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

  • 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.

  • Mechanical components of vehicles

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

  • 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.

  • Road transport legislation

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • Maintain concentration for long periods

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

  • 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.

  • Parallel park vehicles

    Parallel park motorised vehicles in a variety of spaces.

  • 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.

  • Anticipate foreseeable problems on the road

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

  • 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.

  • Operate GPS systems

    Use GPS Systems.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use communication devices

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

manoeuvre heavy trucks

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