Moving renewable wood products from the forest to the market necessitates a significant amount of transportation, primarily by 18-wheel semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. The “driver” of a forest product truck is responsible for the safe and efficient transport of wood products, as well as the machinery used to harvest and manage the forest. The driver operates a heavy truck that is custom-built for a specific heavy-hauling task, such as logs, wood chips, heavy equipment, crushed rock, lumber, hogg fuel, water, soil & rock, or fire equipment.
Because of the constantly changing and unique payloads hauled through a variety of road conditions—from mountainous forests to highways—the forest truck driver is much more than just a highway driver. A forest industry driver has a wide range of loan options and truck types, and each driving assignment necessitates a different set of responsibilities and sᴋɪʟʟs. This truck driver frequently works alone, but frequently coordinates with other workers during the loading and unloading of forest products or machinery. The driver must deliver each unique truckload safely while navigating narrow and winding mountain roads, congested highways, changing weather and surface conditions, and daily changing destinations. Every day brings new driving adventures and challenges.
Each driving assignment necessitates certain ss in operation and safe performance. The operator spends the most of their time inside an enᴄʟᴏsᴇd climate-controlled truck cab, at the automated controls that direct the truck’s movements. However, the driver is also in charge of loading, unloading, and securing the truck’s cargo in a safe and accurate manner. Some loads are over-dimensional, necessitating special arrangements, securement, routes, and precautions. The driver is usually responsible for basic machine maintenance, refueling, diagnostics, and minor repairs.
Due to the demanding load conditions and numerous roadway hazards, all drivers in these highly sought-after jobs receive extensive job-specific safety and driver training. To become a sᴋɪʟʟed commercial driver, you’ll need a lot of training and experience, which you can get by working your way up the ladder in related jobs and driving smaller trucks or vehicles. A Commercial Drivers License is required for most truck driving jobs that haul more than 26,000 pounds gross weight, as well as other requirements such as testing. Some drivers received their training at a truck driver’s school, while others began their careers as entry-level employees learning from more experienced drivers.
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