Transport, Supply Chain

Light Truck Driver


A Light Truck Driver operates smaller trucks to transport goods over shorter distances. They may deliver packages or goods to retail locations, or provide services such as landscaping or plumbing. They must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

The main responsibilities of a Light Truck Driver include driving the truck to and from the destination, loading and unloading cargo, keeping the vehicle clean and well-maintained, following traffic laws and safety regulations, and maintaining accurate records of deliveries and pick-ups. They may also be responsible for planning routes, communicating with customers or dispatchers, and reporting any problems or accidents.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Loading and unloading goods and materials from the vehicle Activity level
    Planning and following the most efficient ans safe route Punctuality and attention to detail
    Operating the vehicle safely Punctuality and attention to detail
    Inspecting and maintaining the vehicle Punctuality and attention to detail
    Delivering goods and materials to customers and obtaining signatures and collecting payments as required Punctuality and attention to detail Integrity
    Keeping accurate records of driving and delivery activities, including logs of hours worked, miles driven, and fuel consumed Integrity
    Adhering to all company policies and procedures, including those related to safety and vehicle maintenance Compliance
    Handling customer complaints or concerns Emotional stability Politeness
    Providing basic customer service, and working with dispatchers or supervisors to coordinate schedules deliveries and report problems Teamplayer Helping Others Compliance

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Can they deal in a polite manner?
    Are they trustworthy?
    Punctuality and attention to detail90.79
    Do they have a desirable work ethic?
    Emotional stability50.78
    Can they remain calm in difficult situations?
    Activity level70.72
    Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Risk avoidance50.76
    Will they follow health and safety procedures?
    Do they respect rules and authority?
    Teamplayer Helping Others60.75
    Do they like helping others?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Median wage: 

    $38,280 / per year

    $18 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $38,280. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $24,380, whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $65,500.

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2021): 1109.7

    Number (in thousands in 2031): 1220.4

    Employment percent change: 10

    Entry Education level:

    To become a Light Truck Driver, one typically needs a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for the type of truck being driven. Some employers may prefer candidates with experience driving light trucks, although on-the-job training may be provided. Light Truck Drivers must have excellent driving skills and be able to safely operate the truck in a variety of weather and road conditions. They must also have strong time-management and organizational skills to ensure that deliveries are made on time. Finally, Light Truck Drivers must be able to work independently and communicate effectively with customers and dispatchers.

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Light Truck Driver Traitforward questionnaire