What's the best way for team drivers to split the work?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Scoundrel, May 15, 2011.

  1. Scoundrel

    Scoundrel Light Load Member

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    I drove teams several years ago. Back then we'd drive for 5 hours and sleep for 5 hours. But, I never seemed to get enough rest and after three weeks on the road I was beat.

    It always seemed to me a better way would be to split the day up into two shifts, noon and midnight. That way you're working the same hours each day and can fall into a sleep rhythm. Also each driver spends some time driving both day and night and both have a rush hour to deal with. So what if half of my shift is spent sitting on a loading dock? Maybe next time it'll be your turn. That stuff will all work out over the long term.

    It's also my feeling that the truck should stop for an hour each day for the drivers to spend some time taking care of themselves, shower, shave, brush teeth, etc.

    If there's anything wrong about this please tell me what it is. I want to do a good, safe job moving freight efficiently and expeditiously. That means taking care of my needs and getting enough rest.

    Is there a better way?
     
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  3. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

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    No, i agree. i think it should be divided per time, not nessesarily miles or distance.

    If scheduling allows, one driver drives 8 hours, the next driver drives 8, then the truck stops for 8. Still faster than a solo driver.
     
  4. celticwolf

    celticwolf Road Train Member

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    You hit on my major issue with team driving. Does it really work out equal?
    Only way I can see it work is husband/wife teams. Then all the money actually goes to the same place. Even if it's not equal work they at least get all the money. With a stranger you only get half what the truck make regardless of who does what. Works if you are lazy, suck if you aren't
     
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  5. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

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    But it's more important to be well-rested above all else.

    For example, the driver that drives during the day may have to put up with more traffic, more BS etc. but gets to sleep at night. Much worth it in my opinion.

    The driver that has to drive at night may have an "easier" shift and may ende up running fewer miles, but few people can truly, completely adjust to the night shift.

    Distance and miles are not the answer, consistent time scheduling is.
     
  6. otherhalftw

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    Each driver does his/her 10...then 2 hours after 10 for personal and food.....10+2+10+2=24

    The driver coming out of the bunk has 2 (about) hours of non-movement sleep!
     
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  7. Scoundrel

    Scoundrel Light Load Member

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    It's my feeling that if both drivers work their shifts it may not work out even on miles for any single trip or even over a number of trips. But, over the long term, I think it'll work out to pretty close to even as long as one driver doesn't consistently stop needlessly.
     
  8. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

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    Whenever i go team i just wait until the other driver is ready to go; i don't absolutely stop at a predetermined point because s/he has to do their "fair share" of the driving.

    i mean, i love driving so what's the big deal? It's more important to me that the driver that is going to take over after me is well rested. i'm just going to go to sleep, so if i'm wore out who cares?
     
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  9. lostNfound

    lostNfound Road Train Member

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    This is how I did when I ran team... which I'll never do again. :biggrin_25523:
     
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  10. Allow Me.

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    There's going to be "give and take" when team driving. Since you pick and deliver at various times and may finish your "shift" early, it won't always work out evenly. Then you need to agree on who likes day driving and night driving. Does the second driver need to get up when backing at the shipper dock? If driver one is fueling and grabbing a shower at 2 am, will driver two get up and also get a shower, even though he's only been sleeping 3 hours? Need to be flexable.
     
  11. Scoundrel

    Scoundrel Light Load Member

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    This is why I suggested splitting the day at noon and midnight. Both drive day and night and both have a rush hour to contend with.

    For example, I start driving at midnight, drive for three hours and arrive to be unloaded. But, they cannot get to us right away. So I spend the next 4 hours waiting to be unloaded. Now it's 7AM and I still have a few hours, so I drive out and head towards our next pick up. It takes about an hour to get there and another hour to get loaded. Then I drive out and Fuel the truck and weigh the load, say another hour. Now it's 10 AM and I've only driven about 5 hours. I could drive another hour, but it may be tough finding another good place to swap out. Either way, when it's the co-driver's turn he'll have a shift that'll likely be all driving. Maybe that doesn't seem fair, but it could be him sitting on a dock next time and me doing more driving.

    Also, noon is a good time to park and take care of personal needs like grooming and such. At midnight it's hard to find a parking space. So, why shouldn't both drivers take their personal time at the noon shift change?
     
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