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What Is a Solo Truck Driver and How to Become One

What Does a Solo Truck Driver Do?

A solo truck driver is responsible for the transport of freight. In this trucking job, your duties include hauling a load for a client or employer and making delivery on time without the aid of another driver. Your responsibilities may include ensuring the proper maintenance of your vehicle and planning the most expedient route for your trip based on directions, weather, and road conditions. You may also need to communicate with dispatch to arrange load pickup and dropoff. You may also oversee or participate in loading and unloading the truck.

How Can I Become a Solo Truck Driver?

A solo truck driver needs a CDL license to operate a commercial vehicle. License qualifications depend on the type of load that you drive. For a van or truck with a gross weight of 13 tons or less, a class A CDL is sufficient. Heavier vehicles require a class B license, and you will need a class C CDL to transport hazardous materials. Employers often prefer previous trucking or logistics experience for solo driver applicants or solo driver contractors. You may attend a trucking course that lasts between three and six months to qualify for an entry-level position.

What Is the Difference Between a Solo Truck Driver and a Team Driver?

A solo driver completes a trip alone, while a team driver will finish the journey with the help of at least one other driver. The goal of team drivers is to keep the truck in motion at all times so that they can arrive at the destination with their load as quickly as possible. A solo driver may have to stop to rest during their trip, but they do not have to split the proceeds from their route with anyone else.