View Poll Results: How long do you usually drive without stopping?
2 hours 4 8.89%
3 hours 10 22.22%
4 hours 10 22.22%
5 hours 7 15.56%
6 hours 14 31.11%
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Old 03-06-2006, 03:21 AM
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Where is the 6 or more option?
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:54 AM
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I was sure I added "6 hours or more" as the last option in the poll. Somehow it didn't show. I can't change it now :sad:
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:33 AM
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all depends on how im feeling, , i cant legally say how long ive been in a driver seat for... can say i have spent sometimes 2 hours before i got to stretch my legs to 12 hours before i gotta P. if im a bs, chip haul runs, them i spend upwards of 8 hours in the truck before i really have a chance to take a break. and thats only if things arent "EASY IN AND OUT" normal day im sitting around at 1 end for a hour -3 hours, and 20 minutes on the other end of the trip.
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:55 AM
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I'm a girl, and you all know how we are.......LOL, but seriously, I stop every couple of hundred miles, maybe every 250, go to the bathroom, get a drink, maybe a snack, it all depends on the day. Some days it seems you can drive all day, others I don't want to get up.
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I'm glad to see not everybody drives for 10 hours straight. I thought something was wrong with me. I normally re-set my daily trip odometer to zero when I start out in the morning, and when I see a nice number like "200" on it, I stop for about an hour or 45 minutes.

I went from Ontario to British Columbia once and they gave me quite a lot of days to complete the trip. So I divided the mileage (2600) by the days available to me, and it came down to something like 450 miles a day. For the next 6 days I drove 200 miles from morning till lunch, then stopped for an hour and did another 250 before I shut down for the night. I would ocassionally stop for some 15 minutes before or after lunch... This was a good trip :lol: Good money too...
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in europe you may drive for 4 1/2 hours after which you must take a forty five minute break, you can alternatively take three fifteen minute breaks during your first period of driving. you can then drive another 4 1/2 hours and stop for daily rest after that. however on two days per week you can extend driving time to ten hours(2X4 1/2 + 1hr) your driving time must not exceed 56hours in one week and ninety hours in a two week period. daily rest is allowed to be cut short to nine hours on three days of the week(from 11hours) but must be compensated for,i.e paid back; within a three week period. on top of this, we have new european "working time directive" to comply with, which not only complicates matters it also sometimes contradicts standing legislation. failure to comply to any/all of these wonderfully shit laws results in loss of licence, massive fines, imprisonment. wanna job over here? :lol:
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Old 03-06-2006, 01:17 PM
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Thee is nothing like feel good legislation to make us all feel safer. :roll:
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I drive until I want to stop, depends on weather, what I feel like, etc. If I'm hanging iron got to stop do to that, guess you could call that a break of 20 minutes. :roll:

I stop for something to drink usually about 6 hours, unless I get all my liquid at the beginning of my drive time.....then kids 11 hours straight.
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I think there are 4 good reasons not to drive much over 4 hours.

1. Stuff happens to the truck. Somethings if caught early do not fulminate into disasters. One thing about a truck .. lots of stuff that can be very inconvenient when broken are vulnerable The springs supporting air lines, hydraulic lines, tires, etc. Taking a couple of minutes to look might save an hour or two one day.

2. Speaking of tires -- catch a low tire and fill it -- you have averted disaster. Let the tire get hot and blow up, and all those hours running down the road will be for naught waiting for the tire man. Also when tires blow up they send parts and pieces flying that can affect the parts mentioned in bullet #1.

3. Health. Deep Vein Thrombosis and "Irregularity". It was first thought the DVT was a problem in older people then a 26 year old Australian died while sitting in coach for 23 hours. Threw a clot. Your veins unlike your arteries, which have the pressure from your heart to move blood, veins depend on your moving around to move blood. When you do not move your blood clots. This is very bad. Also your intestines have muscles and move stuff through a process called peristalsis. But being regular depends on moving around.

4. Fatigue. The drone of mile after mile is mentally fatiguing. Also, holding your body in the same position all the time is physically fatiguing. Eventually, it catches up.

So taking a break, checking out the truck, moving your legs and body solves lots of problems at very little expense.
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I used to roll for about 4 hours and then stop for an hour. Eat and then grab the MT Bike and pedal away. I would try and stop for food near a cool place to ride.
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