Route drivers complete tasks along a specific route designated by their organization. Examples of routes performed in this position include waste collection, shuttle drivers, sales, and customer service. The duties of a route driver may vary from company to company, and these professionals may use a company or personal vehicle depending on their organization.
Much of the route driver's working hours are spent on the road. In addition to driving responsibilities, most route drivers must also be able to load and unload their vehicles. This may require the ability to do some heavy lifting and move equipment up and down stairs. A route driver must be punctual, dependable, and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Because route drivers come in contact with a variety of customers and clients, it is important they have good communications skills, be well spoken, and be appropriately dressed. Some basic computer and math skills may also be required. Although there is normally not a formal education requirement, a route driver often is required to complete a certification test for the hiring company. A prospective employee may be required to already have or be able to obtain various driving certifications. It is important that a route driver has a good driving record and are able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening.
Route Driver Tasks
- Keep accurate, up-to-date records on trip sheets.
- Maintain professional relationships with existing and potential customers.
- Responsible for assigned pick-up and delivery routes.
- Comply with all applicable safety procedures related to driving and vehicle maintenance.