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Well driver not sure just what your looking for, but with anything in this industry, "night driving" is how it gets done..?
If there are any "day time starts" that usually comes in seniority....?
I mean you just don't hire on and expect to get "the start time of your choice" now do you..? LOL
Less traffic congestion, you don't have many management people to follow you, most deliveries are for morning appointments, cooler driving in the summer.
Which adds up to "less stress" for me while I'm getting paid...?
So your saying you would turn down a 60, to 80 thousand a year salary because of a night start time..?
Your still going to see some day light on your work day.
Afternoon start time gives you some daylight, and you get to return home most of the time..?
So yeah a matter of choice, but for me it's all about "revenue dollars"...!
As I recall, when the temps get below 20 degrees they want you to idle to prevent freezing up.
You should send a message or call in with the temperature when you intend to idle in winter and IT WON'T go against you for your bonus.
I never had a problem with winter idling.
I Try to drive night when i was with C.R.England driving 2 or 3 hrs into night not so bad, But to drive 10 12 hrs thats whole different thing after last company I work for we pick up in afternoon or morning and drop the next morning ,or we drop at night -n- pick up in morning. But due to the economy they shut down. so driving up until 9 10 at night ain't so bad . Then driving at night into the early mornings hours I'm not into it. Some drivers are but i know my Comfort zone -n- limits and moneys not worth challenging it.
Nowadays I drive at all times, and I see Schneider trucks out at all times too, so I would say that it is pretty common for all companies.
Congratulations on moving on from C. R. England.
There are better driving positions for sure.
They take advantage of their new drivers, and the driver trainers aren't much better by what you mentioned about " he drives during the day, you the trainee drives at night".
If you were my trainee, I would sit up with you and give you some pointers on night driving, and as you became comfortable leave you on your own, which anytime you could stop, wake me to ask questions for something you don't understand.
Night driving is about have a comfortable feeling for it.
Besides being a coffee drinker (which I'm not anymore) let me offer some suggestions on how to prepare for it should you have to become night drivers.
The rest cycle is important which you know.
If your bedroom curtains don't darken your bedroom enough during the day, apply black construction paper to those windows to block out daylight.
Turn your phones off...! Cell phone, house phone, a voice mail with a message that you will return calls when you awake will do.
Let the T. V. or radio playing rock you too sleep.
A balanced meal when you start your day is good, soup salad, a portioned meal is good.
If your a breakfast eater, nothing wrong with eating a breakfast at 9, 10 o'clock in the evening.
When you stop for a meal, try and keep it light, a heavy meal will drain your energy, and make you sleepy if you still have miles to travel before your through.
Keep cold drinking water available, freeze a couple of bottled waters to carry from home, a large cup of ice water, something you can drink in addition to your coffee.
Last thing, when you finish your run, avoid eating a big meal then going to sleep.
Sleeping on a full stomach, isn't good for you, and may cause un-comfort, while trying to sleep, which may keep you awake[SIZE=4], al[SIZE=4]so lead to weight gain.
I drove a number of years as a union driver, and the majority of my runs were at night.
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Day break was my hardest time, which I found a rest area to lay my head over the steering wh[SIZE=4]eel to let the day[SIZE=4]light to get going.
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