What does a Class A Driver do?

Truck drivers earn their living by driving a truck and transporting goods and materials. They typically drive a route that takes them to and from retail and distribution centers or manufacturing plants. As long and short distance haulers of goods and materials, they provide essential services for industrialized nations. They move cargo by way of tractor-trailers and know how to connect and disconnect cabs from trailers and basic repair skills including changing a tire. They are trained to operate the vehicle up or down a steep grade while keeping the brakes protected from overheating and keeping loads from shifting on curves.

Truck drivers operate multi-gear transmission vehicles and are educated in safely maneuvering the vehicle and its cargo while staying mindful to its size. They are expected to track their long hours in a log book and get merchandise to a final destination safely and timely. They are responsible for manifest sheets that they check to match their load, and they load and unload their truck. There is no education requirement to be a truck driver, but candidates must be 21 years of age and take the Department of Transportation physical, meet or exceed the medical requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Truck drivers must also complete commercial driver's license training.

What responsibilities are common for Class A Driver jobs?
  • Comply with all company policies, procedures, and safety guidelines.
  • Assist in unloading trailer and delivering product into customer premises.
  • Notify route manager of any incidents, accidents, injures, or property damage.
  • Perform pre and post-trip inspections and complete daily driver logs.
  • Lift objects of various shapes, sizes and weights up to 50 lbs.
  • Responsible for safely operating truck and trailer.
  • Complete assigned route sheet for one Line of Business (LOB).
  • Attend scheduled safety, team meetings and training sessions.
  • Ensure compliance with various state and federal wage/hour laws, signage, postings, etc.
  • Coordinate the operation of the truck driver training program.
  • Ensure that equipment is clean and in good repair.
  • Verify physical container counts, match counts on pick up slips.
  • Work with team to improve route efficiencies.
  • Engage with vendors and associates, ensuring the best possible experience for our customers.
  • Report all maintenance and safety issues to shift lead or supervisor.
  • Ensure proper care of product, equipment, and route settlement daily.
  • Inspect trucks for defects before and after trips and submit report indicating truck conditions.
What are the typical qualifications for Class A Driver jobs?
  • GED/High School Degree and certification to operate oversize vehicles.
  • A professional at all times.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring adaptability and dexterity to the job.
  • Read and interpret condition reports.
  • Strict attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Able to load and unload vehicle, navigate on highways and tunnels, and solve problems that may arise on the job.
  • Demonstrated skills in the drop and hook processes.
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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Class A Driver Career Path

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Read what Class A Driver professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Western ExpressWestern Express
Truck Driver
3 Feb 2021

“I am new and have lots to learn but they have been nothing but nice and very helpful.”

R. Smith & Sons
Class A Truck Driver
16 Aug 2021

“trucks are well kept with lots of power and a fun group of guys to work with”

Brakes GroupBrakes Group
Class 2 Driver
28 Oct 2022

“I am looking forward to my future career which I have not done for some years And the pay is good”

Western ExpressWestern Express
Truck Driver
13 Nov 2020

“The pay ain’t good at all I worked here 2 years and only got a 2 penny raise”

Ready Mix Driver
3 Mar 2022

“Benefits were good but new drivers will not receive what I did at the time I started.”

Class A Truck Driver
14 Jul 2022

“The majority of dispatchers are really nice and try to work with you do get you what you want.”

CR EnglandCR England
OTR Truck Driver
18 Dec 2021

“Put diesel in truck because fuel card wouldn’t work and never got money back.”

Wren KitchensWren Kitchens
Class A Truck Driver
27 Aug 2021

“One of the best company I ever work and also the management are very helpful.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Class A Driver

When working as a Class A Driver, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CDL Hazmat, Load Unload, Dedicated CDL, Air Induction and English Language.

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The most common qualifications to become a Class A Driver is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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