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294 Available Owner Operators in Utah

OriginTruck TypePayDest. #1Dest. #2NamePhone
MONTICELLO, UT, , BLAKE PETERSON Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , MARK FARNSWORTH Contact
PARADISE, UT, , STEVE MORTENSEN CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
TREMONTON, UT, , CLEVE H STEED Contact
TREMONTON, UT, , DAIRYWAY TRANSPORT INC Contact
MOAB, UT, , DARIN BLEGGI Contact
COLLINSTON, UT, , S DAVID EARL Contact
GARLAND, UT, , QUARTER CIRCLE 13 TRANSPORTATION INC Contact
TREMONTON, UT, , FRANCOM FARMS INC Contact
EPHRIAM, UT, , SKYLINE AUTO Contact
EPHRAIM, UT, , BEN GORDON Contact
COALVILLE, UT, , JEFERY A HOWE Contact
HENEFER, UT, , RICHINS TRANSPORTATION LLC Contact
FAIRVIEW, UT, , COX AUTOMOTIVE & SPORTS Contact
TREMONTON, UT, , ROCHE FARMS INC Contact
BRIGHAM CITY, UT, , DAVID MARBLE Contact
TREMONTON, UT, , SLASH G TRANSPORTATION INC Contact
GARLAND, UT, , MARK RICHARDS Contact
MT PLEASANT, UT, , LASER TOWING Contact
CORINNE, UT, , CIRCLE A TRUCKING LLC Contact
PAROWAN, UT, , LLOYDS TIRE & AUTO CENTER DRIVE Contact
LINDON, UT, , BRYCE HAAS Contact
MIDVALE, UT, , GARY B TAYLOR Contact
CIRCLEVILLE, UT, , CRAIG SUDWEEKS Contact
NEPHI, UT, , DON STEELE LLC Contact
MONA, UT, , B C & T INC Contact
ST GEORGE, UT, , LYNN BLOXHAM Contact
ENTERPRISE, UT, , TC TRUCKING LC Contact
HURRICANE, UT, , RANSDELL TRUCKING & EXCAVATING Contact
PRICE, UT, , CIRCLE K RANCH CONSTRUCTION Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , RTR LLC Contact
KANAB, UT, , CHARLES E EDDY Contact
PARK CITY, UT, , PARK CITY ENGINEERING INC Contact
MYTON, UT, , HAGMAN TRUCKING INC Contact
ANETH, UT, , KEITH BARLOW Contact
IVINS, UT, , P D Q CONSTRUCTION AND LANDSCAPING Contact
MIDWAY, UT, , ARLIN KOHLER Contact
WALLSBURG, UT, , RICHINS DRILLING INC Contact
WALLSBURG, UT, , RICHINS DRILLING INC Contact
WENDOVER, UT, , REED G MAUGHAN Contact
KAMAS, UT, , PACK STRING TRUCKING INC Contact
ST GEORGE, UT, , BRUCE BAILEY Contact
WASHINGTON, UT, , DENNETT CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
ST GEORGE, UT, , SUPERIOR AUTO BODY Contact
WASHINGTON, UT, , JUSTON R PALMER Contact
BLANDING, UT, , LYMAN TRUCK LINES INC Contact
BLANDING, UT, , JACK B MONTELLA Contact
PARK CITY, UT, , DANIEL LOZANO Contact
ROOSEVELT, UT, , VERLIN ANSON HATCH Contact
LOGAN, UT, , AXTELL TAYLOR GM LLC Contact
LOGAN, UT, , LYNN S PORTER HOUSE MOVIN INC Contact
PROVIDENCE, UT, , FOXRIDGE DEVELOPEMENT COMPANY Contact
VERNAL, UT, , ADAMS BODY & PAINT Contact
VERNAL, UT, , CHOICE WELL SERVICE INC Contact
VERNAL, UT, , VON FLETCHER TRUCKING INC Contact
JENSEN, UT, , JIMMY D MURRAY Contact
VERNAL, UT, , HOWCROFT FIELD SERVICE INC Contact
VERNAL, UT, , CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
JENSEN, UT, , ALAN H CHEW Contact
VERNAL, UT, , BART HASLAM Contact
VERNAL, UT, , GUDAC BROS INC Contact
MANTI, UT, , COX DEVELOPMENT INC Contact
OAK CITY, UT, , SCOTT WRIGHT Contact
PAYSON, UT, , DONALD EMMETT LOFTUS Contact
ENOCH, UT, , WILLIAM CHAD ISOM Contact
TOOELE, UT, , FANTASTIC PLASTIC Contact
RICHFIELD, UT, , 5 STAR RENTAL Contact
AMERICAN FORK, UT, , CORNERSTONE AUDIO VISUAL INC Contact
OREM, UT, , GARY MCNEIL Contact
OREM, UT, , ECKLES PAVING INC Contact
OREM, UT, , MURANO CRANE LLC Contact
OREM, UT, , OAK PLUS FURNITURE Contact
OREM, UT, , INTEGRITY TRUCKING INC Contact
OREM, UT, , A & S CRANE SERVICE Contact
OREM, UT, , JAMES C DICKEY Contact
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, , ORTIZ TRUCKING INC Contact
HERRIMAN, UT, , JSJ EXPRESS INC Contact
MAGNA, UT, , CALCO TRANSPORTATION INC Contact
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, , ROYAL TRANSPORT Contact
MURRAY, UT, , NIELCO ROOFING & SHEET METAL INC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , ARROW MOVING & STORAGE COMPANY OF UTAH LLP Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , RONALD P SNARR Contact
MURRAY, UT, , LAMBSON CONSTRUCTION LLC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , I D ELECTRIC INC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , DIGITAL WIRELESS TELECOM INC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , ADVANCED TREE Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , KATHY MCDONALD Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , GARY GROSCOST Contact
WEST JORDAN, UT, , RM CHRIS TRANSPORTATION LLC Contact
WEST JORDAN, UT, , DUSTIN JONES Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , DERRICK L DIAL Contact
BOUNTIFUL, UT, , OASISS PRINKLER Contact
BOUNTIFUL, UT, , STEPHEN F HANSON Contact
MAGNA, UT, , M & M IT INC Contact
MIDWAY, UT, , MORRISON BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , ATLAS STEEL Contact
PROVO, UT, , MORRIS MOTOR Contact
PROVO, UT, , A KAY HAYES Contact
PROVO, UT, , WARDS BODY SHOP Contact
PROVO, UT, , DAVIES MILLER INC Contact
PROVO, UT, , LAURI RHOADES Contact
HARRISVILLE, UT, , FIFE TRUCKING INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , GUNNERS COLLISION REPAIR & PAINT INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , TREVOR CHARLTON Contact
OGDEN, UT, , OLSEN BROS TRANSPORTATION INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , BRUCE GARDINER Contact
OGDEN, UT, , J R INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , GREEN & COMPANY LLC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , RLM CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
AMERICAN FORK, UT, , CALIPER LOGISTICS INC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , BLACK DIAMOND CONTRACTING INC Contact
HEBER CITY, UT, , BRAD ROWSER Contact
MAPLETON, UT, , ALLSERVICES LLC Contact
SALAM, UT, , MEL HANKS & SONS INC Contact
NORTH OGDEN, UT, , MSB CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
WEST HAVEN, UT, , RICK TUCKER Contact
LAYTON, UT, , USDS INC Contact
PAYSON, UT, , RAYLOC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , UNI WEST INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , JACK VANDEHEI Contact
THATCHER, UT, , TED M LEWIS Contact
SOUTH WEBER, UT, , WEAVER CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , SCOTT TOWING Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , ANALDAT INC Contact
MAPLETON, UT, , STEELES QUALITY CONCRETE Contact
MAPLETON, UT, , ERICKSON INC Contact
NEPHI, UT, , P S KUHNI TRANSPORTATION INC Contact
SPRINGVILLE, UT, , NATURAL SUCCESSIONS INC Contact
MAPLETON, UT, , K&J TRAFFIC CONTROL & SIGNING LLC Contact
SPRINGVILLE, UT, , R S LEASING INC Contact
AMERICAN FORK, UT, , SEVEN Q BROWN Contact
OGDEN, UT, , ABBS CONSTRUCTION Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , RICHARD BOYCE Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , JANET M NEWTON Contact
KAYSVILLE, UT, , A RUTTCO PALLET LLC Contact
KAYSVILLE, UT, , GABRIEL PEREZ Contact
SYRACUSE, UT, , MICHAEL C MALAN Contact
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, , L A CATERERS FILM SERVICE INC Contact
MIDVALE, UT, , JERRY L JORGENSEN Contact
WEST JORDAN, UT, , A&M EXCAVATING INC Contact
WEST JORDAN, UT, , S & K MACHINE INC Contact
WEST JORDAN, UT, , D & J TOWING Contact
DRAPER, UT, , RAY & LEZLIE RIGLER Contact
SANDY, UT, , STAN BURTON Contact
SANDY, UT, , SPECTRUM MOBILE HOMES LLC Contact
MURRAY, UT, , LAWN GEVITY LLC Contact
SANDY, UT, , RIVAS CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , NACHOS TOWING Contact
SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , BARRY MORTENSEN Contact
OGDEN, UT, , H&S PALLET INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , BBH INVESTMENTS Contact
WEST JORDAN, UT, , BALKAN EXPRESS LC Contact
OREM, UT, , ONE WISH LLC Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , CAT HEAVY HAUL Contact
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, , GREENFIELD LOGISTICS LLC Contact
HERRIMAN, UT, , CLAYTON EASTMAN Contact
HOOPER, UT, , CIRCLE F FARMS LLC Contact
CENTERVILLE, UT, , SER ENTERPRISES LLC Contact
BLUFFDALE, UT, , THE L TEAM LLC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , ALEX GARCIA Contact
OGDEN, UT, , ARROW DISPOSAL INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , G E M S DISTRIBUTING INC Contact
HOOPER, UT, , SEAN C HART Contact
DRAPER, UT, , ROBERT JAMES KING Contact
LEHI, UT, , ROTHES WELDING & TRUCKING INC Contact
OGDEN, UT, , HADLEY ELECTRIC INC Contact
PLEASANT VIEW, UT, , GEOWORKS CORP Contact
LINDON, UT, , PAUL MAGLEBY CONSTRUCTION Contact
PLEASANT GROVE, UT, , SUTCH CONCRETE Contact
CEDAR HILL, UT, , NU HOME CUSTOM DESIGN Contact
LINDON, UT, , DISPLAY GRAPHICS INC Contact
SPANISH FORK, UT, , INTERMOUNTAIN EXCAVATING Contact
SPANISH FORK, UT, , TMH ENTERPRISES INC Contact
SPANISH FORK, UT, , OZARK HOLDING Contact
SPANISH FORK, UT, , SCOTT OLSEN Contact
SPANISH FORK, UT, , BANITA CORP Contact
SPANISH FORK, UT, , DLE INC Contact
SANDY, UT, , BOB J BERUMEN Contact
OGDEN, UT, , CONSTRUCTION WASTE CONTAINERS Contact
MORGAN, UT, , REDROCK TRUCKING Contact
TABIONA, UT, , RICHARD RASMUSSEN Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , WESTERN TOW & TRANSPORTATION Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , LEWIS AYERS DRIVING SCHOOL INC Contact
PROVO, UT, , MICHAEL WAYNE GRAHAM Contact
HOOPER, UT, , CLAMP-IT CONSTRUCTION INC Contact
SANDY, UT, , PICKERING CONCRETE Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , RODGER UHRHAHN Contact
SANDY, UT, , JOSEPH M TRUJILLO Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , TELEGISTICS Contact
TAYLORSVILLE, UT, , DOUGLAS J BETTS Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , FRONTIER WASTE SERVICES UTAH LLC Contact
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, , FRANK ANDREASEN Contact
WEST VALLEY, UT, , MIGUEL MARTINEZ TRUCKING LLC Contact
KEARNS, UT, , JAMES T GRAHAM Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , CERTIFIED SHRED Contact
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, , HEINHOLD ENGINEERING AND MACHINE Contact
HOOPER, UT, , PAINTER ENTERPRISE TRUCKING INC Contact
MT PLEASENT, UT, , HAWK EXPRESS INC Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Aaron Jorgensen Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Alex Dominguez Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Andrew Garrett Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Andrew Halford Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Andrew Olsen Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Anita Mccaskey Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Anthony Holland Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Arturo Gonzalez Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Asab Bruce Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Austin Nilson Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Allen Wood Contact
Saint George, UTcall, , Bette Beagles Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Billy Gross Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Brian Nieman Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Bobby Riedell Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Brian Edwards Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Bryan Butler Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Bryan Hicks Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Bryan Newton Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Byron Long Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Chad Cook Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Charles Papenhausen Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Chet Blackham Contact
Saint George, UTcall, , Chris Baker Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Chris Brake Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Chris Kitchens Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Chris Voss Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Christopher Curley Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Christopher Mishler Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Christopher Riser Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Christopher Stevens Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Calvin Glen Hunt Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Clay Wells Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Clint Mason Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Cody Timothy Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Cole Curtis Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Cory Flanders Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Craig Houghtling Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Christopher Lawrence Ramos Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Dad Earl Kolbe Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Donny Louis Allen Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Dan Enno Contact
Logan, UTcall, , Dan Worthen Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Danenon Galloway Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Dave Rader Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Dave Stewart Contact
Logan, UTcall, , David Bacon Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , David Kinsman Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , David Schutt Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Denice Glines Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Derek Robertson Contact
Brigham City, UTcall, , Devin Gardner Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Dale Gunn Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Diego Vegas Contact
Bingham Canyon, UTcall, , Afton Lang Contact
Logan, UTcall, , Don Baker Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Doug Holloway Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Dylan Johnson Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Elva Chavez Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Emmanuel Velez Contact
Logan, UTcall, , Eric Dehaven Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Eric Kelly Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Eric Koch Contact
Smithfield, UTcall, , Eric Larsen Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Eric Walker Contact
Richfield, UTcall, , Eric Williams Contact
North Salt Lake, UTcall, , Eric Schickling Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Erin Rutherford Contact
Heber City, UTcall, , Drake Fuhriman Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Etienne Roets Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Eugene Seal Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Federico Gonzalez Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Fabian Price Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Gabriel Estrada Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Gary Horlick Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Gary Miller Contact
Salina, UTcall, , Gene Leon Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Glenn Padgett Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Greg Anderson Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Greg Fausto Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Herbert Stangle Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Ryan Zahn Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Ishmael Otchere-Macnally Contact
West Valley City, UTcall, , Jack Greathouse Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Jacob Hesse Contact
West Valley City, UTcall, , Jake Larson Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , James Davis Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Jerry Humphrey Contact
West Valley City, UTcall, , Jess Patrick Contact
Salt Lake City, UTcall, , Jessy Roberts Contact
Vernal, UTcall, , Jesus Rodriguez Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , Jimmy Johnson Contact
North Salt Lake, UTcall, , Jeff Sandall Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , John Aldrich Contact
Midvale, UTcall, , John Sundwall Contact
Salina, UTcall, , John Tadin Contact

Utah Available Truck Drivers

Work of a Truck Driver

Truck drivers are a constant presence on the Nation’s highways and interstates. They deliver everything from automobiles to canned food. Firms of all kinds rely on trucks to pick up and deliver goods because no other form of transportation can deliver goods door-to-door. Even if some goods travel most of the way by ship, train, or airplane, almost everything is carried by trucks at some point in its journey.

Before leaving the terminal or warehouse, truck drivers check the fuel level and oil in their trucks. They also inspect the trucks to make sure that the brakes, windshield wipers, and lights are working and that a fire extinguisher, flares, and other safety equipment are aboard and in working order. Drivers make sure their cargo is secure and adjust the mirrors so that both sides of the truck are visible from the driver’s seat. Drivers report equipment that is inoperable, missing, or loaded improperly to the dispatcher.

Once under way, drivers must be alert in order to prevent accidents. Drivers can see farther down the road because large trucks seat them higher off the ground than other vehicles. This allows them to see the road ahead and select lanes that are moving more smoothly as well as giving them warning of any dangerous road conditions ahead of them.

The duration of runs vary according to the types of cargo and the destinations. Local drivers may provide daily service for a specific route or region, while other drivers make longer, intercity and interstate deliveries. Interstate and intercity cargo tends to vary from job to job more than local cargo. A driver’s responsibilities and assignments change according to the type of loads transported and their vehicle’s size.

New technologies are changing the way truck drivers work, especially long-distance truck drivers. Satellites and the Global Positioning System link many trucks with their company’s headquarters. Troubleshooting information, directions, weather reports, and other important communications can be instantly relayed to the truck. Drivers can easily communicate with the dispatcher to discuss delivery schedules and courses of action in the event of mechanical problems. The satellite link also allows the dispatcher to track the truck’s location, fuel consumption, and engine performance. Some drivers also work with computerized inventory tracking equipment. It is important for the producer, warehouse, and customer to know their product’s location at all times so they can maintain a high quality of service.

Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers operate 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 drivers on very long runs—one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. These “sleeper” runs can last for days, or even weeks. Trucks on sleeper runs typically stop only for fuel, food, loading, and unloading.

Some heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers who have regular runs transport freight to the same city on a regular basis. Other drivers perform ad hoc runs because shippers request varying service to different cities every day.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that drivers keep a log of their activities, the condition of the truck, and the circumstances of any accidents.

Long-distance heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers spend most of their working time behind the wheel, but also may have to load or unload their cargo. This is especially common when drivers haul specialty cargo, because they may be the only ones 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 truck drivers operate vans and trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds GVW. They pick up or deliver 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 for ease of delivery. 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, payments, 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 driver/sales workers vary according to their industry, the policies of their employer, 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 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. Their duties also may include soliciting new customers along their sales route.

After completing their route, driver/sales workers place orders for their next deliveries based on product sales and customer requests.

Truck Driver Working Conditions

Truck driving has become less physically demanding because most trucks now have more comfortable seats, better ventilation, and improved, ergonomically designed cabs. Although these changes make the work environment less taxing, driving for many hours at a stretch, loading and unloading cargo, and making many deliveries can be tiring. Local truck drivers, unlike long-distance drivers, usually return home in the evening. Some self-employed long-distance truck drivers who own and operate their trucks spend most of the year away from home.

Design improvements in newer trucks have reduced stress and increased the efficiency of long-distance drivers. Many newer trucks are equipped with refrigerators, televisions, and bunks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation governs work hours and other working conditions of truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce. A long-distance driver may drive for 11 hours and work for up to 14 hours—including driving and non-driving duties—after having 10 hours off-duty. A driver may not drive after having worked for 60 hours in the past 7 days or 70 hours in the past 8 days unless they have taken at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. Most drivers are required to document their time in a logbook. Many drivers, particularly on long runs, work close to the maximum time permitted because they typically are compensated according to the number of miles or hours they drive. Drivers on long runs face boredom, loneliness, and fatigue. Drivers often travel nights, holidays, and weekends to avoid traffic delays.

Local truck drivers frequently work 50 or more hours a week. Drivers who handle food for chain grocery stores, produce markets, or bakeries typically work long hours—starting late at night or early in the morning. Although most drivers have regular routes, some have different routes each day. Many local truck drivers, particularly driver/sales workers, load and unload their own trucks. This requires considerable lifting, carrying, and walking each day.

State and Federal regulations govern the qualifications and standards for truck drivers. All drivers must comply with Federal regulations and any State regulations that are in excess of those Federal requirements. Truck drivers must have a driver’s license issued by the State in which they live, and most employers require a clean driving record. Drivers of trucks designed to carry 26,000 pounds or more—including most tractor-trailers, as well as bigger straight trucks—must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the State in which they live. All truck drivers who operate trucks transporting hazardous materials must obtain a CDL, regardless of truck size. In order to receive the hazardous materials endorsement a driver must be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check by the Transportation Security Administration. Federal regulations governing CDL administration allow for States to exempt farmers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, some military drivers, and snow and ice removers from the need for a CDL at the State’s discretion. In many States a regular driver’s license is sufficient for driving light trucks and vans.

To qualify for a CDL an applicant must have a clean driving record, pass a written test on rules and regulations, and then demonstrate that they can operate a commercial truck safely. A national database permanently records all driving violations committed by those with a CDL. A State will check these records and deny a CDL to those who already have a license suspended or revoked in another State. Licensed drivers must accompany trainees until they get their own CDL. A person may not hold more than one license at a time and must surrender any other licenses when a CDL is issued. Information on how to apply for a CDL may be obtained from State motor vehicle administrations.

Many States allow those who are as young as 18 years old to drive trucks within their borders. To drive a commercial vehicle between States one must be 21 years of age, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which establishes minimum qualifications for truck drivers engaging in interstate commerce. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations—published by U.S. DOT—require drivers to be at least 21 years old and to pass a physical examination once every 2 years. The main physical requirements include good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. Drivers may not be colorblind. Drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at not less than 5 feet, with a hearing aid if needed. Drivers must have normal use of arms and legs and normal blood pressure. Drivers may not use any controlled substances, unless prescribed by a licensed physician. Persons with epilepsy or diabetes controlled by insulin are not permitted to be interstate truck drivers. Federal regulations also require employers to test their drivers for alcohol and drug use as a condition of employment, and require periodic random tests of the drivers while they are on duty. A driver must not have been convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle; a crime involving drugs; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; refusing to submit to an alcohol test required by a State or its implied consent laws or regulations; leaving the scene of a crime; or causing a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle. All drivers must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports, and communicate with law enforcement officers and the public.

Many trucking operations have higher standards than those described here. Many firms require that drivers be at least 22 years old, be able to lift heavy objects, and have driven trucks for 3 to 5 years. Many prefer to hire high school graduates and require annual physical examinations. Companies have an economic incentive to hire less risky drivers, as good drivers use less fuel and cost less to insure.

Taking driver-training courses is a desirable method of preparing for truck driving jobs and for obtaining a CDL. High school courses in driver training and automotive mechanics also may be helpful. Many private and public vocational-technical schools offer tractor-trailer driver training programs. Students learn to maneuver large vehicles on crowded streets and in highway traffic. They also learn to inspect trucks and freight for compliance with regulations. Some programs provide only a limited amount of actual driving experience. Completion of a program does not guarantee a job. Those interested in attending a driving school should check with local trucking companies to make sure the school’s training is acceptable. Some States require prospective drivers to complete a training course in basic truck driving before being issued their CDL. The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), a nonprofit organization established by the trucking industry, manufacturers, and others, certifies driver training courses at truck driver training schools that meet industry standards and Federal Highway Administration guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Drivers must get along well with people because they often deal directly with customers. Employers seek driver/sales workers who speak well and have self-confidence, initiative, tact, and a neat appearance. Employers also look for responsible, self-motivated individuals who are able to work well with little supervision.

Training given to new drivers by employers is usually informal, and may consist of only a few hours of instruction from an experienced driver, sometimes on the new employee’s own time. New drivers may also ride with and observe experienced drivers before getting their own assignments. Drivers receive additional training to drive special types of trucks or handle hazardous materials. Some companies give 1 to 2 days of classroom instruction covering general duties, the operation and loading of a truck, company policies, and the preparation of delivery forms and company records. Driver/sales workers also receive training on the various types of products their company carries so that they can effectively answer questions about the products and more easily market them to their customers.

Although most new truck drivers are assigned to regular driving jobs immediately, some start as extra drivers—substituting for regular drivers who are ill or on vacation. Extra drivers receive a regular assignment when an opening occurs.

New drivers sometimes start on panel trucks or other small straight trucks. As they gain experience and show competent driving skills they may advance to larger, heavier trucks and finally to tractor-trailers.

The advancement of truck drivers generally is limited to driving runs that provide increased earnings, preferred schedules, or working conditions. Local truck drivers may advance to driving heavy or specialized trucks, or transfer to long-distance truck driving. Working for companies that also employ long-distance drivers is the best way to advance to these positions. Few truck drivers become dispatchers or managers.

Some long-distance truck drivers purchase trucks and go into business for themselves. Although some of these owner-operators are successful, others fail to cover expenses and go out of business. Owner-operators should have good business sense as well as truck driving experience. Courses in accounting, business, and business mathematics are helpful. Knowledge of truck mechanics can enable owner-operators to perform their own routine maintenance and minor repairs.


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