A Day in the Life of a Truck Driver
Being a truck driver is less a job and more a lifestyle. Most drivers are on the road 300 or more days each year. The position can limit time with family and friends, especially during the early stages of a truck drivers’ career when being home once a week is considered a luxury. More realistically, home visits are every couple of weeks, or even once a month, for some rookies.
Sticking to a Schedule
There is no particular time schedule for truck drivers. It’s not like an office worker or teacher; the road is your office. Many drivers drive during the night or before dawn to avoid traffic and to fulfill company requirements.
A Trucker’s Paycheck
Pay is calculated differently for truckers depending on their employer and what is being hauled. Some are paid by the hour and others are paid by the mile driven. Many firms pay by the practical mile, which means the actual miles driven during a job. Some calculate paid miles, which are typically shorter with less pay. The pay is determined according to the distance between the starting point and the endpoint, instead of by actual route. Pay increases with added risks such as hauling specialty vehicles, oversized trucks or vehicles that must travel enclosed.
Racking Up Mileage
Most truck drivers end up driving around 500 miles per day and their travel expectations are 125,000 miles per year. It is not all gloomy on the road though. A driver has a lot of perks like viewing our nation’s landscape, unlike many Americans. Truck drivers also formulate unique friendship among other truck drivers, who are sometimes more like family than their own. The camaraderie provides support throughout long road trips day in and day out.
Loading and Unloading
Carefully loading and unloading vehicles from your truck can take a big chunk of time out of your day and money out of your pocket. Transporting vehicles can be more time consuming than transporting other types of freight where a driver can just drop off one trailer and hook up to the next one quickly. It’s also important to know that truck drivers have strict limits on the number of hours they are allowed to drive each day. Balch Logistics understands and values the hard work and sacrifices truck drivers make to streamline the process of transporting vehicles. We talk to our drivers regularly to ensure their safety and provide instant assistance if a problem should arise.
Truck drivers play a huge role in our economy. Without their hard work and dedication, the economy would quickly stumble. Truckers transport supplies from point A to point B and keep everything running smoothly. September is appreciation month for our truck drivers, but our gratitude shouldn’t stop there. That’s why Balch Logistics extends our appreciation and recognition to all the truck drivers on our roads every day. Next time you pass a trucker on the road, honk and give a big smile to show your admiration.
At Balch Logistics, our dedication to our truck drivers extends the extraordinary services to our customers. Once you call us, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and wait for the safe arrival of your vehicle or automobiles. Our expert staff will be happy to arrange the safe and reliable transport of your vehicle whether it is a local move or coast to coast, through all 50 states or even Canada!
We rank among the top rated auto transport companies for a reason. Maybe you’re a dealership with fleet needs, need a classic car handled with special care, buying a vehicle online, or relocating, we have done it all. Contact us today at 281-859-4400 we would love to help!