Class A Truck Driver Job Description

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Trucking is a career like no other. It allows you to see the world and work with many different people. Being a CDL Class-A Driver offers flexibility, stability, and job security.

Here is a basic description of a CDL Class-A Driver. The responsibilities, skills, and requirements may vary by job and employer, but we’ve outlined key points that hiring carriers commonly look for. 

Class A Truck Driver Responsibilities

  • Be able to drive and successfully operate a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) over 26,000 lbs.

  • Pick up loads, verify for accuracy, and deliver on time

  • Accurately complete paperwork

  • Load and unload various types of cargo safely

  • Drive safely in various conditions, including heavy traffic and inclement weather

  • Inspect vehicle before departure; perform basic truck maintenance when necessary

  • Follow schedule and rest when necessary

  • Be able to read maps and follow directions to a location

Skills Needed to be a Class A Driver

  • Be able to repeatedly lift items weighing up to 80 lbs.

  • Drive for long periods of time safely

  • Self-motivated and reliable

  • Able to read maps and GPS

  • Customer service skills

  • Good knowledge of roads and direction, traffic laws, and DOT regulations

  • Pallet jack experience

Requirements for Being a Class A Truck Driver

  • Valid CDL Class A license

  • Possess a HAZMAT or tanker license (if applicable)

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • At least 21-years-old

  • Clean driving record (requirements, or certain exceptions, may vary)

Is a Job as a CDL Class A Truck Driver Right for Me?

If you enjoy the independence of traveling extensively, a job as a CDL Class A Driver may be perfect for you. It may also be an added bonus if you like operating large vehicles and are looking for a job with a shorter training program.  

If becoming a Class A truck driver seems like a good fit for your future, find a CDL training school near you. If you already have your commercial driver's license you can search for a CDL job near you.


Further Reading

Finding an Entry Level Trucking Job

Differences Between CDL-A, CDL-B, and CDL-C Licenses


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