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How To Become A Specialized Truck Driver
The world of trucking industry is highly profitable and that includes being a professional truck driver. Most long haul drivers has an average of 100,000 miles a year, having around 500 miles a day. From an annual salary of $40,000 for the rookies, this can go higher depending on the level of experience or specialization of the driver. The different specializations include:
1. Local Drivers
Also considered as Pick-up and Delivery (P&D), they usually operate lighter trucks working in a specified route to do P&D operations. In addition to driving skills, local drivers will need to have the skills in sales because they exposed in dealing with customers by making many stops each day.
2. Long-Haul Drivers
Also known as Over the Road, these type of drivers operate heavier trucks either within one state or between states. Drivers must be willing to work in teams because the travel period varies from an overnight drive up to weeks at time.
3. Specialized Drivers
A combination of both local and long-haul drivers, Specialized Drivers cover both short and long-haul routes. Specialization in handing oversized and sensitive loads is a requirement which can be attained through extra training.
Depending on the qualifications the employer is looking for, there are basic requirements to licensing procedure in order to become a truck driver. Here are some of the basic things a drive should have:
1. Age requirement, most states require for a person to be 21 years old and above
2. Clean driving record, such as no DUI or felonies, no more than 7 points on license, etc.
3. Level of education, some companies require a diploma or GED
4. Attend trucking school, in order to have an extensive knowledge about the laws and regulations concerning truck driving
5. Be able to lift a specified amount of weight, a driver must be physically fit in order to handle any circumstance along the road
Specialized Driving Requirements
In order to advance in the truck driving industry, the path in becoming a specialized truck driver is the way to go. All drivers should have a good driving history as well as good customer service history. After gaining years of experience in local and long-haul driving, here are some requirements to become specialized:
1. Obtain DOD, hazmat and tank clearance
2. Flatbed or heavy haul trucking experience for at least 24 months
3. Pass the Federal DOT physical and drug screen
4. Meet the FMCSA 391 guidelines for safety clearance application
5. 2 years experience in OTR Class A trailer with an ICC carrier in the past 5 years
Specialized drivers may have to take additional training depending on their type of load. For drivers who are delivering sensitive medical equipment, they must be trained in handling dangerous goods. They must be able to manipulate heavy medical equipment with over 50 pounds and be able knowledgeable about the content of their load. They must also be able to handle delicate electrical equipment, for example, specialized foot massage machines (see beyondtalk.net for the best foot massagers compared). Specialized drivers need to be prepared handling sensitive equipment in a safe manner and be ready on what to do should emergency arise. An additional test for CDL is required in order to become a specialized driver.