A truck driver (van) is responsible for driving a van or other vehicle usually weighing less than 26,000 pounds. They use these vehicles to deliver and/or pick up merchandise or packages, as well as take orders, intercept packages and deliver orders to the appropriate person. The work includes a physical component, since heavy lifting is sometimes required and the ability to stay alert while driving is needed.
Other responsibilities of a truck driver (van) may include taking orders over the phone, checking to make sure packages are not damaged, loading products into the vehicle, and maintaining the vehicle. They also perform safety checks before driving their vehicle, take payments as necessary, maintain logs of packages that have been delivered, and ensure inventory loads match shipping papers. Companies that typically employ van truck drivers include escort-vehicle providers, grocery stores, liquid fertilizer companies, delivery companies, telephone companies, and others.
Requirements for this job usually include a high school diploma or equivalent, although additional education may be required by certain employers. Previous experience in a related role is generally required or preferred as well. Truck drivers (van) must have the ability to read maps and/or use a GPS system, obey traffic laws, follow an established traffic route, and follow verbal or written directions.
Truck Driver Van Tasks
Document and track goods, mileage, times and delivery information.
Troubleshoot and repair equipment and truck, ensuring safe operation.
Load and unload goods and transport them to locations according to route plans.