How To Become A Local Truck Driver

If you want to be a truck driver and stay close to home, a local trucking job may be the right choice for you. If you are new to the industry or looking to change roles, you may have questions about local trucking jobs such as: What is a local truck driver? What are the local trucking job responsibilities? What are the local trucking job requirements? What are the benefits of local truck driving? What salary does a local truck driver make? How do I become a local truck driver?

Read on to learn everything you need to know about becoming a local truck driver. 

What is a local truck driver?

A local truck driver hauls cargo or goods within a designated geographic area. Local truck drivers typically operate box trucks or instead of large tractor-trailers. 

Local Trucking Job Responsibilities

  • Safely transport goods to and from specific locations.
  • Adhere to company delivery schedules.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of rest periods, driving activities, hours worked, and deliveries completed.
  • Communicate with dispatch regarding any traffic issues or delays.
  • Secure goods properly so they are not damaged during transportation.
  • Assist with the loading and unloading of the goods. Use electric lifts and hand trucks when needed.
  • Collect signatures from customers when each delivery is complete to officially confirm receipt of goods. 
  • Inform management of any parking tickets, damage, accidents, or major maintenance issues. 
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the company truck.
  • Assess the truck to ensure it meets safety standards. 

Local Trucking Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Clean driving record
  • Commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Solid understanding of road safety regulations
  • The ability to utilize GPS and road maps
  • The physical capabilities to operate hand trucks and electric lifts
  • Strong communication skills
  • Timeliness
  • Reliability 
  • Prior trucking experience is a plus
  • HAZMAT endorsement is preferred

Benefits of Local Trucking Jobs

Home Time

Local trucking jobs are attractive to many drivers because they allow for the greatest amount of time at home. Local trucking jobs typically end each day at a specific time, so drivers can expect to be at home every night. For drivers who have families, local trucking jobs are ideal.

Frequent Weekends Off

In addition to being able to come home every night, local truck drivers also get to be home most weekends. Although the exact schedule you work will depend upon the company and what kinds of freight you haul, many local truck drivers get to enjoy weekends off with their friends and family. 


In addition to benefiting from more time at home, local truck drivers get substantial health benefits. Because local drivers spend less time driving than regional or over the road (OTR) drivers, they are less exposed to the safety risks involved in being on the road for extended periods of time. Local truck driving is less isolating than OTR truck driving, and the increased opportunities for socialization can have a positive impact on mental health. Local truck drivers are usually more physically active. Their assignments involve more frequent stops and they are required to assist with the cargo loading and unloading, so there are more opportunities to move throughout the day. 


Local truck drivers typically work on a set hourly schedule. The reliable routine is beneficial because it allows truck drivers to plan activities and manage responsibilities outside of work. Local truck drivers and their families get peace of mind knowing in advance when they need to leave for work and when they will return home. 

Work/Life Balance

The work/life balance is a serious consideration for individuals who choose local trucking. Local trucking jobs provide drivers with the best work/life balance that trucking has to offer. 

Local Trucking Job Salary

According to ZipRecruiter, the nationwide average salary for a local trucking job is $53,767, with the highest earners making $80,500. Many local trucking job listings advertise benefits such as 401K plans, health insurance with vision and dental, sign-on bonuses, and additional incentives. 

Explore Local Trucking Jobs Today!

The best local trucking jobs are found in reputable companies that take care of their drivers and provide exemplary service to their clients. QFS is one of the largest and fastest growing companies with over 60 terminals across the country. Our dedicated team gives our drivers everything they need to succeed. We pride ourselves on being one of the best intermodal trucking companies, and our clients benefit from our global intermodal trucking services. With offices around the country, QFS is always looking for new drivers to join its team. If you are a self-motivated and experienced driver, submit a Quick Form application and begin the driving process today!