Diesel Truck Drivers

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Diesel Truck Drivers

Diesel Truck Drivers - Overview

Heavy truck drivers drive large trucks or tractor-trailers to transport goods and materials.

Heavy truck drivers read instructions to determine how to load cargo. They load items into trucks. They may wrap large items before they are loaded, or cover the entire load if it is on a flatbed. They may secure some items with straps, ropes, or chains. Drivers inspect loaded trucks to make sure they can be driven safely.

Drivers use two-way radios to contact their supervisors and give updates on their position. They usually drive from city to city and often drive through several states. They must comply with any state regulations such as stopping at weigh stations.

Heavy truck drivers perform basic maintenance on their trucks. They keep the trucks filled with gasoline, oil, and other fluids. They may change tires or replace lightbulbs.

Drivers keep several types of records and fill out forms. Some forms are used to prove that goods were picked up and delivered. Other forms prove that trucks are being driven safely. Drivers keep records of what items they delivered, how much the items weighed, and when deliveries were made.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.