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I have read a few responses on what can and can not be done, but I would like to hear what you think is a <B>REASONABLE</B> weekly mileage figure for OTR drivers.
Back in the 70's, the equipment was not as good and the national speed limit was 55. Now the equipment is better and some states have raised the speed limits.
Some of you might remember those "good old days" and it would be nice to see your thoughts on weekly miles 20 or 30 years ago compared to today. How 'bout it RABELAM, IRR, Zigzag, etc?
Has the average weekly mileage changed in the past 30 years? What is it now? LOG it LEGAL ZIG!!
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That's a question that really has too many variables to answer. Under the"rules" I don't see
how anyone could average more than 3k a week under ideal conditions anywhere. I was a Union driver and could never log more than 2.5k
without a call from the Safety Dept. questioning my calculations.
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I run west, so the only place I deal with the lower speed limits is in CA.
Normally I do a 6-7 day (occasionally more) turn from Mankato, MN to Los Angeles / San Diego. Depending on where I go to in the LA / SD area is where my weekly miles differ. Also, normally I have 2-10 drops. The more drops, the longer it takes.
Normally, I'll leave on a Monday or a Thursday. 2.75 days road time (one way, good weather only), make my deliveries and picks, then back home.
Each round averages 3800 to 4300 miles.
Normally I take 3-4 days off between rounds.
Last year I averaged 2 turns a month to CA, plus the other trips to other areas of the country I did also.
[This message was edited by Hoss on February 05, 2003 at 19:02.]
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I saw 10,000 per month at werner and crete
I would expect 2500 miles as normal.
It seems that many companies that are in the higher cents per mile bracket have more shorter runs
crete had 12,000 every month drivers and others at 9,000 a month
At the end of one january a dispatcher asked me how the hell I got 10,000 miles,she hadn't seen many people near those miles,because freight was so slow.
every company has drivers all over the place for miles,where you will fall is anyone's guess.
They enlisted the Teamstersâ€™ help after the company decided that it would no longer pay them hourly wages but compensate them based on mileage, which would have cut their income in half
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the quality of the driver pool slowly diminished until truck driving was reduced to a profession of last resort
Been a while since I saw anything on it, but last article I saw gave average weekly miles at around 2300 for flatbeds, 2800 for vans.
In a 7 day week (as oppossed to a truckdriver week which is from 8 to 14 days) about 3300 is around the max that can be logged without running into trouble.
Can cause many arguments with this, but average speeds and miles HAVE NOT changed much in the last 30 years even with the higher speed limits.
When I drove western regional for Schneider the norm for me was 1400-1800 miles per week and I was bumping the 70. Of course I'm an absolute "Nazi" when it comes to truthfully logging ALL driving time and ALL time that falls within the legal definition of "on duty not driving" as such. In other words what OOIDA wants drivers to do in June is what I've basically been doing all along. For a 48-state configuration about 2000 miles per week would be a good ballpark figure give or take a few hundred depending on circumstances.
As the other posters stated, a lot will depend on your routes and how quickly you can get re-loaded.
I run Nebraska to Florida (or thereabouts) and back each week. Not quite a dedicated run as I deliver several locations.
I have drop and hook trailers at the start point. I average 3600 miles per week.
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