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

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by mcmanly, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. mcmanly

    mcmanly Light Load Member

    Sep 22, 2012
    NE PA
    Or interstate or express or whatever they're are calling it nowa days
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  3. cabwrecker

    cabwrecker The clutch wrecker

    Mar 23, 2012
    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

    Sep 23, 2012
    Bunyan Springs, Colorado
    I'd say 85% of my driving is done on highways, freeways and interstates.
  5. TwinStickPeterbilt

    TwinStickPeterbilt Heavy Load Member

    Mar 16, 2013
    Henderson, KY
    As much 2 lane I can get on.
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  6. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Liberty, Missouri
    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

    Jul 27, 2011
    US and Canada
    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

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    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

    Feb 16, 2007
    Shreveport, LA.
    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

    May 31, 2011
    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

    May 17, 2014
    Santa Monica, CA
    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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