Truck Driver – Job Description
Truck Drivers usually work for transportation companies specialized in carrying goods instead of people. They do as their title suggests, they operate heavy trucks in order to transport goods from one location to another. The type of goods transported can vary greatly from one customer to the other. Some of the most common goods they work with are food, materials (e.g. wood, coal, cement, or waste), and sometimes even livestock. Due to the risk it represents to drive a vehicle of such dimensions, Truck Drivers must also keep in touch with their supervisor at all times. There are two basic types of trucks, light and heavy load. Trucks carrying heavy loads require special qualities to ensure the safety of the cargo, the driver, and the other vehicles on the road.
- Operating light or heavy load transport trucks.
- Inventorying and securing loaded cargo.
- Adhering to the applicable traffic laws for the type of vehicle they operate.
- Loading and unloading cargo using special equipment.
- Obtaining signed receipts after delivery of goods.
- Inspecting vehicles to check for malfunctions.
- Performing minor repairs and maintenance tasks to the vehicle.
- Keeping records of activities and transported goods.