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New in the trucking industry? Wondering how many miles can a truck driver drive in a day? In this blog, you’ll learn exactly what this number is. Not only that, but you’ll also find out which are the main things that influence this number as well.
Knowing the number of miles you’re going to travel is a must if you’re a trucker. After all, the more miles you travel, the better you’ll get paid, right?
Well, it isn’t simply like that.
You see, there are many things to keep in mind when finding out the number of miles you can trouble. That’s why we’ll go over each of these factors.
These are the main things that influence truckers’ speed, time, and mile limits:
When it comes to weekly limits, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA for short, states that truckers must follow the 60/70-hour limit. This limit says that drivers must not go over 60 hours driving in a 7-day period and 70 hours in 8 days.
Moreover, after driving for 60 to 70 hours in a week, drivers must then take 34 consecutive hours (or more) off the wheel. During this restart time, many truckers tend to do any unrelated driving jobs, such as loading and unloading.
So, how many miles can a truck driver drive in a day? As we said before earlier, many factors impact this number. However, the average number of miles ranges from 605 to 650 miles. This translates into 55 to 60 miles per hour in an 11-hour shift.
Although this is the average range, keep in mind that not every day will be like that. Additionally, the maximum time limit for when it comes to working typically is 14 hours, and a 10-consecutive-hour time shift off work must follow it.
We first have the 11-hour driving shift.
This driving shift applies whenever a trucker has a shift that consists of 14 consecutive hours. Once you hit the 11-hour mark driving, you’ll need to stop driving your truck. Nonetheless, your job may be soon from over, since it’s very likely that you’ll spend these 3 hours on job-related tasks.
Also, in this regulation, truckers must not have over 8 hours from their last off-duty. If they do, then it’s very likely that truck companies won’t allow you to drive.
We then have 14-hour working shifts.
Just like there’s a driving time limit, there’s also a maximum working limit as well. This 14-hour limit also implies that truckers must not drive at all, even if they’re off duty. The reason behind this is because off-duty time doesn’t lengthen or extend this working shift.
In order to avoid stopping in the middle of nowhere after reaching their limit, truckers must strategically plan their trip.