5 Most Dangerous Truck Driver Jobs


Truck driving in Iraq is hot work

Truck drivers don’t always have it easy. It’s not all idle chat on the CB and mountains of fried eggs at every truck stop. Often the job is hard work and both physically and mentally challenging. Long days, congested traffic, rude motorists and the constant stress of keeping you and your 30,000 lbs of metal and cargo out of harm’s way can make for a rough day at the office.

But like any job some truck driver jobs are tougher than the rest. Here are five that can make a truck driver sweat just reading about them.

1 – Ice Road Truckers

This is the driving job so life-threatening they made a TV series about it. And when you understand the risks involved it’s not hard to see why they get paid a whole lot more than regular drivers, sometimes twice as much fetching around $70,000 a year. Some of the hazards they face include freezing cabs, frequent breakdowns, low visibility and of course disappearing roads. Working in minus 50 degree temperatures and constantly worrying about the road opening up is enough to put off most drivers, but since it’s only for a few months there are still some willing to take the risk.


Rogue drivers who don’t like to follow the rules need not apply; convoy drivers who don’t respect the strict protocols on speed and following distances risk setting off under-ice waves that can fracture and destroy the entire road, sending everyone into the icy water below.

2 – Chemical Truckers

Chemical deliveries mean the driver needs to take extra care. Of course the chemicals could be anything from hairspray to paint to nuclear waste so the danger level really depends on exactly what the driver is moving. But these drivers know that in the event of an accident, even hairspray can be fatal, turning their truck into a blazing inferno in record quick time.

It’s no wonder that most employers will require drivers to have been through a safety training course such as WHMIS and have CDL training, to make sure they’re up to the task.

Chemical truckers also need to be familiar with routing restrictions that will limit what roads they can use to get to their destination.

3 – Truck Driving in Iraq

If the idea of driving a fully-laden oil tanker through the middle of a warzone, dodging bullets and driving around flaming wrecks, appeals to you then you might want to look into applying for a truck driver job in Iraq. Strangely enough there’s actually a high demand for these positions, with foreign drivers who see it as an opportunity to make some fast money.

Truck drivers in Iraq have been known to earn as much as $100,000 a year. But with the ever-present danger of being mortar-bombed, caught in a blinding sandstorm or enduring 100 degree temperatures, they earn it.

4 – Truck Driver on the Death Highway

Every year it is estimated that around 300 people die on the stretch of road from La Paz to Coroico in Bolivia. It is less than 50 miles long but is strewn with the wrecks of the vehicles that didn’t make it and stone cairns raised in honor of the dead.


Despite the dangers it is heavily used by both buses and heavy trucks, navigating their way along the torturous curves and deadly abysses, beating the oncoming traffic to the corners.

This would be a truck driving job only for those with a head for heights and nerves of steel. There’s no money in it but the adrenalin rush makes it a cheap thrill sport as your wheels come within 20 inches of sheer cliffs. But you better be quick, workers are getting closer to completing an alternative (and much safer) route.

5 – House Moving Trucks

Trucks are big enough to make the average driver nervous when it comes to maneuvering them from A to B, through tight streets, parked cars and congested traffic, always looking for obstacles that might get in their way.


But that’s not enough for some people. Some truck drivers are just gluttons for punishment, adding a full-sized house to their truck and navigate the resulting monstrosity to where it needs to go. The weight and size of the load seriously impacts on the truck’s handling and extra safety precautions need to be taken.

In some cases these dangerous missions will be undertaken at night to avoid the traffic and improve their chances of getting away with bumping parked cars on their way past.

Technology can help make it safer

Truck drivers doing dangerous jobs need all the help they can get to make their life easier, and reduce their anxiety levels (or at least help their families to stop worrying about them!). GPS technology has advanced a long way over the years and is now helping truck drivers route more safely to their destination, warning them about restricted roads and areas that prevent whatever HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) they are carrying.

Technology is also working closely with new government legislation such as the CSA 2010 to improve safety standards for both truckers and other road users.

What’s your scariest truck driving job?

  • thanks to technology for making our life much easier and faster.

    those were really dangerous and just reading it and looking at pictures are enough for me to feel nervous. those truck drivers who are able to perform such jobs ell are definitely outstanding and with great skills in my opinion.

    • check out Mercedes truck safety breaks on Google
      Now thats a smart truck sytsem.

  • I’ve seen the ice truckers show, that is crazy enough. Had no idea about Dealth Highway and the rest. Scary!

  • Truck driving job is surely a dangerous job to have but these five are intense and breath taking! The Death Hi way…so scary! One wrong move and its over…seeing this adds up my respect for truck drivers.

  • Anonymous

    Well considering out the Iraq the most visible and significant threat to workers in the region are the terrorist attacks that can come from anywhere and at any time of day or night. Although there are many more truck drivers working in the safest areas of the country, guarded by the military, the truth is that some regions are simply not safe for any person.

    fleet gps

    • I hear Kellogg Brown  and root are the guys who do the hiring .

      Oh its a bit of a myth about the money as it was in the war days u got all that cash.

      They were looking for drivers to collect radiotion infested trucks
      HA HA would you do that for cash

      ever heard of depleted uranium well there plenty of that about just makes your teeth tingle eh

  • Barbara Walters

    Where do I apply for these jobs?

    • JR

      Have you ever found out where to apply for these jobs? JR

    • are you for real

  • lynsey howell

    if anyone knows who i should contact for truck driving work in afghanistan or iraq please let me know thanks

    • I believe the Taliban will be hiring truckers soon but you might find a a safer job driving on the La Paz pass

    • phil

      A group called ISIS

  • JR

    Awesome, where can I get a job doing this

  • Wow la Paz Pass now thats gotta be the worst job in the world. even if your a good driver all you need is a nudge and its bye bye high road hello pearly white road.
    On a more worrying trend I think the main topic is 5 most dangerous types of driver.
    tired driver
    drunk driver
    drug driver
    driver having food or reading map
    Ill health driver.
    ross v eddie stobart ltd (type into goole.

    Happy trucking and take a rest and have a walk.
    You only live once so chill
    ease of rather than ease on.

    $100,000.00 dollers buys you NOWT in the pearly truck stop

  • Kbrjobs.com is where you can find the middle trucker jobs.

  • T Khayyi

    I was really thinking deeply  about getting into this job about after I read this article I guess I have to think million times before stepping in

    • Darth Vapor

      did you ever do it??

  • Trucker

    Oilfield drill pipe. Slippery pipe and sudden stops make pipe slide off. Not off the sides or back, but usually straight through the cab of the truck. And if that’s not bad enough there is the lease roads in the snow, ice, and mud.
    Alberta pipe haulers… Balls and chains…

  • phil

    $70,000 to drive on the ice? You can make $100,000 +
    hauling cars

    • Aaron

      The 70k my friend is for 3 months they did not write it correctly. The ice road season is 3 months. When the roads start getting shut down the people still driving late season can earn up to another 30k for 2 weeks. So 100k for 3 And a half months. You can’t do that hauling cars out of the gate, and you don’t have to worry about every little scratch on the ice roads, btw some loads there are trucks and cars.

  • Ken

    top heavy trailers are dangerous also