Truck drivers provide an essential service to industrialized societies by transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are also responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation.
There are two major types of truck driver employment . Owner-operators are individuals that own the trucks they drive and can either lease their trucks by contract with a trucking company to haul freight for that company using their own trucks, or they haul loads for a number of companies and are self employed independent contractors.
Company drivers are employees of a particular trucking company and drive trucks that are provided by their employer. to the high demands of the job drivers are known to work for months at a time, without taking any days off to go home. Few if any opt to be compensated per mile.
Some even prefer to forgo a traditional house, and take up permanent residence within the truck, usually with a large and well-equipped sleeper berth, equivalent to a small RV. Truck drivers are paid according to many different methods. A driver who owns and operates a dump truck locally and works casually may be paid per hour hauled.