Impossible runs given by dispatch, cannot make appoinment time.

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by thelinedriver, Dec 6, 2022.

  1. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Yeah no. You are going to have to average 70mph if u base it on driving 10 hours a day plus extra time to find parking... Thats if you know 100% where u can park and if you can make it there in time while mainting 650+ mile a day minimum....The mountains on i80 and i84 are going to slow you down , doesnt matter if ur truck is ungoverned or not... Those interestates this time of year , you are not running full speed anyways, because it is always snowing somewhere.... Maybe during the summer, with a little bit of experience on this route. Know where the quick fuel stops are at. The rest areas for most efficient 30 min break and truckstops that have parking anytime of day and night, you may be able to do it... But still gonna be tough in 3 days... Why is it such a big deal to add an extra day onto a load ?
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    DRTDEVL Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Austin, MN
    Because the company probably booked a team load and think a solo can do it while they pocket the extra cash.
  4. LameMule

    LameMule Heavy Load Member

    Jan 19, 2020
    The simple answer is desk jockeys punch the route into Google and it spits out a 70/75/80mph trip time. Desk jockeys don't account for variables outside of "the calculator says" and are busy creeping on the new secretary while you're expected to be white knuckling ice covered roads at any hour of day or night.
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  5. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    How are ya making it on that load?
  6. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Between here and eternity
    Nothing and I mean nothing pisses me off more than to hear this. Do not compare me to another person. God made me an individual, a very unique individual, so get off of that wagon, I
  7. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar


    541 miles driven today with7 hrs 58 minutes left to drive.
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  8. Capacity

    Capacity Road Train Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wi
    Isn't Oregon speed limit still 55.
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  9. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Most of i5 is 60mph if I remember correctly . Haven't been out there in year or so.
  10. Thrasher28

    Thrasher28 Light Load Member

    Aug 12, 2021
    Bowling Green, KY
    I just accept the loads, give them my actual ETA, run my hours as hard as I legally can, and it gets there when it gets there. No other advice to be given, really. When you run your 11 hours driving and the only stopping is for a mandatory 30, no one can really complain. Hasn’t happened to me, but when I get ‘impossible’ loads, I’ll send an ETA in writing on the Qualcomm, and then I’ll take a picture of my miles driven and my logs showing that I did everything I legally could. If a company ever considers that a late delivery and lets me go, I’ll have proof that says otherwise for future employers.

    Only factors you can control is keeping your left door shut and taking exactly 30 minute and 10 hour breaks. You’d be surprised how few drivers actually do that. Just look on forums and social media and see how many drivers think 600 miles is a record setting day
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  11. Veteran driver

    Veteran driver Medium Load Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Long haul trucking is something everyone does differently. Some drivers like to take a nap half way through, others may stop to eat lunch at a restaurant, still others like to drive relentlessly throughout the day like the 6th Panzer division. And that’s ok. Everyone has their own way of dealing with the rigors of long hours in the seat, driving. Whatever gets you through the night.
    This entire industry is structured on a “get it there yesterday” mentality. Hurry hurry hurry, go, go, go. Don’t stop, must continue. That seed of urgency has been firmly placed in the psyche of many OTR drivers to compel them to run loads (ostensibly under the guise of safety)… and yet be on time “Safely” in spite of extremely tight appointments. I get it.. customers have the right to get their goods delivered in a timely manner. But where is it safe? There’s nothing safe about coercing a driver to run extremely tight load’s just because it’s been normalized in this industry.

    That’s the operative word here. There’s a difference between timely and the absurd.
    Seriously! You can’t make this #### up. You don’t have to kill yourself driving a #### truck to earn a living!! Who wants to drive like that ? That sort of UPS style of logistics where every second is accounted for. Planning your bowel movements, calculating unexpected urinating stops. That relentless non stop mentality day after day after day. Burned out, driving at someone else’s pace

    YOU DRIVE THAT TRUCK, you set a pace your comfortable with. Just because a load can be delivered legally no matter how tight it is doesn’t mean every driver can physically do it.

    “This job ain’t for sissies”

    You’re not a Sissy if you can’t run like a bat out of hell because “other drivers do it”.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2022
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