Van driving jobs are popular for a number of reasons. The qualification process is easy. Positions are available for full and part-time workers. Salaries are typically based on an established hourly rate. Additionally, drivers often have regular work hours. This makes it easy for drivers to accurately know how much money they will earn which enables them to easily establish their household budget. These jobs are perfect for drivers who desire to be home each night.
Van driving jobs such as the old milk and other delivery trucks of past generations to the current breed of delivery trucks today are a mainstay in our society. Therefore, van driving jobs will always be available for good conscientious drivers. Van driving jobs are available in a variety of companies. They range from delivering products to performing specific services for clients.
The job description of a van driver can include loading and unloading mail, packages, products, equipment and passengers and delivering them to the appropriate location. Van drivers are also employed by companies offering special services such as telephone installation and cable wiring. These drivers may be required to gain additional skills in these areas.
Drivers would also be responsible for the completion of a vehicle maintenance log and notifying the appropriate party of any necessary vehicle maintenance which should be done. Drivers would need to have knowledge of the delivery area and be able to operate the vehicle in a safe, professional manner. Additional duties may also be assigned as needed.
The medical and hospital industry hires van drivers often referred to as patient transporters to transport their patients from their homes or other designated pick-up point to their medical appointments. They may also transport medical supplies in vans. They may also transport lab specimens and other items to the appropriate testing areas. Patient transporters are in high demand due to the large number of elderly individuals, aging baby boomers and injured war veterans which require medical care. Patient transporters are generally hired to provide non-emergency transport for patients.
Patient transporters typically receive on-the-job training. The training will cover safe lifting techniques and how to operate various transport devices such as wheelchairs and stretchers. These drivers will need to have good customer service skills as they will often have to deal with disabled, elderly, weak, handicapped or other difficult patients. These drivers should be capable of closely following both written and verbal instructions. They should also possess good manual dexterity and physical fitness.
Courier jobs are available at institutions of all sizes. Duties may include delivering and picking up mail throughout the area. They may be required to operate mail processing equipment and also sort outgoing mail. They may handle internal correspondence and documents from banks, federal government or private institutions. Law firms also frequently hire couriers to deliver urgent documents to other parties.
Van drivers are hired as delivery drivers to make deliveries to factories, restaurants and stores. These drivers typically carry smaller products or smaller amounts of products that can fit in a van as opposed to a truck. This can include a wide range of goods to include food products such as bakery goods, snacks, juice, produce and other items. These drivers often load and unload their own freight. Many products may be delivered on a daily basis to some customers. We often see these drivers delivering products to supermarkets, general stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and other locations.
Each company has a specific method of assigning drivers to vans. For instance, there are times when specific vans are assigned to a specific person. Say for instance you are working as a chauffeur in a particular business firm and you already have a regular job there. There are certain companies which will assign you a specific van. The primary benefit of being assigned a specific van is that you will be the only driver for this van. You will also be responsible for making sure it is well maintained. You will be in charge of this car as long as you are employed as a van driver in the company.
On the other hand, there are times when van drivers are not assigned any specific vehicle and are free to use any of the vans available according to the needs of the job they will be performing. For instance you are working as a van driver for a delivery company. You may need to drive different types of vans to accommodate the specific load to be delivered.
Vans can be modified with headache racks or other types of equipment as needed depending upon the cargo. Headache racks are truck mounted racks made of steel or aluminum which are used to hang items like tire chains. Headache racks prevent cargo from crashing through the back window of pickup trucks. These racks can be mounted in vans, pickup trucks or semi trucks. Headache racks can also be called back racks or cab protectors because that is what they are designed to do.
Generally speaking, van drivers should possess a valid driver license and have a clean driving record. You can obtain a copy of your driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state. Some companies may require you to pass a criminal background check and possibly even a drug test. It may also be a plus for you to take an inexpensive defensive driving course and submit this with your application. This demonstrates that you have the initiative and desire to be a superb driver. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) may be needed if you drive across state lines. Good jobs are always available for those that want to drive vans and have the credentials to do so.