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Become An Over The Road Driver

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Working As An Over The Road 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 An Over The Road Driver Do At Clean Harbors

* Ensures Health and Safety is the number one goal by following policies, processes, and acting in a safe manner at all times.
* Adhere to weight limits and ensure proper utilization of Company equipment.
* Placard vehicles to meet Company and Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements/regulations.
* Comply with Company policies & procedures and Health & Safety procedures, Department of Transportation (DOT), Hazardous Materials/Waste (HAZMAT) and RCRA requirements/regulations.
* Communicate regularly with Coordinators regarding daily time and demurrage.
* Keep your training record up to date with all DOT/OSHA and Company required training

What Does An Over The Road Driver Do At A&F Southwest Logistics LLC

* Deliver product to and pick up product from specified locations Develop and maintain an efficient routing system Ensure proper pickup documentation and bill of ladings are made out prior to loading or delivery.
* Develop and maintain an organized and efficient loading and unloading system Unload merchandise according to customers' requests Verify all items listed on the proper pickup documentation and bill of ladings are loaded and delivered Communicate safe storage and handling procedures to customers Present a copy of each transaction to the supervisor after each pickup or delivery.
* Submit trip report to supervisor daily.
* Fill out trip report completely and accurately Inform your supervisor of discrepancies in your reports and invoices as soon as you are aware of them.
* Load and unload merchandise Assist customers with unloading and loading Observe OSHA, state, and federal safety regulations Follow all company and regulatory agency safety policies Maintain a valid commercial driver s license Operate delivery vehicle safely The truck driver will uphold organization s policies, perform other duties as assigned by management Responsible for routine fueling, lubricating, and servicing of their vehicle

What Does An Over The Road Driver Do At MGC Trucking LLC

* Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
* Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
* Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
* Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
* Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
* Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
* Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations.
* Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
* Obtain receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required.
* Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and

What Does An Over The Road Driver Do At Amerigas Propane Inc.

* Required to load and unload pallets of cylinders at the District and Production Facility with possible lay over to keep under DOT regulation hours.
* Tractor has Sleeper cab available.
* Ensures personal compliance with safety codes and policies including the servicing and repair of company vehicles.
* Participates in and completes all training as required.
* Practices and reinforces superior customer service skills by providing courteous and efficient service to all customers.
* Ensures that vehicle preventive maintenance schedules are being performed and adhered to.
* Performs vehicle and trailer inspections as required.
* Could be assigned other duties as needed in the plant production area or within other locations

What Does An Over The Road Driver Do At Shamrock Foods

* Responsible for transporting, and delivering all food related products from company distribution centers to company distribution centers which may include unloading own truck
* OTR Drivers are responsible for delivering product, obtaining signature of receipt, picking up returns and completing logs and other paperwork related to deliveries.
* Performs daily routine vehicle condition report on truck and/or trailer
* Must comply with company policies and D
* O.T. regulations
* Other duties may be assigned
* Qualifications

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How To Become An Over The Road 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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Over The Road Driver Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • German

  • French

  • Dakota

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Italian

  • Urdu

  • Portuguese

  • Turkish

  • Romanian

  • Dutch

  • Ukrainian

  • Bosnian

  • Kazakh

  • Uzbek

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Top Over The Road Driver Skills

  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. Vehicle Routes
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.
  • Support and follow all safety regulations, obtain a safety bonus every year.
  • Read and interpret maps to determine vehicle routes.
  • Refrigerated Freight, Dry Freight, & Building Supplies (flatbed) OTR Driver, Freight Coordinator
  • Conducted daily DOT pre-trip inspections according to a set checklist.

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