If you are looking for work, have you thought of becoming a driver? Perhaps you already drive and need a change?
What does a Driver do?
Put in very basic terms, a driver is someone that delivers goods. Their main duty is to collect a product from a collection point, pack it onto the delivery vehicle and safely deliver it to the client.
But there is so much more to driving than that…
What are the responsibilities of a Driver?
Whilst your primary aim will be to safely drive to your destination you may also be asked to:
- Plan the best routes based on traffic and weather conditions
- Consider the best driving practices for economical fuel consumption
- Check the orders you are collecting are correct
- Arrange goods so they can be unloaded in the correct order
- Be proficient in using satellite navigation systems
- Gain knowledge of a local area
- Deal with customers in a friendly and professional way
- Ensure customers sign required documents
- Provide proof of delivery
- Arrange alternative delivery options if the customer is not available
- Process delivery records/logbooks
What do you need to become a Driver?
The most obvious requirement is of course a clean and current Driver’s Licence. You should also be skilled and experienced at driving with good communication skills as you will be interacting daily with clients and customers.
If you are thinking of applying for a Driver’s job it would be of benefit if you can:
- Work well on your own
- Know how to navigate alternative routes if roads are blocked
- Show good customer service skills
- Remain calm under pressure
- Use handheld computer devices competently
- Follow instructions well
- Lift heavy objects (depending on what packages you are expected to deliver)
What training or qualifications are needed?
A valid Driver’s Licence is required, and employers may ask for basic qualifications in English and Maths. If you are thinking of driving heavier vehicles, you will need to take a course to upgrade your licence category.
Depending on the employer you may need experience in driving certain types of vehicles along with professional driving experience. Previous work in the logistics trade can also be an advantage and worth mentioning if you have it.
Companies ideally prefer clean licences, although most will still be happy to discuss opportunities if you do have points. If your licence is not squeaky clean don’t let it put you off applying but be prepared for the fact that you may need to discuss how/why you got the points.
Do you need our own vehicle to be a Driver?
This depends on the job. The majority of fast-food restaurants and online shopping companies require their drivers to have their own vehicles. Please check vehicle insurance requirements however as your standard policy will not cover use for deliveries where you receive payment.
What types of Driver jobs are there?
Whilst this article mainly focuses on delivery drivers there are numerous driver roles out there to consider:
- Bus driver
- Train driver
- Ambulance Driver
- Driving Instructor
- HGV Driver
- Valet Parking Driver
- Test Driver
- Taxi Driver
- Delivery Driver
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