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Working As A Local Truck Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Stressful

  • $34,640

    Average Salary

What Does A Local Truck Driver Do

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area. They drive trucks with a 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity or less. Most of the time, they transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households.

Duties

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically do the following:

  • Load and unload their cargo
  • Communicate with costumers to determine pickup and delivery needs
  • Report any incidents they encounter on the road to a dispatcher
  • Follow all applicable traffic laws
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
  • Keep their truck and associated equipment clean and in good working order
  • Accept payments for the shipment
  • Handle paperwork, such as receipts or delivery confirmation notices

Most drivers generally receive instructions to go to a delivery location at a particular time, and it is up to them to determine the best route. Other drivers have a regular daily or weekly delivery schedule. All drivers must have a thorough understanding of an area’s street grid and know which roads allow trucks and which do not.

Light truck drivers, often called pickup and delivery or P&D drivers, are the most common type of delivery driver. They drive small trucks or vans from distribution centers to delivery locations. Drivers make deliveries based on a set schedule. Some drivers stop at the distribution center once only, in the morning, and make many stops throughout the day. Others make multiple trips between the distribution center and delivery locations. Some drivers make deliveries from a retail location to customers.

Driver/sales workers are delivery drivers who have additional sales responsibilities. They recommend new products to businesses and solicit new customers. These drivers may have a regular delivery route and be responsible for adding new clients located along their route. For example, they may make regular deliveries to a hardware store and encourage the store’s manager to offer a new type of product. Driver/sales workers also deliver goods, such as take-out food to consumers, and accept payment for those goods.

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How To Become A Local Truck Driver

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some opportunities exist for those without a high school diploma. Workers undergo 1 month or less of on-the-job training. They must have a driver’s license from the state in which they work and possess a clean driving record.

Education

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Companies train new delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers on the job. This may include driving training from a driver-mentor who rides along with a new employee to ensure that a new driver is able to operate a truck safely on crowded streets.

New drivers also have training to learn company policies about package dropoffs and returns, taking payment, and what to do with damaged goods.

Driver/sales workers must learn detailed information about the products they offer. Their company also may teach them proper sales techniques, such as how to approach potential new customers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All delivery drivers need a driver’s license.

Other Experience

Some delivery drivers begin as package loaders at warehouse facilities, especially if the driver works for a large company. For more information on package loaders, see the profile on hand laborers and material movers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. When completing deliveries, drivers often interact with customers and should make a good impression to ensure repeat business.

Hand-eye coordination. When driving, delivery drivers need to observe their surroundings while simultaneously operating a complex machine.

Math skills. Because delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers sometimes take payment, they must be able to count cash and make change quickly and accurately.

Patience. When driving through heavy traffic congestion, delivery drivers must remain calm and composed.

Sales skills. Driver/sales workers are expected to persuade customers to purchase new or different products from them.

Visual ability. To have a driver’s license, delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers must be able to pass a state vision test.

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Average Length of Employment
Semi Driver 3.9 years
p & D Driver 3.8 years
Heavy Truck Driver 3.7 years
Truck Driver 3.6 years
Line Driver 3.5 years
Class B Driver 3.5 years
Driver Trainer 3.5 years
Semi Truck Driver 3.4 years
Trailer Driver 3.3 years
Mixer Driver 3.0 years
Line Haul Driver 2.9 years
CDL Driver 2.8 years
Class A Driver 2.8 years
CDL Class A Driver 2.7 years
Log Truck Driver 2.7 years
Trash Truck Driver 2.6 years
Driver 2.6 years
Commercial Driver 2.6 years
Haul Truck Driver 2.5 years
Tank Driver 2.3 years
Tank Truck Driver 2.3 years
Local Driver 2.3 years
Fuel Truck Driver 2.3 years
Company Driver 2.2 years
Oil Truck Driver 2.1 years
Delivery Driver 2.1 years
Dump Truck Driver 2.0 years
Local Truck Driver 2.0 years
Flatbed Driver 1.5 years
Water Truck Driver 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Truck Driver 41.1%
Driver 9.6%
CDL Driver 1.9%
Top Employers After
Truck Driver 35.6%
Driver 11.8%
CDL Driver 1.3%

Local Truck Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

88.0%

Female

10.5%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

82.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

Mandarin

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Dakota

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%
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Local Truck Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.1%

All-State Career School

7.3%

Fox Valley Technical College

7.3%

The Academy

7.3%

Diesel Driving Academy

5.5%

Iowa Central Community College

5.5%

South University

5.5%

National Tractor Trailer School Inc

5.5%

Kirkwood Community College

5.5%

El Paso Community College

5.5%

Saint Louis Community College

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Charlotte North

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

Moraine Valley Community College

3.6%

Itawamba Community College

3.6%

College of DuPage

3.6%

Miami Dade College

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%

Greenville Technical College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

21.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

10.5%

General Studies

9.7%

Automotive Technology

8.5%

Criminal Justice

8.1%

Accounting

5.3%

Graphic Design

4.5%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Education

3.6%

Management

2.8%

Supply Chain Management

2.4%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Culinary Arts

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%

Medical Technician

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

53.4%

Associate

19.0%

Bachelors

10.8%

Certificate

10.5%

License

2.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Masters

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Local Truck Driver

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Top Local Truck Driver Skills

  1. Local Deliveries
  2. Safety Hazards
  3. Pre-Trip Inspections
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make local deliveries and pick ups this is a LTL service
  • Inspected truck equipment and supplies and reported problems and safety hazards to supervisors.
  • Conducted daily DOT pre-trip inspections.
  • Worked with new drivers and trained them how to complete all paperwork Skills Used customer service safe driving detail orientated
  • Operated a day cab as a local truck driver.

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