Diesel Truck Drivers

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Diesel Truck Drivers

Diesel Truck Drivers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, heavy truck drivers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communicate with others by telephone on a daily basis. They also communicate by face-to-face discussions, but far less frequently.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Have a medium level of social contact. Even though they spend most of their time driving, they are in radio contact with others.
  • May have to deal with unpleasant or angry individuals from time to time.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work inside an enclosed vehicle while driving and outdoors while loading and unloading.
  • Regularly are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • May wear safety attire, especially when unloading cargo.
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  • Often work while listening to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels.
  • Sometimes are exposed to very bright or very dim light.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could cause accidents on the road that could injure themselves or others.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which daily and weekly deadlines must be met.
  • Sometimes make decisions that impact their employer's reputation. They often consult a supervisor before deciding on a course of action.
  • Set some, but not all, of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of equipment or machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.


  • Work at least 40 hours per week.
  • May work days, evenings, or weekends.
  • Usually return home in the evening, if a local truck driver.
  • May spend most of the year away from home, if a long-distance truck driver.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.