How do you run?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Bozwik, Jun 22, 2022 at 11:36 PM.

  1. Bozwik

    Bozwik Light Load Member

    Mar 28, 2022
    Titusville, FL
    What would be a sensible routine driving OTR? I'm not talking about local or regional, but long haul dry vans and refer, flat bed if it applies. Do you run hard or smart or maybe both? I know someone who insists that this is the way to make miles.

    He gets up around 3:30 am. Goes to the bathroom, does his post-trip and then hauls ###. No breakfast or coffee and doesn't have anything to eat until he stops around 4 or 5 at night. He stops at loves only, no other truck stops like a mom and pop with a nice sit down restaurant... it's fast food only and roller dogs.

    Has two pairs of clothes with him, doesn't do laundry and showers, maybe once a week if that, and yes he stinks really really bad. When I run, I like breakfast. And it doesn't have to be first thing, but at least withing the first 2 hours after running down the road. I have enough clothes for 2 weeks, maybe more. I shower at least every other day and my favorite parking areas are ones that are off the beaten path with a decent restaurant. I do my grocery shopping and try to prepare most of my meals in the truck, crockpot, microwave and frying pan.

    I don't have any problems getting good miles doing it this way and less stressful. I also try to do some mind of exercises and stretches.
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Do it your way and you'll live longer and with good health.
  4. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Could be anywhere
    Quit chasing miles. Chase revenue. I made the switch seven years ago and I will never go back to chasing miles. I’ll run local for hourly pay first. Good luck.
  5. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    All depends, some people can get up at 330 every morning and not eat anything all day and then have "food" that evening. If I wake up much before 7 for more than a couple days I get a little irate, doesn't matter how long I slept either. I don't generally eat breakfast on the road either but like to stop and have a decent meal, either steak or chicken, at least once a day, ive been known to go out of my way a few miles for a good steak. Unfortunately all the decent places with real food are getting fewer and farther between.
  6. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    Its just personal preference. I dont like waking up at 3:30 ... But i normally plan everything with traffic in mind . I like partials if they are worth it , my ideal miles is 700-900 , i can reload every day no problem ( some people can do 2-3 loads locally daily , some loves cross country ) ...i run hard , but i never spend more than 5-6 days in a truck , most of the weekend home . Food ?? Lol - lost 20 lbs in last 2 weeks watching my diet ...just wanted to be lighter coffee or pops for me
  7. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    U can run hard like that but for what? U just get burned out. A lack of good food takes a toll on not only your physical health but mentally. Especially when ur away from home along time. clean clothes and clean bedding. Smelling nice after a shower. Its the little things that keep me sane and feeling like a normal person. That guy obviously has a dispatcher cracking the whip. god forbid you should have a nice meal or want to do some things a normal person should do.
  8. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    I don't eat breakfast, because it takes me hours of being awake before I'm hungry. Always been like that. Don't drink coffee unless I'm pulling a 34, because I need to be stationary. It....does things to me. Ideally, I try to be on the road around 10 pm. Much more peaceful at night. Mom and pops for sleep and diesel, mega stops for showers.
  9. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    I’d rather do it your way than his. I see a lot of Drivers in a big hurry. All stressed out for no reason. What’s the point? Day in and day out. Does he get anymore work accomplished than you? I doubt it.
  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Just driving themselves to an early grave. Either by stress or to the eventual accident waiting for them around the corner
  11. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    Lots more miles if he showers only once every 2 weeks.
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