What is a Truck Driver Lifestyle Like?

The career of a truck driver is unlike any job out there. When you first get started in truck driving, every day is different, every route is new and every load brings its own set of challenges.

Your Routes

When a driver is fresh out of truck driving school, they're typically hired as entry level Over the Road (OTR) drivers. These OTR or irregular routes can keep a driver on the road and away from home for 2-3 weeks at a time. The routes change too. There's no routine in the life of an OTR driver.

You may not know what's going to happen next Monday or even tomorrow and every week is different from the one before it. Some new truck drivers thrive on this kind of variety. Others can't wait to slip into a dedicated, regular route.

Your Hours

As for the day-to-day, most new drivers are on the road anywhere from 10-14 hours in a 24-hour period. This is by no means set in stone. Because a driver is regulated by how many hours he can drive in a 7-day week, the number of hours per day is going to change based on the circumstances and the hours logged that week.

Your "Home" Away From Home

And when truck drivers out on the road aren't driving, most of their down time is spent in the truck. It becomes their home. Sure, they'll stop at truck stops or restaurants for a shower, an Internet hookup or a meal, but for those few weeks, home is the truck.

The life of the OTR driver isn't for everyone, it can be lonely, but it can also be an incredibly rewarding experience for those who want to experience the country along with a job that allows for a substantial amount of independence.