Typical work day for regional van driver 12-14 hours, at least 90% no-touch freight, occasional hazmat. Learned to use Electronic On Board Recorder and GPS. Management varied from mediocre to excellent, depending upon how engaged and concerned the dispatchers were. Some tried to accommodate drivers' needs for time-at-home, others not so much; likewise some would flag tractors for company drivers to ensure they were available when drivers reported for duty, others not at all. Workplace culture was, for the most part, relaxed. Hardest part of the job was when dispatchers would assign all-nighters, then all-dayers at random, without allowing time for the drivers' biorhythms to adjust, especially difficult in desert environment where daytime temperatures soared to 110-115 degrees and tractors were not equipped with auxiliary power units to run air conditioning during shutdowns. The most enjoyable part of the job was time spent on the open road, traversing the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Rockies, the deserts of the Southwest, the Appalachians, and the occasional haul to Canada. Every state has its own, intrinsic beauty.
Steady work, regardless of economic upturns and downturns.
Time at home requests for medical appointments not honored.