Driver Overview

Commuting can be a drag. But if you enjoy being on the road for long periods of time, you should consider working as a driver. There are tons of driver jobs such as those as a delivery driver, a truck driver, or a taxi/chauffeur driver. 

Each driver job type has a variety of responsibilities, but all drivers must get from one place to another safely. Think becoming a driver is for you? Then it’s time for you to listen to your favorite tunes and hit the road!

Responsibilities

  • Guarantee customer satisfaction. Greet customers in a pleasant manner when they enter your vehicle.
  • Communicate with customers effectively about where they need to go. You will also need to correspond with dispatchers if you’re delivering goods.
  • Be punctual. Depending on your specific driving job, customers and/or their packages will need to be transported somewhere by a certain time.
  • Give correct change and/or receipts to customers.
  • Load merchandise into your vehicle and make sure packages are not damaged.
  • Keep vehicles up to code by checking fuel levels, tires, and brakes.

Skills

  • Attention to detail. You must follow road rules and regulations. Keep in mind that if you are operating large vehicles, you will have to adhere to different road procedures. 
  • Directional skills. You must be able to read maps without getting lost.
  • Safety. You’re in charge of moving people and products to their final destinations safely.
  • Endurance. As a driver, you will be on the road for hours at a time without a break.

Experience

While no formal education is needed, you’ll definitely need a valid driver’s license to be a driver. Of course, the type of license depends on the type of driver job. For example, if you’re looking to become a taxi driver, you’ll need to obtain a specific taxi license from your state. For bigger vehicles, you’ll need to get a Commercial Driver’s License.

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