This Driver job description gives the detailed explanation of the job profile of a driver. A driver provides transportation services or delivers products from one person or place to another. Drivers can be long-haul drivers of trucks, delivery drivers, chauffeurs or taxi drivers.

Roles and Responsibilities

Various tasks performed by a driver:

  • Operating delivery vans, tractor-trailers, taxis, buses or private vehicles.
  • Transporting the clients and delivering merchandise safely.
  • Performing pre-trip inspection of vehicle to check its oil, gas, instruments, emergency and safety gears.
  • Following road safety and traffic rules.
  • Caring for and maintaining the vehicle.
  • Taking the vehicle to the garage for repairing and maintenance.
  • Assisting clients in entering and exiting from the vehicle.
  • Receiving directions and route assignments given by the dispatcher.
  • Some drivers need to maintain records like mileage, purpose of trip, number of stops, number of daily passengers, etc

Qualification and Skills Required

Education/Training:

  • Drivers need to have basic reading, writing and mathematical skills.
  • They should be above 18 years in age (21 years for interstate driving) and have a valid driving license.
  • The driving license differs for different sorts of drivers.
  • Chauffeurs or taxi drivers need to have a ‘hack license’ which varies from state to state.
  • Tractor or trailer drivers or drivers of vehicles carrying hazardous materials should possess a commercial driver’s license.

Skills:

  • Drivers should be mentally and physically fit to avoid incidences of accidents.
  • They should be able to handle fatigue.
  • Their working hours are generally long and very unpredictable.
  • They should have the ability to carry out basic vehicle repairs.
  • Drivers sometimes have to face highway robberies, so they should be strong-hearted.

Professional Growth

  • Job prospects for skilled and high-quality drivers are good.
  • Those with experience on-the-road are much in demand.
  • Drivers can work as a tractor-trailer drivers, a truck drivers (short haul or long haul), car/van driver, delivery driver, company driver or personal chauffeur.

Published by Sarah Samson

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