Delivery drivers use light vans, cars, utilities, motorcycles, scooters or bicycles to pick up and deliver goods, usually over short distances.
Delivery drivers may perform the following tasks:
- drive the vehicle into position for loading or unloading
- assist with loading or unloading to make sure goods are correctly stowed
- check loading documents
- plan the shortest delivery route and drive the vehicle to the destination
- use a two-way radio, or other electronic device, to keep in contact with the depot or base
- complete paperwork and use a handheld scanning device
- arrange unloading and obtain a receipt for goods delivered
- handle cash and give correct change to customers
- provide customer service and advice
- report vehicle maintenance needs
- hand-deliver goods.
Some delivery drivers are employed on a subcontract basis and provide their own vehicles. Motorcycle and bicycle couriers nearly always provide their own transport. Some delivery drivers wear a uniform.
- trustworthy and reliable
- able to gain a thorough knowledge of city and suburban streets
- good communication skills and some mathematical ability
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- safe driving skills.
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