A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver Pt 3 of 5

A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver Pt 3 of 5

7/17/2014 Umut Türker 2061 Times Read

Truck drivers' schedules and their routes are their own. Most of them drive during the day, but others drive during the night. No matter when or where (in the U.S.--other countries may have different regulations), drivers can drive no more than eleven hours during a 24-hour period.


Technology, whether it be on airplanes, ships or trucks, has made things simpler and easier. Following a GPS navigation system is beginning to make map-reading obsolete. However, everyone still ought to understand the basics. Computers, the Internet and word processors have done away with the need for cursive writing, but you still need to know how to write.


Ergonomics have also improved things. The idea of driving for many hours for many days can be daunting, but the inside of a truck cab is more comfortable and convenient now.


Although a truck driver's salary is not bad--especially given that it is a relatively easy field of work to enter--it certainly does not provide as much compensation as that of a movie star like George Clooney. Different websites seem to provide different ranges of salaries. However, it seems that many truck drivers can earn about USD50,000 per year. Many other truck drivers, though, earn far less.  A tow-truck driver earns about USD23,000 per year, barely enough for the food he needs to eat. Moreover, long-haul drivers get paid per mile, often about USD0.40 per mile. If the driver is not driving, if the driver does not have an assignment. then he is not getting paid.


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Like ships' captains, being away from home for a long period of time can interfere with relationships. One truck driver said that he was lucky that his girlfriend had children from a previous marriage. Without them to distract her, he was afraid that she would bemoan being away from him.