Nighttime driving vs Daytime

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by newbee NC, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Medium Load Member

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    I can deal with either driving daytime, or night time. Given a preference, I will drive daytime. Get up early in the morning, be done early in the afternoon. Doesn't always work out like that though.
     
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  3. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    It doesn't matter if its summer or winter. When the sun goes down I get sleepy.


    A friend of mine can do swing shift like it isn't even there. I'm jealous because I would run at night for the reasons mentioned if I could stay awake.
     
  4. L.B.

    L.B. Third Generation Truck Driver

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    When I fly while deployed we are almost exclusively fly at night. Got so bad we would rush to be in the rack before the sun came up after a flight so we wouldn't see the sun and not be able to sleep. Felt like a #### vampire. We even had our wings on our uniforms made to look like batwings because of it. The desert is cooler at night so it worked out OK for us.

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  5. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    It would take me a very long time to aclimate to all nights. Several yrs ago long before I was a trucker I did the night shift at a ranch calving. 6 nights a week. After 3 months it was better, but not easy to stay awake all night. Took another 3 months after that until I could sleep ALL night thru. I guess some of us aint cut out for shift work.
     
  6. Ronnocomot

    Ronnocomot Road Train Member

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    When I lived in Chicago I did the overnight shift for 6 years. 1130p.m. to 730a.m., of course I was in the Sears Tower, so I didn't need to steer a vehicle.
    I loved the overnight.
    I used to stop by the quick mart to grab a roadie beer on the way to the train home , and gross out the folks walking to work at 7:45 in the morning, carrying their coffee.
    Sure got some funny looks.
     
  7. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Medium Load Member

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    I would like to see the trucking industry get to a point where you could either drive day, or night. One or the other, not both. Where I have problem at night is when I have driven the day before, got a good night sleep, then get stuck waiting all day to reload. By the time the product is ready, I am ready to go to sleep, and unless I am heading back to the house with the load, going to sleep is usually what I end up doing.

    That would require shippers/receiver to cater some to truckers though, and that will never happen :)
     
  8. alcook3791

    alcook3791 Bobtail Member

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    just a quick reply, as for the sleeping during the day thing goes, it's not that easy, but not impossible<tells you alot, huh?> as for idleaire, it should come installed on company driver trucks, but the igniter on mine kept frying itself on the one i had back in 2004, good when it works though. at least now, most punkins have them, so don't buy your own, i had 1 truck that had one, out of the 5 different trucks i drove for schneider.
     
  9. rick263

    rick263 Bobtail Member

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    i agree, the worst factor can be waiting on a load after you unload. that usually starts a completely new time schedule for ya. and some receivers i deal with lock up from 7pm - 7am. on a good dedicated run, or drop and hook yards, you can definitely establish a more set work schedule tho!
     
  10. volvodriver01

    volvodriver01 Road Train Member

    I don't mind driving at night as long as I am not rushing along. As long as I can stop off and eat a good meal and relax along the way then I don't have the traffic to fight and I can really enjoy the drive. I would prefer to drive in the daytime though as in run from 6:30ish am to 10pm is the perfect time frame for me personally. I get my best sleep in the truck during the night time hours...
     
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