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How to drive for NYC to LA in a WEEKEND (legally)

hey how's it going my name is alex and i

am at the pilot in mawa

mawa new jersey m-a-h-w-h however you

say that town

but anyways i'm at this pilot in new

jersey and in this video

i want to show or share with you guys

how to dr drive

legally okay one important part how to

legally

drive from new york new jersey area

all the way to california over the

weekend

now we're going to jump inside on the

computer and break down the numbers here

in a second but let me tell you about

myself my experience

i have now been a trucker for five years

uh

well no i'm actually not a trucker um a

transporter

a transporter there you go i have been a

transporter

for five years now i started in 2015 and

right now it's 2021

and so i have been working since and

for all those years a logbook was

required recording

your duty status was required now we

just have to do it on a little app with

a little

computer connected to the trucks but

that's beside the point all

five years i have been using logbook and

it's important because

you realize how to really manipulate the

clock in your favor

after some time has gone by after you've

gained some experience

and knowledge in the industry so that's

what i want to share with you guys

how to drive from new york to california

over the weekend all right let's jump

into the truck really quick just to

clarify now that i have it pulled up

guys it's 41 hours from new york to la

and obviously the weekend you know

saturday sunday that there's 48 hours in

the weekend so technically

uh i i'm not talking about doing it

illegally i'm talking about

legally you pick up a load on friday and

you deliver monday because

in in a car or in a normal vehicle you

know by all means you could just drive

straight through if you if you could and

if you really wanted to it's probably

not a good idea so don't do that

but you know here but we haven't pulled

up now so 41 hours

keep that in mind that we're picking up

a load friday morning

and the broker when we book the load

tells us it has to deliver monday

here's how you get it done my first

question to you is how many shifts

are there between friday and monday if

you said two

or three you're wrong there's actually

four shifts right

so friday shift saturday shift sunday

shift

and monday morning shift right so this

is the important part that monday

morning shift is

crucial to making this happen so here's

a scenario right thursday morning or

thursday afternoon you deliver a load

you hop on the load board and you see

what's out there and a load pops up okay

there isn't many loads there isn't many

good loads

but a load pops up and it says must

deliver monday right

now they give you a window on monday to

deliver but it says must deliver monday

and because of that that means they're

probably paying you know sometimes a

dollar eighty

in between a dollar eighty and two

dollars and twenty cents a mile so if

you figure it's about

two thousand uh the route i'm looking at

right here this one two thousand seven

hundred seventy four miles

you figure that's about five thousand

dollars let's just keep it round numbers

for simplicity it probably could be

somewhere in there but five thousand

dollars okay and you're looking at this

load

thinking like oh man if only i could

deliver thursday

right if only our tuesday my apologies

if only instead of monday i could

deliver tuesday

and you're like well let me ask the

broker so you make the phone call you

call the broker it's thursday afternoon

so you can't pick it up today

so it's thursday afternoon you call the

broker you're like hey i can pick up

this load monday that's not a problem

i'm not too far

but is there any way we could deliver

tuesday

and the broker tells you no absolutely

not it has to deliver monday

sometime anytime throughout the day

between you know whatever eight and four

whatever the hours are in california or

something usually like that's for

shippers and receivers eight to four

right and you're like ah darn okay so

when you've been doing this for a while

you realize that yes you should book

that load and here's how okay

so you tell the broker right away i

gotta pick it up first thing in the

morning okay so whenever they open seven

or eight o'clock in the morning

on the east coast it's usually eight

o'clock um you know because they don't

they don't get started super early but

seven to eight in the morning you have

to pick up the load now

you can pick up the load actually a

little bit later than that but no later

the important part is

no later than 10 am that's the important

part do not pick up the load

later than 10 am because that'll mess it

all up so by 10 am you're loaded and

rolling

now a brief explanation on hours of

service is

you can drive up to 11 hours a day when

you're a professional or commercial

driver

and that has to be within your 14-hour

window so you have a 14-hour

shift clock and of that 14 hours 11

hours can be driving right so that's the

important thing

that means you can drive 11 hours now in

that 11 hours

there has to be some kind of 30-minute

stop okay

now it can be like you stop to fill up

and it takes you 15 minutes but then you

have to take a break for the other 15

but throughout the day you have to take

a 30 minute break and so that means in

reality it to do 11 hours it'll take you

at least

11 hours and 30 minutes now every

morning it's recommend or i think every

morning legally you have to do

a pre-trip inspection and i believe even

a post-trip inspection is required

and so those are about like five to 15

minutes a piece so you figure

that each of those will take another 30

minutes let's say

so that means throughout the day it'll

take you 12 hours

to do at a minimum of 12 hours to do

your 11 hour driving right

so even though they say 11 of driving

there's a couple things that you have to

complete so that means you'll be working

for at least 12 hours essentially so

that means if we are loaded

friday before 10 a.m 12 let's just let's

just say 10

no later than 10 a.m that's the

important part so that means 10 a.m

until 10 p.m we have to drive that's the

12-hour shift right

so that means we're doing 12 hours and

at 10 p.m

we stop okay uh so that that's a long

day right can you imagine you're

starting

you know in the morning and you're going

all the way till 10 pm so this will test

your

endurance your abilities it'll push you

you know because if you're a morning

driver

um that you know that really sucks but

if you're an evening driver that's good

but it turns sour quickly because you

have to start waking up earlier and

earlier in the morning legally we're

required to be off duty for 10 hours

and that means the earliest that you

could start your shift again

is 8 am because 10 pm plus 10 hours is 8

am correct

and so 8 am we start the next day shift

and so i don't know where you'd be

around along this route you know

somewhere probably

in indiana maybe uh somewhere around

there

so 8 a.m we're starting our shift and we

do another

12 hours and so that means that 8 p.m

that day

which is now saturday we're stopping so

8 pm 8 a.m to 8 p.m that's our 12 hour

shift up counting right

okay so it's now sunday morning and

you're somewhere in the middle of the

country good job you made it halfway

and so you have to start your shift

though because remember we stopped at 8

p.m on saturday

so that means on sunday morning we start

our shift at six in the morning right 10

hours later

and so that means all day you drive

and you end up probably somewhere in

arizona

something like that right in there

somewhere because that part of the

country is

really wide so you don't actually get

you don't cross as many states

but that's neither here nor there but

still that means we start at

a.m that means we're driving until 6 p.m

and so at 6 pm we shut down and we go to

bed right away don't waste any time

because uh the next morning monday

morning right so the broker's probably

calling you now

hey location update where are you at so

monday morning

we are waking up because we went to bed

at six or off duty at six

ten hours later that puts us at four in

the morning okay

so now somewhere in albuquerque or

somewhere in new mexico

or arizona you're waking up at 4 00 a.m

to do another drive shift so like i

already explained several times if we're

starting at 4 a.m

that means we will be at our delivery

location

let's call it 12 hours later so that

means we are delivering

in like we're and i'm routing it right

to los angeles right i mean sometimes

it's like riverside it's a little less

and often or very rarely i should say

it's actually new york city sometimes

it's like pa new jersey you know what i

mean stuff like that so

this is the most extreme scenario that

i'm giving you so keep that in mind

but you're showing up to let's say your

receivers at 4pm so right away you guys

might be thinking that setting off red

flags

oh alex you missed it because you know

shippers don't work after 4 p.m

you know that's it your theory is gone

nothing worked out

hold on but don't forget we are basing

these hours these clocks this time

off of new york time that's eastern

standard time

and california is not on eastern

standard time

california is on pacific standard time

and that means

4 p.m which is on our drive time that's

what it would be

4 p.m on new york that means it's 1

o'clock in the morning in l.a

and all of a sudden you now drove

through over the weekend you know 2 700

or so miles

you're you're on site with your receiver

at one o'clock in the afternoon

delivering your load and more than

likely you're probably putting five

thousand dollars gross revenue in your

pocket obviously there's gonna be

expenses and if you figure that

a profit margin for an owner operator is

about forty percent

so there you go five thousand dollars

let's say forty percent that's 500

that's about 2 grand after

a bun that sounds a little low i mean

maybe you'll keep a little more than

that but so let's just call it 2 grand

so you're making 2 000

over the weekend driving those miles uh

so that's that's not bad you know that's

why a lot of people are drivers that's

why a lot of people are

truck drivers you know what i mean

because um you can make a living but

how many people run at this

like with this little margin of error

like this is

almost literally no margin of error

right think about it because

here's now the important part is guys

keep in mind that we're doing 11 hours

of driving so

11 times 4 is 44 and the route takes 41

hours

so we have 44 hours of driving that we

have to do in 44 hours of driving i

should say

we have to do 41 hours so it's it's not

hard when you really break it down

just very very few people are willing to

drive

so late at night and then wake up in the

morning or like not pay attention to the

clock because

remember arizona doesn't do the whole

time thing but they're still three hours

ahead right

so when you're waking up that monday

morning in arizona it's one a.m

think about it it's one a.m on the clock

right it's on your clock to pit you have

to follow your

location whichever time your time zone

you're in you live in but

on when you're waking up and driving in

arizona that monday morning

it's one or two in the morning and

that's why most people

can't max out their clock and drive with

such little margin of error

because it takes a long time to develop

a skill that you can like

really extract as much money as out of

the

uh logging or electronic logbook as

possible it takes time to get good at

extracting money from there

now i just want to say that guys for

about

eight months straight i did a run very

similar to this

i did a pennsylvania to washington to

seattle washington

i did it for eight months straight like

once a month every weekend like this

okay so i know that it's possible

it's totally legit you can do it but the

important part a couple key important

things if you are gonna try to do this

a couple of key important things number

one your equipment better be

seriously reliable okay and when i'm

preaching to you guys an enterprise

rental i'm assuming that you're gonna do

this run every weekend just about you

can't do it legally every weekend

because the drive back and then whatever

but so let's say twice a month once or

twice a month you're gonna do this

guys the best truck for the job is an

enterprise rental

so that's why i always recommend it

because i know whenever i had to do it

with an enterprise rental

it was much easier and so but so i was

doing a pa to washington for like eight

months it wasn't really a contract but

it was a broker that just really worked

with me and helped keep me

loaded uh and so uh so number one is

really how you have to have reliable

equipment number two guys and like i

already mentioned it's

there's a slim margin of air so you

can't be doing this during the winter

you can't be here because

you're gonna ruin your reputation with

that broker and they're not going to

want to work with you next time

so you can't be doing this during the

winter and that's actually why i

selected the oklahoma

you know the i-40 route instead of the

colorado route first of all colorado

d.o.t sucks

i don't like colorado d.o.t they're very

aggressive but the second thing is

i think the weather is usually nicer on

this southern route so just keep it in

mind slim margin of air you can't have

any delays okay and then the last thing

is just because it's massively

uncomfortable you know what i mean

that there is no time to play netflix

there's no time to call of duty if you

have a tv in your thing

like there's nothing there's no time for

tick tock or whatever

like you are literally you're driving

for 11 like you're driving for like six

hours you take a break for 30 minutes

and then you drive another five or so

you know whatever the closest truck stop

and i don't want to say truck stop

usually when i do this i sleep on the

exits on-ramps or off-ramps right

because it's literally you're cutting it

down to the minute every single time

and you're just pulling over at the next

available stop and you shut down right

then and there

and so i mean it's it's the extreme guys

there's no doubt in my mind it's the

extreme

and so i don't recommend it to do it

often but

when they hang a load that's 52 500

and it has to deliver monday you really

start you you know having this

information

can be beneficial so anyways guys that's

gonna do it let me know in the comments

down below

um what do you guys think have you done

a run like this before um do you have

any

questions about you know uh what else

what other

tactics or what other things you can do

with the log book

um that are legal and you know on how to

best utilize it so it's most profitable

for you

let me know in the comments down below

and i will see everyone in the next

video bye