What Is It Like to be a Truck Driver?
Updated: Mar 16
Everyone sees trucks on the road, but most of the time people don't think about the person behind the wheel. Truck drivers fuel everyday commerce that keeps out nation moving forward. They are behind filling the grocery store shelves, fulfilling your online orders, and moving products from one location to another.
But, what is it like to be a truck driver?
Depending on how long you have been driving, whether you're a company driver or an owner-operator, and what lanes you run in, life will be slightly different. But for an over-the-road truck driver, you could be on the road for 2-3 weeks at a time starting out. Once you've been driving a while in the trucking industry, you are typically able to be home once a week if you can fit it in your driving schedule.
Of course, every truck drivers experience is different. But there are a lot of components about the life of a truck driver that are the same.
You decide when you work. If you want to make money in this industry, you have to be determined and understand that you'll need to work long hours. The good thing about truck driving is you get to choose what lanes you'll run in, where you go, how far you'll drive, or if you'll drive day or night. These factors might be different if you're working for a trucking company. Your sleep schedule will typically be inconsistent because of this, but you find out what works best for you.
It is important to stay healthy being a truck driver. Since driving a truck is inconsistent and you never experience the same thing every day, it's hard to know when and where you'll be able to stop for food. There are usually fast food options available at truck stops, but that isn't the best thing to eat all the time. So, making sure you have healthier options on the road with you is a part of your everyday life. Take healthy snacks and water to keep in the cab with you for easy access if you get hungry.
Driving a truck is demanding. You will encounter stressful situations. You will sometimes have to deal with traffic, not knowing where your next location is, and bad weather conditions. It is important to understand that this is part of the job as a truck driver and not to let these encounters affect you negatively. Once you get used to your routes and driving your truck, you will learn how to adapt to these stressful situations and figure out how best to over come them. This can differ for everyone.
The life of a truck driver is not easy, but many find it appealing. No given day will look the same, which is what attracts so many people to the life of a truck driver.
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