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What is the most used term in American English from the items below:

  • Driver’s mate

  • Driver’s assistant

I.e., someone who travels with the driver of a large goods vehicle and helps with the loading/unloading and other aspects of making deliveries.

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  • I guess you mean American English? What is a driver's mate/assistant?
    – Em.
    Jun 28, 2016 at 12:49
  • A driver's mate is someone who travels with the driver of a large goods vehicle and helps with the loading/unloading and other aspects of making deliveries. I have no idea what Americans call them.
    – ssav
    Jun 28, 2016 at 13:38
  • I think "driver's assistant", "driver assistant", or maybe "truck driver assistant" sounds much more American; we don't use "mate" as a title much other than for ship's mates. Here's a US job listing for a "Heavy Truck Driver Assistant" showing the use of the term.
    – stangdon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 14:51

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Admittedly, I have never been to Britain, but I get the feeling that what you're talking about must be much more common there than it is here. As far as I know, most American drivers have to do the lifting themselves. Sometimes for large jobs they have additional people with them, who I might just call "helpers," but most delivery drivers I can think of are pretty much on their own.

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