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Heavy truck drivers may do some or all of the following

  • carry out routine checks on their trucks every time they drive them
  • pick up the daily delivery instructions
  • make sure they understand the instructions and know the route
  • weigh the truck before and after it is loaded
  • supervise or help with the loading of the truck
  • check the condition of the load and that it is securely fastened
  • follow the correct safety procedures if the goods being transported are dangerous
  • handle livestock
  • check all the documentation related to the loads
  • drive a truck to make deliveries or pick up goods
  • keep a log book of the hours they work
  • carry out basic vehicle maintenance
  • run their own trucking business.

Heavy truck drivers need to have

  • excellent heavy truck driving skills
  • knowledge of different methods of securing and covering loads such as tying different kinds of knots and using chains, locks and straps
  • an understanding of the Road Code, defensive driving techniques and relevant transport laws
  • knowledge of emergency procedures and how to identify and handle hazardous road conditions
  • first aid skills
  • knowledge of the area they work in and the correct routes to take
  • the ability to use satellite tracking equipment and on-board computers
  • skill reading maps
  • decision-making skills.

Heavy truck drivers need to be

  • punctual
  • reliable and responsible
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to remain calm in emergencies
  • able to work well under pressure
  • courteous and law-abiding on the road.
Medium_logo_fb Letiticia "Tish" Gillespie
Truck Driver

Before joining Fletcher Building. I was studying and driving a class 2 delivery truck. I joined Firth, which is New Zealand's leader in... read more »