Setting the Record Straight on Expedited Freight Hours Restrictions and TEAM Transit

We have all heard it - "What do you mean the truck can't run 2200 miles direct? I hired a TEAM! They don't have to stop or take DOT Breaks"!

This blog is meant to clear up the misconception that a truck with Team Drivers can roll 24 hours a day.

Restrictions For Truck Drivers

On America’s roads, truck drivers cannot drive for more than 11 hours a day.

Additionally, each section of driving a truck driver finishes must be followed by a 10-hour continuous break period.

Couple this with the other FMCSA truck driver restrictions and the amount of miles a truck can travel in a day dwindles significantly.

As a general rule of thumb, you should expect your shipment — when handled by one driver — to travel no more than 500 miles in a day.

As such, you’ll need to coordinate your shipment with your transportation partner ahead of time to promote the efficiency of your supply chain.

Note, the moment you begin to depend on your carrier’s ability to rush the delivery of your freight is the moment you’ll begin to fail in meeting your deadline.

Using a Driving Team For Your Freight

If you’ve read this far, you may be left concerned and a little frustrated that your shipment's delivery time is subject to elements that are out of your control like governmental restrictions and LOH — don’t panic, there’s an alternative.

Through the use of a driving team, you can expedite the shipment of your freight.

By a “driving team,” we are referring to a pair of drivers who work in tandem to increase the speed of your delivery.

While one driver is taking their 10-hour break, the other driver is behind the wheel.

When done correctly, this type of shipping strategy can be highly efficient. You should note that even when using a team, the nonstop transportation of freight is simply impossible. As mentioned above, in conjunction with the FMCSAs regulations, no driver can sit behind the wheel for more than 11 hours a day.

By doing some simple addition we’re able to equate that even if both drivers maximize their driving time, they’re still only able to get 22 hours of driving accomplished.

For those of you needing to move your freight over distances that fall into the “long-haul” range, this type of efficiency will very likely meet your shipping deadlines.

If not, planning ahead for your shipments — especially those with extended distances — is your best bet.

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