Profession cargo vehicle driver

Cargo vehicle drivers operate vehicles such as trucks and vans. They may also take care of the loading and unloading of cargo.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Effective perception of transport environment

    Know the local transport topography, including roads, traffic hotspots, and alternative routes to reach a destination. Use knowledge to transport the vehicle to its destination in the most time and fuel efficient manner, and minimising safety risks.

  • Mechanical components of vehicles

    Know the mechanical components used in vehicles and identify and resolve potential malfunctions.

  • Road transport legislation

    Know road transport regulations at regional, national, and European level in matters of safety and environmental requirements.

  • Types of cargo

    Distinguish different types of cargo e.g. bulk cargo, liquid bulk cargo and heavy materials.

  • Road traffic laws

    Understand road traffic laws and the rules of the road.

  • Vehicle cargo capacity

    The capacity and the limits of the commissioned vehicle in terms of weight, type of cargo it can handle, and other cargo loading specifications.

Skills

  • Supervise loading of cargo

    Supervise the process of loading equipment, cargo, goods and other Items. Ensure that all cargo is handled and stored properly in accordance with regulations and standards.

  • Operate GPS systems

    Use GPS Systems.

  • Supervise unloading of cargo

    Supervise unloading processes for equipment, cargo, goods and other items. Ensure that everything is handled and stored correctly in accordance with regulations and standards.

  • Control the performance of the vehicle

    Understand and anticipate the performance and behaviour of a vehicle. Comprehend concepts such as lateral stability, acceleration, and braking distance.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Anticipate foreseeable problems on the road

    Anticipate problems on the road such as punctures, pursuit driving, understeering or, oversteering.

  • Parallel park vehicles

    Parallel park motorised vehicles in a variety of spaces.

  • Interpret traffic signals

    Observe lights on the road, road conditions, nearby traffic, and prescribed speed limits to ensure safety. Interpret traffic signals and act accordingly.

  • Maintain concentration for long periods

    Stay concentrated over a long period of time in order to make correct judgements and appropriate decisions.

  • Stay alert

    Stay focused and alert at all times; react quickly in the case of unexpected events. Concentrate and do not get distracted performing a task over a long period of time.

  • Practice emergency stops

    Practice emergency stops. Know the interchange with anti-lock braking systems (ABS), as this must to be disabled before the execution of an emergency stop.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • Use communication devices

    Operate communication devices in order to interact with customers, colleagues, and others.

Optional knowledge and skills

manoeuvre heavy trucks