Being an over-the-road (OTR) truck driver is more a lifestyle than a job. It often demands a week at a time or more away from home, traveling the countryside and making deliveries. But just what is an average week like for a Millis Transfer truck driver? Let’s take a look.
- Driving schedule: Days typically begin early, but this depends on the truck driver. Some prefer to travel when the sun is out, while others enjoy the emptier roads at night. Truck drivers make their own hours, as long as they abide by Hours of Services (HOS) rules – such as driving no more than 70 hours in an eight-day period and taking a 34-hour restart every week – they can drive whenever they want.
- Driving distance: A typical week may include driving 2,600 to 3,200 miles. For example, a Wisconsin-based driver travels to Georgia to make a delivery. The driver swings up to North Carolina, then on to Pennsylvania. At the end of the week, the driver makes his or her way back to Wisconsin to finish the loop and enjoy some well-deserved home time.
- Guaranteed home time: Millis Transfer takes quality home time very seriously. All drivers are guaranteed 36 hours of uninterrupted home time for every week spent on the road. Sometimes this equates to 72 hours of home time after two weeks on the road or 108 hours home after three weeks out. Millis Transfer also offers the unique opportunity for drivers to enjoy one week of paid home time after only six months of employment and another two weeks after one year of driving for Millis.
- Pay: Millis Transfer drivers are paid by the mile. The more experience they have, the more they earn. Depending on how many miles they drive, the type of freight they haul, and their experience level, truck drivers typically make between $800 and $1,300 per week.
- Lifestyle: Truck drivers enjoy flexibility, independence and quality alone time. They follow a different routine from the general population and often experience 20-hour stretches of solitude each day. Furthermore, anytime they’re not behind the wheel, truck drivers are often inclined to call home or enjoy face-to-face chats with family and friends thanks to mobile technology.
Millis Transfer wants you to have a long, successful and healthy career as a truck driver. Now that you know what to expect, you can start your education at the Millis Training Institute, where military veterans and others looking for a fresh start can begin an exceptional career in the trucking industry. To learn more about attending truck driver school at the Millis Training Institute, visit the Millis Transfer website or call 800-937-0880.
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