What Is an Average Day for a Truck Driver?

Fuel truck driving on an open road

Depending on the type of truck you drive, what you are transporting, and where you are living, workdays for truck drivers can be very different. There’s no such thing as a typical day in the transportation industry. However, many truck drivers and other CDL holders do have similarities in their day-to-day operations. In today’s blog, the pros at Veterans Fuel Transport discuss some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into an average day on the road.

Truck Driver’s Hours

The typical 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM work schedule for truck drivers is rare. When you have been on the road for a couple of days and you just need to get from point A to point B, your driving hours can be untraditional. Truck and CDL drivers seem to prefer late or early hours for less traffic and fewer hassles on the open road. The U.S. Department of Transportation provides regulations that limit the number of hours drivers can operate in a single day, so make sure to follow these regulations to keep you, other drivers, and your cargo safe.

Beginning of the Day

Before departing, there are several behind-the-scenes tasks that need to take place. A pre-trip inspection of the truck is necessary to make sure everything is working properly. This simple walk around inspection can save a lot of time and frustration in the future. Also, make sure all the goods you are transporting are safely secured for the entirety of the trip.

Unloading and Loading

After reaching your destination, you will need to coordinate the unloading process with the receiver of the goods. If this is a regular customer of yours, you will be able to build a relationship with them, making future meetings easier. There also may be a loading process of new goods to return to your original company. This step during the day requires the organization of paperwork to ensure the transaction is done correctly.

End of the Day

Whether you are in the middle of the journey anticipating another day of driving or you are back at the transportation hub, there are precautions you need to take before you can call it a day. Much like the beginning of the day, perform a post-trip inspection of the truck. This inspection is used to make sure the vehicle is still in good shape after a day of driving. At this time, you will also want to finish up any outstanding paperwork. After all is said-and-done, make sure to get a good night’s rest in order to operate the truck safely for your next haul.

Learn More About Veterans Fuel Transport’s Opportunities Today

Veterans Fuel Transport offers incredible driving jobs for veterans and non-veterans in order to have a fulfilling work experience. If you think the ever-changing lifestyle of a truck driver is right for you, contact Veterans Fuel Transport to learn more and apply. We hold the values of our company very closely, and we want our company to feel like a new family. Visit our website today, call us at (904) 616-8995, or email our team directly at joey@vetsfuel.com for more information.

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