According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truckers need adequate sleep when off duty. Over 30 percent of driver accidents are a result of fatigue due to sleep deprivation.
The FMCSA states that drivers should not be on the road for more than 11 hours if they have been off duty for 10 hours running. That, basically, means that truckers have additional time to rest or sleep. Truck drivers use these guidelines to rest at truck stops or motels.
Also importantly, drivers are urged not to drive for more than 14 hours whenever they resume driving after being off duty.
How much do regional truck drivers make?
A regional truck driver works within a specific region, or sometimes within a state. Regional truck drivers have more time to be at home and rest as compared to OTR drivers or other long haul truckers.
The average income a Regional Truck Driver takes home is as follows:
- Hourly average: $29
- Weekly average: $1,167
- Monthly average: $5,057
- Annual average: $60,680
Do truck drivers have to pay for gas?
A common practice is that truck drivers do not pay for gas or fuel they use when working. These and many other expenses are settled by the company, however, one instance that may see a truck driver pay for gas is when they engage in “out of route” driving.
When a driver pays for gas out of pocket, reimbursements and bonuses can reach $3,500 a year. It may also be that a driver is part of an arrangement called “profit-sharing”.
In such a case, the driver is likely to earn a commission when they spend on fuel. The payment can be as low as $500 or as high as $16,000.