Driver helpers are tasked with helping to load and unload equipment onto vehicles. In some jobs, they may accompany the driver to various job sites to assist with lifting, pulling out from driveways and parking lots, and watching traffic at intersections. They may also assist with navigation and reaching destinations and should be able stand and walk for long periods of time, bend and stoop, and lift heavy items.
Driver helpers may need to pass a physical test prior to being hired, and inventory duties may be necessary to account for all items in a given shipment. Some work may be done independently, so it's important to be able to adhere to deadlines, and good punctuality and attendance are necessary due to the time-sensitive nature of this work.
Driver helpers often interact directly with customers, so communication and customer service skills are highly beneficial in this position, and a current driver's license may also be required. Some schedules may require driver helpers to work nights, weekends, or holidays and be exposed to uncomfortable weather conditions, such as rain and heat. There are both part-time and full-time jobs available, and a high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position.
Driver Helper Tasks
Assist driver in loading and unloading vehicle.
Report problems, route changes, or other issues over telephone or radio.
Assist with delivering or picking up items for transport.