The Life of a Truck Driver

It is safe to say that truck driving is not a simple occupation. From icy weather conditions to the erratic hours, truck driving is not for the faint of heart, and it is probably best that you discuss the possibility of becoming a truck driver with your loved ones. Being a more of a lifestyle than a job, here are some aspects of the truck driver’s way of life that you may want to consider.

Life of a Truck Driver

Being a truck driver is not a simple occupation.

Flexible Schedule

Typically, the start of a truck driver’s day can begin at anytime. Some drivers prefer to drive when the sun comes up and stop when it goes down. Other drivers prefer to drive through the night. Truck drivers do not having starting hours, which makes the flexibility in schedule particularly appealing.

Long Hours

Truck drivers are sometimes expected to work up to 70 hours over an eight-day period. However, after the driver has reached 70 hours, they are not permitted to drive again until they have taken 34 hours off duty. While the 70 hours could be reached if the drivers worked for 14-hours a day, truck drivers are not permitted to drive more than 11 hours in a day.


While some drivers are paid hourly, a truck driver’s compensation is mostly calculated by the miles they have driven. It is also important to note that delivery drivers do not get paid when they are not delivering. The salary of a truck driver can increase if they become a trainer, haul oversized freights or hazardous materials, or if the employer is paying the driver a percentage of their run. It is not uncommon for a truck driver to be unaware of their compensation until the end of the year.

Lots of Driving

The average truck driver is expected to cover approximately 125,000 miles per year. Breaking that down, it equates to 2,500 miles per week, which is 500 miles per day. Spending so much time on the road, while experiencing sights from around the country, can take a toll on loved ones. It is important to talk to your loved ones about this lifestyle and its possible ramifications.


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