Commercial trucks come in all shapes
and sizes, they’re used by a wide variety
of industries to transport materials and
A common commercial truck is a truck
tractor. It’s a powerful vehicle used for
towing trailers and machinery.
This is probably one the most common types
of vehicles for truck driving jobs because it can
transport many different types of materials.
Similar to the truck tractor is the
Unlike the truck tractor, the bed is
attached and it doesn’t have a top or
These are the trucks you often see
hauling lumber, but they can also be
used for carrying pallets and various
types of piping among other types of
A different type of commercial
truck is a tow truck.
You might be familiar with these if
you’ve ever had car trouble and
needed to be towed home.
Some tow trucks are even large
enough to tow truck tractors and
Tank trucks can be used to haul
anything liquid. It’s used by industries
• Gas and Oil
• Food and Beverage
They can also be used to clean septic
tanks and haul concrete as well.
Tank trucks come in a variety of
sizes and can be fairly small or
carry up to three trailers.
Box or Straight Truck
Box and straight trucks are similar and
the titles can usually be used
Like a flatbed truck, the trailer is
attached to the truck and it’s usually
enclosed on all sides.
Truck driving jobs also predominantly
feature these types of trucks because
they can carry a wide range of freight.
Technically, all of these trucks are considered
A motor truck is the term that describes
commercial trucks that are used to carry and
haul every type of freight imaginable.
Even personal trucks can be considered
motor trucks if they’re used by a business for
transporting goods and materials.
What Type of Truck
Do You Need?
If you’re looking for a truck driving
job, it’s important to be able to
drive at least a few of these trucks.
Most trucking companies need drivers that
know how to drive box and straight trucks as
well as flatbed and truck tractors.
However, the other types of commercial
trucks are also useful to know how to drive.
The question is “which truck is right for you?”
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Are you looking to start a career as a truck driver? Check out these commonly
used commercial trucks and see which is the right one for you.