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Tractor-trailer Truck Driver Job Description

Summary

Responsible for transporting goods from one place to another using heavy or tractor-trailer trucks. Operates trucks with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight.

Primary responsibilities

  • Deliver goods while operating a tractor-trailer truck, sometimes over intercity routes or spanning several states.
  • Load and unload cargo.
  • Record amount and type of cargo being delivered.
  • Take orders for new delivers.
  • Drive long distances.
  • Fill up on fuel, clean truck, and wash windows.
  • Report to a dispatcher any incidents encountered on the road.
  • Monitor road conditions and watch for traffic congestion.
  • Follow all applicable traffic laws.
  • Inspect their trailer before and after the trip, and record any defects they find.
  • Follow accident procedures if an accident occurs.
  • Keep a log of their activities.
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel.
  • Keep their truck, and associated equipment, clean and in good working order.
  • Plan routes using maps or satellite tracking.
  • Get goods to client on time.
  • Take rest periods during trip.
  • Transport hazardous materials.
  • Take special precautions while driving.
  • Buy or lease trucks from other companies.
  • Find and keep clients.
  • Maintain log of trips.

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