Here is a brief job description for truck drivers. This job is not just about getting behind the wheel, but also involves performing a full range of vehicle and cargo inspections, including helping to unload the vehicle.
Truck driver professional qualifications
To work as a truck driver, you need the appropriate license depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive. For example, in Europe: C, C1, CE and C1E CQC. In the United States, you need a commercial driver’s license (CDL): class A, B, C.
Truck driver requirements and skills
- Proven work experience as a truck driver.
- Hands on experience with electronic equipment (GPS, CB, etc.)
- Willingness to work long hours and travel regularly
- Thorough knowledge of rules and regulations applicable to truck driving
- Adaptability and foresight to handle unexpected situations (traffic, weather conditions, etc.)
- Willingness to submit to scheduled inspections (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
- Valid truck driving license
Transportation of products and raw materials from production sites to retail and wholesale centers
Inspecting vehicles for mechanical and safety defects and performing preventive maintenance to ensure safety before putting them on the road.
Scheduling routes and delivery times, recording work/rest times and miles driven.
Assist or supervise loading of trucks and report deficiencies, accidents or violations.
Regularly inspecting truck accommodations during transport to ensure safety and reduce the risk of unexpected events.
Drive safely and responsibly at all times, including but not limited to obeying speed limits.
Adhere to traffic laws and report any unusual occurrences on the route to the employer.
Make on-time deliveries according to the schedule established by the Transportation Manager.
Ensure all required delivery and transportation documents are specifically signed and dated.
Truck driver wages
In Europe, an inexperienced truck driver can earn about €1,500 to €2,000 net per month. In contrast, an experienced truck driver earns an average of €2,500 to €3,000. Among the lowest wages are those of short-haul truck drivers, while international truck drivers or those who travel abroad earn the most.
In the United States, a truck driver earns an average of $5,000 per month.