With a small amount of training and practical knowledge most people can drive a car, but it takes a special kind of person to drive an HGV. You are not a glorified taxi driver for goods – absolutely not. HGV driving can be mentally & physically demanding and tense at times, it’s also a lot more then just driving a truck.
With the current amount of traffic on our roads today, the modern day HGV driver needs many attributes:
- Mental Wellbeing
- Ability to Work Independently
- Technically Literate
- Customer Service Skills
- Spatially Aware
- Good Time Management
So, what drives a modern day HGV driver to: get up at unsocial hours, be alone for most of the day, deal with the stress and anxiety of being on the open road of today?
Is it the personal freedom that is an attraction to HGV drivers? Knowing they are in full control of their own driving and vehicle, in control of the job at hand; or Is it the challenge of navigating a HGV through busy traffic, narrow streets, towns and cities without causing chaos?
Maybe it is the responsibility of delivering/ transporting goods between supplier and customer in a safe and timely manner, but whatever “floats their boat” HGV driving is not for everyone. It could be a mix of everything that makes HGV driving an exciting and challenging career.
A life on the road can be quite an unhealthy lifestyle in numerous ways. Spending the majority of your day in a sitting position can be detrimental to a driver’s health, leading to neck and spine issues. Food options are also not the healthiest with either the breakfast/burger van the only port of call on many trunk and A roads serving up the usual calorie busting breakfast roll. Things are changing for the right reasons but it is still a limited choice for those driving every day.
Most people find driving tiring, be it going on holiday or visiting people – but travelling long distances 5 days per week can cause fatigue. Fortunately there is plenty of legislation and regulations which dictate how much time a driver spends behind the wheel driving – giving those much deserved breaks. These include how much daily and weekly rest a driver must take as a minimum each week to help ensure he remains alert and safe to other road users. Driving an HGV is physically and mentally challenging – so getting it done safely has always been a priority.
If you have decided to have a career in HGV driving, where do you start?
- You need to be a minimum of 18 years old (many still think this is 21)
- Hold a full valid DVLA driving licence
- Pass the relevant Cat C/C+E theory and practical test
- Complete 35 hours of training /modules for your DQC (Driver Qualification Card)
- Apply to DVLA for your Driver Card
In general must companies require at least 1 years driving experience on your chosen class of vehicle, but there are increasing more companies taking on new passes, due to the ever decreasing availability of experienced drivers. HGV driving is an extremely rewarding career with plenty of job choice, varied in type of work and it is a sector that never seems to slow. That gives you fantastic rates of pay and stable career.
Considering working as a Driver? Contact us on 01172140052 and speak to me – Sean Pullin.
Lets have a conversation about how you can get started.
Experienced driver and fancy a new role? I would love the opportunity to discuss various opportunities we are recruiting for to find you the perfect job. Contact me on 01172140052 and lets have a conversation about the market.
Blog by Sean Pullin, Driving Divisional Manager