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Working As A Route Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $19,518

    Average Salary

What Does A Route 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 Route 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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Route Driver Career Paths

Route Driver
Operations Manager Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Representative Account Executive Territory Sales Manager
Commercial Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Dump Truck Driver Equipment Operator Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Operations Manager Branch Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager Account Manager
Key Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Account Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Merchandiser Route Sales Representative
Route Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Route Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Forklift Operator Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Driver Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Route Sales Person 4.5 years
Driver Sales 3.7 years
Route Sales Driver 3.6 years
Class B Driver 3.6 years
Route Driver 3.0 years
Mixer Driver 3.0 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Loader/Driver 2.8 years
Contract Driver 2.6 years
Driver 2.6 years
Local Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Driver 2.0 years
Deliver Driver 1.9 years
Driver Assistant 1.5 years
Seasonal Driver 0.9 years
Top Careers Before Route Driver
Driver 15.2%
Cashier 4.0%
Manager 3.7%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Route Driver
Driver 21.1%
Technician 2.7%
Owner 2.7%
Supervisor 2.4%
Manager 2.3%
Bus Driver 2.3%

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Route Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

88.7%

Female

10.2%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

Carrier

6.4%

Dakota

4.7%

Portuguese

3.5%

German

3.5%

French

1.7%

Swedish

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Greek

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Ilocano

0.6%

Cherokee

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Italian

0.6%
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Route Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

Ashford University

6.2%

Kirkwood Community College

6.0%

Liberty University

5.7%

Houston Community College

5.5%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Saint Cloud State University

4.1%

Johnson County Community College

3.8%

Fresno City College

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.3%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

Vincennes University

3.3%

The Academy

3.3%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.3%

Delgado Community College

3.1%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

28.4%

General Studies

9.7%

Criminal Justice

9.7%

Automotive Technology

4.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.8%

Education

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Accounting

3.6%

Management

3.3%

Communication

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Information Technology

2.3%

Marketing

2.1%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

49.3%

Bachelors

19.2%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

8.1%

Diploma

2.7%

Masters

2.2%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Route Driver

  1. Delivery Instructions
  2. Customer Service
  3. Company Vehicle
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.
  • Route Driver/Merchandiser/Customer Service filled and maintained kiosks on a weekly static route Regularly had interactions with customers Changed art work following plan-o-grams
  • Maintain a safe driving record and appropriate driver's license classification while operating company vehicles/equipment.
  • Comply with company safety standards, Department of Transportation regulations, Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, and warehouse delivery policies/procedures.
  • Gathered inventory in a refrigerated warehouse and loaded product onto delivery trucks in specific offloading order of each particular route.

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