Truck drivers determine the best route for deliveries by having a complete understanding of the area's street grid and keeping updated on what roads allow trucks and what roads do not, notes the United States Department of Labor. Truckers can use mobile apps such as SmartTruckRoute by TeleType Company to assist them with planning their delivery routes.
Delivery truck drives pick up, transport and drop off packages within a local area. They typically drive trucks that have a maximum 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight. Most delivery truck drivers transport items from distribution centers. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are long-haul truck drivers who are in charge of transporting goods between cities and states. They typically drive larger trucks than the local truck drivers.
Most truck drivers are in charge of planning their own routes. Some may have a set schedule every day while others can have a different route each day. It is the responsibility of the drivers to determine the best route to get them to the delivery location by the required time. They need to be able to observe their surroundings while driving a truck and remain composed when dealing with traffic congestion. Drivers should have an understanding of the area's traffic patterns so they can avoid roads that have heavy traffic during certain parts of the day.