Truck drivers operate trucks (many times, 18-wheelers) to deliver goods. They may own their trucks or work for a trucking company. In addition to driving, a truck driver is expected to have some working knowledge of basic mechanical skills in case the truck breaks down on the road. Truck drivers often work long hours, logging their hours in a logbook. They are required to maintain documents indicating pickup and drop-off times, as well as stops made, gas purchases, and any other important details about the trip.
Truck drivers who operate 18-wheelers are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) confirming they know how to operate those vehicles. This license is essential since these large trucks are very different than even small delivery trucks, from brakes to transmission to handling.
Truck drivers must know how to load the truck's trailer so that driving goes smoothly; they also must know how to effectively turn on narrow streets and maneuver in traffic, park, deal with diesel engines, load and unload, and connect and disconnect the tractor from the trailer.
Truck Driver Heavy Tasks
- Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.
- Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.