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COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVER: Things Don't Get Done As Fast As They Could Because Of Traffic

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James shares his story about being a commercial driver. He talks about what he has to do before being able to start his delivery route in the morning and what he had to do to become a commercial truck driver. He provides advice about the type of trucking people might want to get into and warns about the strict driving rules commercial drivers have to abide by.

Job Title: Commercial Truck Driver
Employer: Con-Way Frieght

Job Summary: Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Job Description

Industrial truck and tractor operators drive trucks and tractors that move materials around warehouses, storage yards, or worksites. These trucks, often called forklifts, have a lifting mechanism and forks, which makes them useful for moving heavy and large objects. Some industrial truck and tractor operators drive tractors that pull trailers loaded with material around factories or storage areas.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Several states and many cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also usually must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures.

Certification Requirement
Recommended.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

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m='16530'>pay's</span> <span m='16710'>pretty</span> <span m='17020'>good.</span> <span m='17410'>In</span> <span m='17570'>the</span> <span m='17660'>morning,</span> <span m='18110'>I</span> <span m='18260'>get</span> <span m='18440'>my</span> <span m='18630'>route</span> <span m='19040'>ready</span> <span m='19700'>and</span> <span m='20160'>ready</span> <span m='20410'>to</span> <span m='20510'>load</span> <span m='21190'>the</span> <span m='21660'>best</span> <span m='22020'>I</span> <span m='22130'>can.</span> <span m='23510'>And</span> <span m='26080'>hook</span> <span m='27040'>the</span> <span m='27380'>tractor</span> <span m='27940'>to</span> <span m='28000'>the</span> <span m='28130'>trailer,</span> <span m='28820'>pre-trip</span> <span m='29330'>it,</span> <span m='29920'>make</span> <span m='30090'>sure</span> <span m='30330'>everything's</span> <span m='30980'>OK</span> <span m='32310'>to</span> <span m='32720'>roll</span> <span m='33145'>and</span> <span 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of</span> <span m='55126'>these,</span> <span m='55588'>and every different</span> <span m='56050'>tractor</span> <span m='56512'>is different.</span> <span m='57440'>It</span> <span m='57580'>could</span> <span m='57710'>be</span> <span m='57940'>cumbersome</span> <span m='59500'>driving</span> <span m='59970'>around.</span> <span m='61240'>Things</span> <span m='61500'>don't</span> <span m='61680'>get</span> <span m='61910'>done</span> <span m='62140'>as</span> <span m='62320'>fast</span> <span m='62800'>as</span> <span m='63000'>they</span> <span m='63520'>usually</span> <span m='63960'>should</span> <span m='64319'>due</span> <span m='64450'>to</span> <span m='64590'>traffic.</span> </p><p><span m='65626'>I was</span> <span m='66010'>a</span> <span m='66140'>machinist</span> <span m='66820'>for</span> <span m='66940'>six</span> <span m='67270'>years,</span> <span m='67740'>and</span> <span m='67880'>I</span> <span m='67910'>had</span> <span m='68120'>a</span> <span m='68160'>friend</span> <span m='68490'>of</span> <span m='68540'>mine</span> <span m='68930'>get</span> <span m='69050'>me</span> <span m='69360'>into</span> <span m='69795'>this</span> <span m='70120'>job.</span> <span m='72610'>I</span> <span m='72930'>took</span> <span m='73270'>the</span> <span m='73390'>class,</span> <span m='73850'>took</span> <span m='74030'>my</span> <span m='74190'>test,</span> <span m='75370'>on</span> <span m='75580'>site</span> <span m='75975'>at the</span> <span m='76370'>job</span> <span m='76800'>site</span> <span m='79200'>and</span> <span m='79450'>went</span> <span m='79660'>from</span> <span m='79810'>there.</span> <span m='80650'>I</span> <span m='80820'>would</span> <span m='82390'>say</span> <span m='82650'>work</span> <span m='83020'>for</span> <span m='83150'>an</span> <span m='83340'>LTL</span> <span m='83880'>company</span> <span m='84310'>like</span> <span m='84590'>ours.</span> <span m='85680'>Because--</span> </p><p><span m='86490'>What's an</span> <span m='86590'>LTL</span> <span m='86650'>company?</span> </p><p><span m='87020'>LTL--</span> <span m='87495'>Less</span> <span m='87760'>Than</span> <span m='87920'>Truckload.</span> <span m='89560'>Basically</span> <span m='90350'>we</span> <span m='90470'>have</span> <span m='91310'>tons</span> <span m='91690'>of</span> <span m='91770'>stops</span> <span m='92280'>usually.</span> <span m='92830'>It's</span> <span m='93000'>not</span> <span m='93240'>just</span> <span m='93430'>one</span> <span m='93870'>stop</span> <span m='95110'>across</span> <span m='95600'>the</span> <span m='96090'>country.</span> <span m='98880'>We</span> <span m='99010'>stay</span> <span m='99290'>pretty</span> <span m='99580'>local.</span> <span m='100260'>And</span> <span m='100520'>we don't</span> <span m='100690'>have</span> <span m='100920'>to</span> <span m='101000'>pay</span> <span m='101260'>for our</span> <span m='101620'>own</span> <span m='101910'>fuel.</span> <span m='103950'>So</span> <span m='104230'>that makes</span> <span m='104460'>sense.</span> <span m='104800'>It's</span> <span m='105170'>very</span> <span m='105430'>costly</span> <span m='106430'>owning</span> <span m='106918'>your own</span> <span m='107406'>tractor and</span> <span m='107894'>trailer.</span> </p><p><span m='111950'>Advice</span> <span m='112810'>to</span> <span m='112990'>the</span> <span m='113060'>new</span> <span m='113290'>drivers.</span> <span m='115670'>Try</span> <span m='115810'>to</span> <span m='115910'>map</span> <span m='116310'>out</span> <span m='116440'>where</span> <span m='116550'>you're</span> <span m='116700'>going</span> <span m='117010'>before</span> <span m='117340'>you</span> <span m='117470'>get</span> <span m='117750'>there.</span> <span m='119490'>That</span> <span m='119750'>way</span> <span m='121080'>your</span> <span m='121300'>right</span> <span m='121580'>turns</span> <span m='122740'>are</span> <span m='122900'>easier</span> <span m='123410'>getting</span> <span m='123720'>down</span> <span m='123930'>the</span> <span m='124010'>street.</span> </p><p><span m='125222'>It's</span> <span m='125590'>important</span> <span m='126060'>not</span> <span m='126260'>to</span> <span m='126360'>drink.</span> <span m='128220'>When</span> <span m='128380'>you're</span> <span m='128530'>going</span> <span m='128880'>out,</span> <span m='129050'>even</span> <span m='129300'>on</span> <span m='129410'>the</span> <span m='129500'>weekend,</span> <span m='129890'>it's</span> <span m='130280'>very</span> <span m='130730'>important because</span> <span m='131180'>we have a</span> <span m='132530'>lower</span> <span m='132860'>tolerance</span> <span m='133810'>for</span> <span m='133980'>us.</span> <span m='134640'>We're</span> <span m='134910'>allowed</span> <span m='135185'>maybe</span> <span m='135670'>one</span> <span m='136025'>drink,</span> <span m='136380'>opposed</span> <span m='136680'>to</span> <span m='137560'>somebody</span> <span m='137960'>with a</span> <span m='138420'>C</span> <span m='138760'>license</span> <span m='139045'>that's</span> <span m='139330'>allowed</span> <span m='140260'>three,</span> <span m='141190'>four</span> <span m='141440'>drinks.</span> <span m='141765'>So</span> <span m='142570'>you have to</span> <span m='143050'>be very</span> <span m='143530'>careful.</span> <span m='144010'>It's</span> <span m='144260'>important</span> <span m='144650'>to</span> <span m='144700'>have</span> <span m='144920'>a</span> <span m='145000'>clean</span> <span m='145360'>record,</span> <span m='145810'>or</span> <span m='145960'>the</span> <span m='146300'>state</span> <span m='146640'>of</span> <span m='146700'>California</span> <span m='147030'>will</span> <span m='147360'>pull</span> <span m='147850'>your</span> <span m='147990'>license</span> <span m='148480'>from you</span> <span m='148870'>and</span> <span m='149645'>you can't</span> <span m='150030'>drive for</span> <span m='150410'>a long</span> <span 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