Below you will find an assortment of Driver descriptions, If your job title involves any of the following then you are considered a ROUTE DRIVER and are welcome to post here.
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30 Year Route Driver
Route Drivers are a constant presence on the Nation’s highways and interstates, delivering everything from automobiles to canned foods, beer and wine to restaurant supplies and produce. Firms of all kinds rely on trucks for pickup and delivery of goods because no other form of transportation can deliver goods door to door. Even if goods travel in part by ship, train, or airplane, trucks carry nearly all goods at some point in their journey from producer to consumer.
Before leaving the terminal or warehouse, Route Drivers check the fuel level and oil in their trucks. They also inspect the trucks to make sure the brakes, windshield wipers, and lights are working and that a fire extinguisher, flares, and other safety equipment are aboard and in working order. Route Drivers make sure their cargo is secure and adjust their mirrors so that both sides of the truck are visible from the driver’s seat. Route Drivers report equipment that is inoperable, missing, or loaded improperly to the dispatcher.
Once under way,Route drivers must be alert to prevent accidents. Route Drivers can see farther down the road, because large trucks sit higher than most other vehicles. This allows Route drivers to seek traffic lanes that allow for a steady speed, while keeping sight of varying road conditions.
Delivery time varies according to the type of merchandise and its final destination. Local route drivers may provide daily service for a specific route, while other route drivers make intercity and interstate deliveries that take longer and may vary from job to job. The route driver’s responsibilities and assignments change according to the time spent on the road, the type of payloads transported, and vehicle size.
New technologies are changing the way route drivers work, especially long-distance route drivers. Satellites and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) link many trucks with company headquarters. Troubleshooting information, directions, weather reports, and other important communications can be delivered to the truck, anywhere, within seconds. Route Drivers can easily communicate with the dispatcher to discuss delivery schedules and courses of action in the event of mechanical problems. The satellite linkup also allows the dispatcher to track the truck’s location, fuel consumption, and engine performance. Many route drivers also work with computerized inventory tracking equipment. It is important for the producer, warehouse, and customer to know the product’s location at all times, in order to keep costs low and the quality of service high.
Heavy truck and tractor-trailer route drivers drive trucks or vans with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). They transport goods including cars, livestock, and other materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. Many routes are from city to city and cover long distances. Some companies use two route drivers on very long runs—one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. “Sleeper” runs may last for days, or even weeks, usually with the truck stopping only for fuel, food, loading, and unloading.
Some heavy truck and tractor-trailer route drivers who have regular runs transport freight to the same city on a regular basis. Other route drivers perform unscheduled runs because shippers request varying service to different cities every day.
After these route drivers reach their destination or complete their operating shift, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires that they complete reports detailing the trip, the condition of the truck, and the circumstances of any accidents. In addition, Federal regulations require employers to subject drivers to random alcohol and drug tests while they are on duty.
Long-distance heavy truck and tractor-trailer route drivers spend most of their working time behind the wheel, but may load or unload their cargo after arriving at the final destination. This is especially common when drivers haul specialty cargo, because they may be the only one at the destination familiar with procedures or certified to handle the materials. Auto-transport drivers, for example, position cars on the trailers at the manufacturing plant and remove them at the dealerships. When picking up or delivering furniture, drivers of long-distance moving vans hire local workers to help them load or unload.
Light or delivery services route drivers drive trucks or vans with a capacity under 26,000 pounds GVW. They deliver or pick up merchandise and packages within a specific area. This may include short “turnarounds” to deliver a shipment to a nearby city, pick up another loaded truck or van, and drive it back to their home base the same day. These services may require use of electronic delivery tracking systems to track the whereabouts of the merchandise or packages. Light or delivery services truck drivers usually load or unload the merchandise at the customer’s place of business. They may have helpers if there are many deliveries to make during the day, or if the load requires heavy moving. Typically, before the driver arrives for work, material handlers load the trucks and arrange items to improve delivery efficiency. Customers must sign receipts for goods and pay drivers the balance due on the merchandise if there is a cash-on-delivery arrangement. At the end of the day, drivers turn in receipts, money, records of deliveries made, and any reports on mechanical problems with their trucks.
Some local truck drivers have sales and customer service responsibilities. The primary responsibility of driver/sales workers, or route drivers, is to deliver and sell their firm’s products over established routes or within an established territory. They sell goods such as food products, including restaurant takeout items, or pick up and deliver items such as laundry. Their response to customer complaints and requests can make the difference between a large order and a lost customer. Route drivers may also take orders and collect payments.
The duties of route driver/sales workers vary according to their industry, the policies of their particular company, and the emphasis placed on their sales responsibility. Most have wholesale routes that deliver to businesses and stores, rather than to homes. For example, wholesale bakery route driver/sales workers deliver and arrange bread, cakes, rolls, and other baked goods on display racks in grocery stores. They estimate how many of each item to stock by paying close attention to what is selling. They may recommend changes in a store’s order or encourage the manager to stock new bakery products. Laundries that rent linens, towels, work clothes, and other items employ driver/sales workers to visit businesses regularly to replace soiled laundry. From time to time, they solicit new orders from businesses along their route.
After completing their route, driver/sales workers order items for the next delivery based on product sales trends, weather, and customer requests.