Many artists struggle with the concept of balancing their career and personal life when touring. The idea of going on tour with a band can seem overwhelming to newer musicians, but it doesn’t have to be. It all starts with making a few simple rules that will set you up for success on the road.
One of the questions that many people have is “where do tour bus drivers sleep?”. The driver’s job is to keep the bus running smoothly, so they don’t have much time to sleep on their own. They often have a separate area on the back lounge of the bus that is converted into a bedroom for them to rest in. Many tour buses also have a private shower and bathroom on-board that the driver can use at their convenience.
The driver’s shifts are closely regulated. They can only legally drive for ten hours, then must stop and get eight hours of sleep before they can drive again. For this reason, the driver will often have a co-driver with them to ensure they are able to meet the required legal driving limits.
As a touring musician, it’s important to respect your driver’s space and privacy on the bus. It’s not their job to clean up your 4am Cheetos fight, and it’s just polite to remember that. Don’t let your tour schedule eat into the driver’s sleeping schedule, and try to check in with them throughout the day so they know what you need from them.