How Much Driving Do Truckers Really Do?
Though truckers have a variety of responsibilities, their core job description can more or less be summed up as “driving.” However, excessive driving can be both monotonous and dangerous, as it increases the odds of getting into a lethal truck accident due to drowsy driving or general inattention. This raises the question, how much driving do truckers actually do? It depends, but on average, truckers drive approximately 500 miles every day. Regardless of what vehicle you drive, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the risky implications of that much driving.
Hours of Service Regulations
Shift limits for truckers come in the form of what are known as “hours of service regulations” put out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations limit the number of hours that truckers can travel for, effectively placing a vague cap on miles driven as well, depending on routes, speeds, and stops. To be specific, hours of service regulations restrict truckers to:
- A maximum of 11 hours of driving a day, which can be extended by 2 hours if unexpected adverse driving conditions crop up.
- A maximum of 60 hours of driving per week, and a maximum of 70 hours of driving in an eight-day period.
Many truckers max out their weekly driving allowances, which far exceed the average 8-hour workdays of most other workers. Furthermore, some truckers are known to willfully violate the limitations set forth by the FMCSA, doing even more extreme amounts of driving despite the illegality and danger of their actions, usually out of a desire for additional pay or to fulfill tight delivery schedules.
The Risks of Excessive Driving
With the sheer amount of driving undertaken by truckers, they’re inherently far more likely to get into an accident at some point, no matter how competent they may be. More miles driven is more time to make a mistake and a higher likelihood of encountering negligent drivers or hazardous roadway conditions.
More concerningly, drowsy driving is extremely common among overworked truckers and those that violate hours of service regulations. Fatigue behind the wheel can be just as impairing as excessive alcohol consumption, making it extremely important to both prevent exhaustion in yourself and to be able to recognize the signs of drowsy driving in others. Failing to do either could lead to an avoidable and potentially lethal drowsy driving truck accident.
Handling Truck Accidents in Arizona
Getting into a truck accident is more likely than you might think, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. ELG’s seasoned Arizona truck accident attorneys can answer any and all questions you might have about truck accidents and the claims process on the whole, so take this opportunity to schedule a free consultation with us at (623) 877-3600. We have the tools necessary to confidently represent your case, giving you the best possible chance at receiving complete compensation for the losses you suffered during and as a result of the truck crash. We’ll handle the challenges of the claims process on your behalf, so you can relax and focus on the things that matter in your life.