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Old 04-04-2014, 11:50 AM   #21
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To each his own I guess, but I hope the driver realizes that if (when) he gets too tired he's not too stubborn to stop at a rest area.

For me personally, I can't go much more than 6 hours in a row. My lower back just can't take sitting that long.

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:57 AM   #22
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IMO, I wouldn't want to do that much windshield time in a day. If they've been out a month already, I know they are probably anxious to get home, but why risk an accident this close to the end? I'd split it up into a "reasonable" day, then a short day to finish up and arrive at home at a decent hour.

There is a reason the Feds limit OTR drivers' hours of service.

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Old 04-04-2014, 12:02 PM   #23
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I'm having enough concerns figuring out how to pull off a long haul with 3 drivers and we're all in our 30's (tail end mind you). With a class A it might not be so bad as the switch-off driver can get some real sleep compared to sleeping in a minivan, but you need to have that switch-off driver. I couldn't fathom trying to do it all myself in one shot.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:24 PM   #24
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More info. The destination is home after being away for a month. There is no need to do the trip in one day other than they want to.

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Then no, not wise or necessary. That could be done in two easy days.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:15 PM   #25
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I am surprised by the comments here. That is a lot of driving but I don't think at age 60 it is out of the question. I think it depends more on the health of the driver. I have done nearly 500 miles on a motorcycle several times and that is tough. But driving a vehicle is not nearly so. Maybe it is what you are use to though as I have driven a lot in my life and don't consider it a chore.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:06 PM   #26
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They’re 60 years old. Man, 40 years ago, they were 20 years old. Just think how many things have changed in 4 decades. They got more distracted drivers today than they did 40 years ago; for example, you have cell phones with people texting, calling people, and answering the calls. Because they have more drivers, they probably have more drunk drivers today. Their bodies have changed; they don’t see as well. Too, their reflexes and responses are not as quick as they were 40 years ago. They probably don’t hear as well as they did at age 20. They may be on medications.

I think the risks outweigh the reward; if there is a reward. The reward will only be realized if they make it home safely. I think for themselves and for their loved ones, they should not make that drive as planned.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:37 PM   #27
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I am 50 this year and would not do it unless it was an emergency! I do 400 a day max now, and enjoy every mile....once I hit 401 miles I am ready for the adult beverage and down time.....(also don't drive at night). My wife won't drive, so its just me. If I had another driver, maybe....
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:42 PM   #28
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As a professional bus driver the 15 hour day is right at the legal limit for us. That 15 hours is realistically only about 12 travelling after meal, fuel, and other stops to check around the vehicle, that means they would have to average some 60mph to achieve their goal - a totally unrealistic goal considering that over 50% of time is spent on State highways. I've done 22 hour drives across Europe, but only with a second driver, and a bed so that one driver sleeps while the other is at the wheel doing 4 hour stints and thats not fun.
I think it is dangerous (for any age), thoughtless of other road users, but above all else POINTLESS.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #29
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When I reach the 400 to 450 mile mark I am done for. 725 in a day would be something I would not do.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:37 PM   #30
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I am almost 60 and based on the provided information I would do it in a heart beat because I have done so when heading out, having posted this I do not suggest it unless you do it a lot.

You are on the way to a place that will be there at 8am that same morning and will feel like doing some unloading and cleanup.

I see no viable reason to push harder than needed.

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