There are two primary types of truck drivers � those with light or delivery service trucks and those with heavy trucks or tractor-trailers. Light or delivery service truck drivers usually work local routes. They often must be in very good physical condition, as their duties include loading and unloading their trucks. These drivers generally work within a regular, specific area close to home. Heavy truck drivers often spend days or weeks driving their vehicles between destinations. Federal guidelines require that long distance truck drivers take regular breaks and file reports detailing their trips.
Employers often look for graduates of a respected truck driving school when looking for new employees. Schools with at least a four- to six-week course turn out drivers with the skills and training needed to operate heavy trucks safely and professionally. These schools teach students how to operate trucks and about the rules and regulations the government has set for heavy machinery drivers, as well as teaching them what they need to acquire a Commercial Driver�s License.
courtesy of Career Explorer