How To Read The Hours Of Service ETA Calculator!

Updated: Nov 22, 2018


Learn how to read the Hours of Service ETA Calculator from the Truckers Trip Planning App, determine whether you have the required hours of service for the load, and determine the remaining hours of service you have left for your next load.


Objective: Determine if you should accept the load based on the #hoursofservice requirements, reject the load, or inform your dispatcher that the load will need to be relayed to another driver.


To learn how to use the Hours of Service ETA Calculator we will use the following scenario:


On September 2, 2018 you did an #hoursofservicerecap to determine you had 4 hours and 11 minutes left on your 70 hour clock. On September 2, 2018, you received your dispatch and updated the Truckers Trip Planning Worksheet with your dispatch requirements which required you to drive 15 miles from your current location to your pickup appointment on September 3, 2018 at 08:00 a.m. You had a delivery window scheduled for September 4, 2018 at the latest time of 11:59 p.m. which was 648.3 miles East of your pickup which required you to cross 1 time zone. You indicated that you would need 1 - 30 minute fuel stop and because this was a live load you selected 1 hour each for loading and unloading. You planned the trip at 50 miles per hour and you selected 2 stops for the load.


Without the Truckers Trip Planning App and the #HoursofServiceETACalculator, you would probably be stressing now trying to figure out how you will run this load with only 4 hours of service remaining and if you accepted it, you would probably be under stress the entire run worrying about it.


However the beauty of having the Truckers Trip Planning App and the Hours of Service ETA Calculator, is that you can quickly see if it is at all possible to run this load and relieve yourself of that unwanted stress in less than 5 minutes.


The Fact is that if you can start your clock on time, you can run this load, deliver it 13 hours early, and have 4 hours and 35 minutes left on your 70 hour clock after you run the load.



  1. According to the Hours of Service Recap Calculator, you have 4 hours and 11 minutes left on your 70 hour clock.

  2. Based on the total distance of 663.3 miles driving 50 miles per hour you will need 13 hours and 16 minutes of drive time for the load.

  3. To reach your pickup on time you will need to start your clock on September 3, 2018 at 06:42:54 a.m. do your first pretrip, fuel and then drive 18 minutes to your pickup.

  4. At your pick up you will need to load for 1 hour and start driving to your delivery.

  5. During your trip you will have to stop for an 8 hour break, do your first post trip, and take a 10 hour rest break. Get up the next morning and do your second pretrip. Then continue driving to your delivery.

  6. On September 4, 2018 you will arrive at your delivery and use 1 hour to unload, and 30 minutes for your second post trip.

  7. You will be available for another load at 11:57 a.m. on September 4, 2018.

Hours of Service Required:

The load required 13.27 hours of drive time (663.3 /50) and another 4.5 hours of on duty not driving time (2-30 minute pretrips, 2-30 minute post trips, 1-30 minute fuel stop, 1-hour to load, and 1-hour to unload) which resulted in a total of 17.77 hours of service to run the load.


Total Overall Hours Required:

Based on the 17.77 hours (17 hours and 46.2 minutes) you had to take 1-8 hour required break and 1-10 hour required break and 1-hour was added because you traveled East and crossed 1-Time Zone which added 11.5 hours (11 hours and 30 minutes) to the trip that was required but not reportable as hours of service. This made the trip require 29.27 hours (29 hours and 16 minutes).


Accounting of Run Time:

You started at 6:42 on September 3, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. on September 3, 2018, 1 hour and 18 minutes elapsed. You arrived at 10:27 a.m. on September 4, 2018 in a different time zone. 27 hours, 46 minutes, and 54 seconds had elapsed. You were ready for your next load at 11:57 on September 4, 2018, 29 hours, 16 minutes had elapsed.


Accounting For Your Hours of Service:

You started with 4 hours and 11 minutes and gained 18 hours and 10 minutes while running the load. You gained 9 hours and 13 minutes on September 2, 2018 at midnight. At midnight on September 3, 2018, you gained 8 hours and 57 minutes. This resulted in you having 22.35 hours (22 hours and 21 minutes) available for the load. The load required 17.77 hours (17 hours and 46.2 minutes) This results with you having 4.58 hours (4 hours and 35 minutes) available for a new load.


What To Watch:

If the new Hours of Service Available would have been negative then of course you would not have been able to legally run this load.


Super Truckers have told me that they don't need the Hours of Service ETA Calculator because they can do this in their head in 30 minutes. What do you think?


Don't stress yourself out! Get Access to the Truckers Trip Planning App and Use the Hours of Service ETA Calculator to determine whether you have the required hours of service and whether you can successfully deliver your load on time before accepting the load.