Moving is a hectic time for most people. From packing boxes, transporting heavy furniture, securing fragile items, and dealing with logistics, it is not surprising that many seek the assistance of professionals.
A moving truck driver acts as that crucial medium between customers and their end destination, relieving some of the stress that the moving process creates. It is also an enjoyable profession for anyone who likes working with their hands, helping others, collaboration, and getting in a great workout while on the clock.
What does a Moving Truck Driver do?
Responsibilities vary depending on the company you are employed with and the nature of the move itself. Keep in mind that items can range from a box of small knick-knacks to a large and bulky couch, so strength on the job, and care while handling items are a must.
Other Responsibilities may include:
- Transporting and securing personal belongings from original location to destination
- Lifting items and loading them into truck for transportation
- Carrying boxes up and down stairs safely
- Being proficient when using tools and moving equipment
- Installing, assembling, dismantling furniture and other household items
- Packing items, including breakables, carefully
- Following itinerary, keeping track of paperwork and managing inventories
- Facilitating communication between team members, customers, and booking agents
- Operating a moving van/box truck and navigating it safely to the set destination
What Qualifications do I need?
As a moving truck driver who is operating locally, you will often drive a box truck. You will not always be required to possess a CDL if the vehicle you are operating has a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds.
However, if your vehicle exceeds 26,000 pounds, or you are operating across state lines on a cross-country move, you will be required to have at least a CDL-B. Be sure to check with your employer about licensing requirements.
Requirements Include but are not Limited to:
- A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
- Being at least 18 or 21 years of age (depending on the state you live in)
- Passing a background check and/or drug test
- Meeting the requirements of company’s insurance agency
- Ability to operate box truck/van
- A high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
It’s not a secret that truck drivers contribute to our nation on a large scale. As a driver, you don’t usually get the chance to directly face the consumers you are helping or see the impact you have on a daily basis.
Driving a moving truck, however, gives you that option. If you’re a driver who also enjoys helping and interacting with others, working for a moving company is a fantastic way to put your talents and interests to use.
Learn more about the jobs that are available driving jobs near you.