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Truck Driver
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.09

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     challenging words:    automotive, chauffeur, driver-training, logbook, tractor-trailer, vans, capacity, enforcement, long-distance, education, operate, skilled, livestock, mechanics, boredom, commercial
     content words:    Gross Vehicle Weight


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Truck Driver
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     Do you like to drive? Would you like to deliver cars from one coast to another? Do you think it would be fun to go on long trips? Would you like to help deliver all kinds of things from groceries to milk to explosives? Companies depend on trucks to pick up and deliver goods. No other kind of transportation can deliver goods door-to-door. There is always a need for skilled truck drivers.
 
2     Local truck drivers often provide daily service on their route or in their area. Other drivers make longer deliveries. They may go from one city to another. They may go from one state to another. There are all kinds of routes.
 
3     Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers drive trucks or vans with a capacity of at least 26,00 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). They transport goods including cars, livestock, and other things in liquid, loose, or packaged form. Many of these drivers drive for long distances. Some companies use two drivers for very long runs. One driver sleeps while the other one drives. These are called "sleeper" runs. Trucks on sleeper runs stop only for fuel, food, loading, and unloading.
 
4     Light truck drivers operate vans and trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds GVW. They pick up or deliver goods and packages in a specific area. These drivers usually load or unload goods at businesses.
 
5     Both kinds of truck drivers must keep careful records. The U. S. Department of Transportation requires that drivers keep a log of their activities, the condition of the truck, and the details of any accidents. They may also have to keep receipts, payments, and delivery records.

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