To all the OTR roaders out there ,how much time do you spend driving on a highway

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  1. mcmanly

    mcmanly Light Load Member

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    Or interstate or express or whatever they're are calling it nowa days
     
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  3. cabwrecker

    cabwrecker The clutch wrecker

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    Anywhere from 40-70% depending on which company I'm trying to deliver.
    With Walmart DC deliveries, it's around 40%.

    But that's reefer freight; they're going to break down every single pallet and count it down.

    Once sat in a dock at C&S wholesale in Upper Marlboro, VA for 24'ish hours, once- not even kidding.


    EDIT; I can see where you're going with this. The most venerated and sought after runs, typically in my realm of freight, come from the SW. Specifically, CA. A lot of guys on here, like to ##### about L.A. I never did. I got a lot of good freight out of L.A. Almost always produce, headed to the East coast. Easy 2,500-2,800 miles, easy. Maybe not other guys. I dunno what their deal is. That's just mine. Maybe it's an isolated incident.

    What I can say, is that these were big, uninterrupted runs. Some of them (40-60%) were drop and hook right back to the midwest.
    Good miles. Always valued getting to the west coast, always meant a good paycheck.

    Most of the non-interstate driving was on US highways and some state highways.
    Do your homework, and check restricted routing in your atlas. If you roll up to a low bridge, try not to turn your wagon into a tuna can.
     
  4. HotH2o

    HotH2o Road Train Member

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    I'd say 85% of my driving is done on highways, freeways and interstates.
     
  5. TwinStickPeterbilt

    TwinStickPeterbilt Heavy Load Member

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    As much 2 lane I can get on.
     
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  6. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

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    I am on the Major highways an average of 7 hours a day. Smaller roads and city streets 1 hour and parked the rest of the time.

    Trucking is run with military precision i.e. "hurry up and wait."
     
  7. NewNashGuy

    NewNashGuy Road Train Member

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    As much time is required. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10+ hours. Especially before the 8 hour rule I would drive about 10.5 hours per day straight. Mostly interstate and one stop to fuel up and eat.
     
  8. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Most of the time I'm on the interstate, but . . .

    If I see an obese trainer who smokes - I avoid them on the footpath.
     
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  9. Skunk_Truck_2590

    Skunk_Truck_2590 Road Train Member

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    24hrs beats the hell out of 3-4 days at a JBS meat plant in Cactus, TX. sorry SOB's! lol.
     
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  10. dca

    dca Road Train Member

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    commonly reffered to and also known as. "The Road" everyone understands that one

    as in OTR = over the road

    To answer your. question .. as much time as it takes
     
  11. GenericUserName

    GenericUserName Road Train Member

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    It depends man. Shippers/receivers like to keep you waiting for hours sometimes a day or longer. So far for me its been 2-3 days to a destination, straight nonstop driving time, then wait for customer. Because my company does only live load /unload so that takes more time. Im going to say 75% of the time is spent driving on a highway.
     
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