A delivery driver typically collects merchandise from one location and transports it to a specific location. Delivery driver responsibilities vary widely from one position to the next, and some positions require drivers to perform additional tasks in addition to making deliveries. Some employers insist that drivers use their own vehicles and keep them in good working order. For delivery-related tasks, other employers provide company-owned vehicles.
Delivery drivers are often in charge of retrieving items from stock rooms, loading them into delivery vehicles, and transporting the goods to their final destination. A valid driver’s license is required, and if driving large trucks is required, a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is usually required. Many job postings for delivery drivers emphasize the importance of a clean driving record, as employers want to know that the applicant will make deliveries safely and on time.
The employer determines the specific job requirements for a delivery driver. In some cases, a driver who delivers pizza to private residences and businesses may also be trained to take restaurant phone orders or even prepare the pizza. A furniture store’s delivery driver is usually solely responsible for loading and delivering items safely and on time. A common job requirement for handling heavy merchandise is the ability to lift a certain amount of weight.
Some delivery driver jobs entail a lot of accountability. Client signatures may be required, and drivers may be asked to keep track of important paperwork. Employers want to know that the driver is trustworthy and responsible in these situations. The handling of toxic substances in some delivery jobs usually necessitates additional training or certification. Most employers will conduct background checks for critical delivery jobs to ensure that an applicant has a clean driving record and is free of criminal offenses.
A good sense of direction and the ability to read maps are also required of delivery drivers. To deliver goods, most delivery drivers use trucks, vans, or cars. Motorcycle drivers are hired to navigate busy streets to deliver small items such as corporate papers in some high-traffic situations.
Typically, job postings for delivery drivers state whether the position requires the use of a personal vehicle. When driving a company vehicle, the driver may be required to keep track of oil changes, brake inspections, and tire replacements. When driving a personal vehicle, a delivery driver is typically required to show proof of insurance and maintain the vehicle in good working order.