What Does a Truck Driver Do?
If the open road inspires you and you don’t mind being alone, here’s a job to consider. Truck drivers, or tractor trailer drivers, transport cargo from one place to another, often over long distances. Depending on the job, the drivers might also unload cargo when they arrive. Truck drivers are usually in constant demand because they help keep supply chains moving.
Truckers should expect to work odd hours – including nights and weekends. A truck driver’s hours are regulated by federal rules, but those hours can still be demanding, and truck drivers are often away from home for long periods of time.
- Drive long routes, often over state lines
- Secure cargo and maintain its safety during transport
- Take special precautions if transporting hazardous material
- Report any mechanical issues with the vehicle
- Follow all safety regulations and traffic laws
- Log all working hours
Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. Most drivers also take four to eight weeks of courses at a professional truck driving school or a community college. New drivers should expect to get between one and three months of on-the-job training.
A commercial driver’s license is required. Drivers who haul certain freight such as hazardous materials require a special license. Federal rules require drivers to maintain a clean driving record and pass a physical exam every two years.
- Enjoy driving
- Don’t mind being away from home
- Can sit for long periods of time
- Like being alone
- Have good hand-eye coordination and quick reaction times