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Become A Flatbed Driver

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Working As A Flatbed 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 Flatbed Driver Do At Centerline

* Drivers will be delivering building supply materials to include bundles of shingles, tar paper, flashing material, and other metal structures to local retail and jobsite locations.
* Full time permanent position
* Late model Kenworth with 48" flat bed trailers
* Monday
* Friday schedule
* Strapping/load securement required
* Tarping is required in bad weather (Paid to tarp - $30)
* We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law

What Does A Flatbed Driver Do At Buchheit Logistics

* Drives commercial vehicle in excess of 26,000 pounds with air-brakes over long distances to deliver cargo or product(s) on time, sometimes over intercity routes or spanning several states, while applying knowledge and skills in maneuvering vehicle in difficult situations or conditions
* Complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations (including size, weight, route designations, parking, break periods etc.) as well as with company policies and procedures
* Maintains current Record of Duty Status and submits supporting documents as required by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations
* Monitors road/weather conditions and watches for traffic congestion; collects and verifies delivery instructions and plans routes using maps or satellite tracking to meet delivery schedules
* Inspects vehicle and trailer(s) before and after every trip for mechanical defects and safety issues and submits reports for any defects they find
* Performs light vehicle maintenance, and reports serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
* Fuels and cleans truck, washes windows and services truck with oil, and radiator fluid
* Assists in loading and unloading truck
* May be required to tarp and fasten chains or binders to secure load on flatbed
* Performs trailer coupling and uncoupling procedures as required
* May be required to transport hazardous materials
* Reads bill of lading and emergency response information or other associated documentation
* Inputs information into mobile messaging system for each stage of loading and unloading process
* Reports all accidents and any violations from roadside inspections, tickets or warnings
* May perform other duties as required

What Does A Flatbed Driver Do At Benjamin Steel Inc.

* 1. Complete pre-trip inspections prior to driving each day.
* Check orders on truck and plan the shortest and fastest route based on how the truck is loaded.
* Check the weight distribution on each side for legal loads.
* Make sure the load is chained and secured, tarped and properly flagged.
* Be aware of road, traffic, and weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.
* Assist in pulling orders, loading and unloading truck.
* Advise Supervisor when delayed at a customer or not able to make planned stops, as well as receiving problems or customer comments.
* Collect all C
* O.D.s and return all checks and cash to the office immediately upon your return.
* Perform Warehouse functions when needed and when driving work is not available.
* Keep the truck clean and in proper working condition at all times and report any service concerns immediately.
* Complete post-trip inspection at the close of each day.
* Always be helpful and courteous to all customers and employees.
* Perform other duties as related or assigned for the benefit of the Company

What Does A Flatbed Driver Do At P & S Transportation Inc.

* Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
* Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
* Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
* Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
* Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
* Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes in compliance with state regulations.
* Perform basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fuel, or radiator fluid or performing minor repairs.
* Operate equipment, such as truck cab computers, CB radios, phones, or global positioning systems (GPS) equipment to exchange necessary information with bases, supervisors, or other drivers.
* Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
* Read and interpret maps to determine vehicle routes.
* Check all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.
* Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
* Couple or uncouple trailers by changing trailer jack positions, connecting or disconnecting air or electrical lines, or manipulating fifth-wheel locks.
* Obtain receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required.
* Crank trailer landing gear up or down to safely secure vehicles.
* Check conditions of trailers after contents have been unloaded to ensure that there has been no damage.
* Read bills of lading to determine assignment details.
* Remove debris from loaded trailers.
* Plan or adjust routes based on changing conditions, using computer equipment, global positioning systems (GPS) equipment, or other navigation devices to minimize fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
* Load or unload trucks or help others with loading or unloading, using special loading-related equipment or other equipment as necessary.
* Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
* Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
* Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions.
* Perform emergency roadside repairs, such as changing tires or installing light bulbs, tire chains, or spark plugs.
* Wrap and secure goods using pads, packing paper, containers, or straps.
* Give directions to laborers who are packing goods and moving them onto trailers.
* Operate idle reduction systems or auxiliary power systems to generate power from alternative sources, such as fuel cells, to reduce idling time, to heat or cool truck cabins, or to provide power for other equipment.
* Install or remove special equipment, such as tire chains, grader blades, plow blades, or sanders.
* Follow special cargo-related procedures, such as checking refrigeration systems for frozen foods or providing food or water for livestock.
* Operate trucks equipped with snowplows or sander attachments to maintain roads in winter weather

What Does A Flatbed Driver Do At United Pipe and Steel Corp

* Ensure safe delivery and pick up of product and equipment Abide by all Federal and local laws Responsible for taking care of & maintaining all assigned equipment and product Maintain DOT compliance with log book, vehicle, and vehicle operation Must keep in communication with Managers during the day High level of customer service and relations Maintain load security Make deliveries on schedule Maintain constant fitness for duty May be required to load trailer if warehouse assistance is not available Perform all other duties as assigned This is a physical position, involving heavy lifting (
* lbs) and re-tarping the truck multiple times per day Job

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How To Become A Flatbed 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).

Education

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.

Training

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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Top Skills for A Flatbed Driver

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Top Flatbed Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. Vehicle Service
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.
  • Transport freight in accordance with federal motor carrier safety regulations, accountability of products incoming/outgoing accompany with bills for customer/third party
  • Read and comprehend material safety data sheets, exceptional OTR driving experience.
  • Load and unload and tarp loads on a 48 foot split axle flatbed.
  • Conducted daily DOT pre-trip inspections according to a set checklist.Retained valid proof of insurance and registration in vehicle at all times.

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