A Typical Day in the Life of a Truck Driver

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One of the fun aspects of the life of a truck driver is that some days are far from typical, but keeping a routine is important.

Most people know that the life of a truck driver, especially long-haul drivers, is anything but typical. Each day brings with it new experiences and challenges, which is part of what makes it such a great career for many people. However, developing a routine while you’re on the road is important for keeping yourself grounded and mentally healthy so that you can handle anything the day throws at you.


When the morning actually takes place depends on the driver, but everyone should keep a routine with adjustments that fit their lifestyle. A driver’s day can be unpredictable, so keeping a predictable schedule where you can to help you feel in control will be highly beneficial for any truck driver.

  • Wake up
  • Have breakfast
  • Shower
  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Hit the road

Breakfast can be eaten at a restaurant, but consider cooking some of your meals while you’re on the road for a healthier option. This can go a long way in helping you feel better physically and mentally, as well as save you some money on eating out.


This is going to be the most uncertain part of the day. You might just be driving throughout the day without delivery or pickup, you could be doing a drop-and-hook, or you could end up completing a live unload. Your dispatch will determine how your afternoon goes for the most part, but you’ll need to take a break around the middle of your shift.

The break is very important for every driver, so don’t skip it and make the most of it. Stop somewhere and make yourself lunch or order out. Do some exercises, go for a walk, or partake in a hobby before you head back out on the road. Just like your morning routine, your break serves to center you and lower your stress levels. Don’t take it for granted.


Once your shift is over, the evening begins, and it’s time to wind down and let yourself rest. There are a few things to do before you head off to bed.

  • Parking
  • Post-trip inspection
  • Paperwork
  • Dinner
  • Shower
  • Free time

If you don’t take showers in the morning, now is the time. For those who like to do exercise and other physical activities during the day, taking a shower in the evening is often the better option. The night is your time to really partake in a hobby and do a de-stress routine so you can sleep more easily and feel well-rested the next morning.


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