Are you looking to become a truck driver? If you’re wondering what your typical daily responsibilities require, this blog will clear that up. Truck driving makes for a lucrative career that offers unique benefits and challenges. A day in the life of a truck driver is different from your typical 9-5, and we say that with pride!
Truck drivers have the freedom to be their own boss while following logistical direction. You’re in charge of when you start your day, daily tasks, breaks, entertainment, etc. This blog is meant to provide a high-level view of what an average driver’s day entails.
A typical day for a truck driver starts based on your availability. In Canada, you have a daily maximum limit of 14 hours of on-duty time. Your service hours depend on your comfort and ability (everyone’s different). Your first task would be to check your route, check the weather and road conditions, and contact your dispatch to discuss details that include: customs and load information (if the load is drop & hook, live load, or live unload)*, estimated time of arrival, and any other important details.
Once you’ve made it to your truck, a thorough pre-trip truck inspection is required. This would be called a “circle check”. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your truck is in safe condition and that your load is secure.
The general part of your afternoon is spent driving. Taking bathroom breaks and checking on your truck and load to ensure it’s safe. Drivers typically eat their lunch/dinner in the afternoon by either stopping at truck stops, restaurants, or bringing a healthy snack. Stocking up food items in your truck is essential to keeping you moving and avoiding the limitations of finding food on the road. Being proactive is the key to healthy living in the trucking industry.
As night begins to fall, your 14 hours of on-duty time comes to an end. In the last 1-2 hours, you plan for a place to safely pull over and shut down for the night. Truck stops are generally the go-to spot for spending your night, but any parking lot that allows trucks will do as well. Once you’re pulled over, it’s suggested that you plan the following day’s route and beware of the weather/road conditions. Before you head to sleep, take some time to reflect on your day, prepare a meal, read a book or use the time to relax.
If you currently don’t have a CDL (Commercial Drivers License), we encourage you to click here to find out more information on becoming a truck driver. Once you’ve attained your CDL, Hyndman Transport would love to help you get started.
* For Clarification:
Drop & Hook: Drop off a loaded trailer and pick up a different trailer (eliminates wait time)
Live Load: Delayed pick up. Waiting for a trailer to be loaded.
Live Unload: Unloading the trailer (or part of the trailer) before moving on.
Live loads usually cause delays in your daily mileage. It’s very important to know the type of load that you’re hauling when you’re planning your daily route.