A Day in the Life of a Trucker

The daily life of a trucker is hard work, even if it might seem easy to “just” drive a vehicle around. Despite the simple objective of delivering something from point A to point B, there are many factors a good driver must account for in order to be successful and safe while transporting all kinds of goods. Let’s take a look at the life of a trucker.

The Daily Grind

truck driving across landscape

Truck drivers wake up early, usually around 5:00 or 6:00 AM each day. The goal of a trucker is to drive as far as possible, so making the most out of a day is crucial to making a delivery on time — and getting paid.

As they prepare to set out on their route, truckers will often take care of basic functions like eating breakfast, getting coffee, using the restroom, showering, etc. They will also need to do safety checks of their rig and cargo, as well as fill out travel logs. They might also contact family or check for messages from work.

If a trucker is just starting a route, they will likely have to wait for their trailer to be loaded to their rig. Once that’s complete, though, they’re ready to hit the road. A trucker is only permitted to be on duty for a maximum of 14 hours after getting in the truck (starting the day). 11 of those hours can be spent driving, but no more, which means that 3 of those hours must be used to take breaks. This is a measure used to ensure the health and safety of the drivers, as well as that of the other vehicles on the road.

While driving, a trucker generally has free reign over what they choose to do with their time. While they drive, they could listen to music, an audiobook, or talk to other truckers via radio. Many also carry snacks or a refrigerator with food to eat while on the road so they won’t have to stop unnecessarily. This also helps promote alert driving.

If possible, many like to see the local sights during breaks as they travel to their destination. Though time won’t always allow for it, being a trucker can be unexpectedly rewarding in ways you wouldn’t expect.

By the evening, many will look for a safe place to legally park their rig before going out to find a place to eat and shower. While many truckers sleep in their trucks, some may rent rooms at hotels or other establishments if they choose to.

Once they finally reach their destination, they will be in charge of unloading their trailer, then preparing for the next trip.


Additional Resources

18-Wheeler Accidents

Life As a Trucker

Perks of Being a Truck Driver