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Become A Driver

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Working As A Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $41,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Driver Do

A Driver drives a vehicle from one place to another in order to transport people or merchandise. Driver jobs include delivery drivers, bus drivers, heavy truck/tractor trailer drivers, and taxi drivers.

How To Become A Driver

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truckdriving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).


Most companies require their truck drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Many companies require drivers to attend professional truckdriving schools, where they take training courses to learn how to maneuver large vehicles on highways or through crowded streets. During these classes, drivers also learn the federal laws and regulations governing interstate truck driving. Students attend either a private truckdriving school or a program at a community college that lasts between 3 and 6 months.

Upon finishing their classes, drivers receive a certificate of completion.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a requirement that mandates all newly hired interstate truck drivers to take a truckdriving course.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) certifies a small percentage of driver-training courses at truckdriver training schools that meet both the industry standards and the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All long-haul truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge test and a driving test. States have the right to refuse to issue a CDL to anyone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements to their CDL that show their ability to drive a specialized type of vehicle. Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) must have a hazardous materials endorsement (H). Getting this endorsement requires passing an additional knowledge test and a background check.

Federal regulations require random testing of on-duty truck drivers for drug or alcohol abuse. In addition, truck drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.

Other actions can result in a suspension after multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a list of these violations. Additionally, some companies have stricter standards than what federal regulations require.


After completing truckdriving school and being hired by a company, drivers normally receive between 1 and 3 months of on-the-job training. During this time, they drive a truck with a more experienced mentor–driver in the passenger seat. This period of on-the-job training is given so that the new drivers will learn more about the specific type of truck they will drive and material they will transport.

Important Qualities

Hand-eye coordination. Drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers must be able to coordinate their legs, hands, and eyes simultaneously so that they will react appropriately to the situation around them and drive the vehicle safely.

Hearing ability. Truck drivers need good hearing. Federal regulations require that a driver be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at 5 feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid).

Physical health. Federal regulations do not allow people to become truck drivers if they have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, which may interfere with their ability to operate a truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a full list of medical conditions that disqualify someone from driving a long-haul truck.

Visual ability. Truck drivers must be able to pass vision tests. Federal regulations require a driver to have at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish the colors on a traffic light.

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Dakota

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Turkish

  • Urdu

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Swedish

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Real Driver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Drivers Valley Transportation Services of Massachusetts Nantucket, MA May 01, 2016 $52,885
Driver Ruiz Enterprises TX May 22, 2014 $50,547
Driver Britton Transport, Inc. Grand Forks, ND Jan 15, 2016 $43,744
Driver Jeffrey Crise Pinesburg, MD Nov 29, 2016 $37,316
Drivers Valley Transportation Services of Massachusetts MA May 15, 2014 $33,914
Drivers Valley Transportation Services of Massachusetts MA May 01, 2015 $32,578
Driver Rocky Mountain Cargo, LLC Salt Lake City, UT Jan 25, 2011 $31,305
Drivers Novaterra Inc. Platteville, CO Jan 30, 2008 $31,305
Driver Vivo, Inc. Nantucket, MA Mar 01, 2016 $30,992
Driver/Laborer Blue Mountain Landscape, Inc. CO Jul 10, 2014 $28,175
Driver/Laborer Blue Mountain Landscape, Inc. CO Apr 01, 2014 $27,778
Drivers Valley Transportation Services of Massachusetts, Inc. MA May 15, 2013 $26,630
Driver Independent Roofing Specialists, LLC Commerce City, CO Jun 06, 2008 $25,795
Driver S Transport Ooltewah, TN Jan 05, 2016 $25,044 -
Driver D. S. G. K. Drywall, LLC Clark, NJ Feb 20, 2008 $25,044
Driver Challenger Transportation, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Jul 02, 2008 $24,001
Drivers Easton Ice Company, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2014 $22,581
Sugarcane Driver Segura Farms LLC New Iberia, LA Aug 01, 2015 $21,246
Sugarcane Driver Gonsoulin Farms LLC New Iberia, LA Jul 30, 2015 $21,246
Sugarcane Driver Lejeune Brothers LLC Jeanerette, LA Aug 01, 2015 $21,246
Driver Union-Auto USA LLC Lithonia, GA Jan 05, 2016 $20,870
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD Jun 17, 2008 $19,889 -
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD Aug 17, 2010 $19,889
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD May 14, 2010 $19,889 -
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD May 24, 2010 $19,889 -
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD Apr 07, 2010 $19,889 -
Drivers Easton Ice Company, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2013 $19,889
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD May 18, 2010 $19,889 -
Driver Express One Logistics, LLC Bethesda, MD Jun 19, 2008 $19,889 -

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Top Skills for A Driver


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Top Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Vehicle Maintenance
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained telephone and radio contact with supervisor to receive delivery instructions.
  • Perform basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fuel, or radiator fluid or performing minor repairs.
  • Follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations.
  • Utilize customer service skills to smooth over any frustrations.
  • Maintained current Class A CDL with Hazardous Materials and Doubles and Triples endorsements.

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