Delivery Truck Drivers

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Delivery Truck Drivers

Delivery Truck Drivers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, light truck drivers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work with freight handlers and dispatchers, as well as customers on sales routes.
  • Communicate with others by telephone and in-person on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos, but much less frequently.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of other people using the roads.
  • Often work as part of a group or team.
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  • Are occasionally placed in conflict situations where people might be rude or angry.
  • Are responsible for the work done by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Drive an enclosed truck on a daily basis.
  • Work outdoors while loading and unloading goods. Work indoors while driving or filling out paperwork. Indoor temperatures may not be controlled.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants, such as diesel fuel or exhaust.
  • Wear protective or safety attire on a weekly basis.
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  • Sometimes are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outside.
  • May have to get into cramped positions to reach work spaces, such as the back of a truck.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that might produce minor cuts or scrapes.
  • Are occasionally exposed to bright or dim lighting conditions.
  • Are occasionally exposed to whole body vibration when driving a truck.
  • Sometimes deal with sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Work close to others, especially when unloading trucks.

Work Performance

  • Work in a competitive atmosphere where daily deadlines must be met.
  • 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.
  • Must work at the pace set by their vehicle and traffic.
  • Make decisions that affect customers on a monthly basis. They often consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
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  • Usually set their daily tasks and goals in conjunction with a supervisor.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental tasks.


  • Usually work at least 40 hours per week.
  • May work more than eight hours a day to meet deadlines.
  • May work days, evenings, or weekends.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.