The pandemic has drawn unusual
attention to many key worker roles, including that of the HGV driver. In spite
of the health crisis, our drivers have continued to keep the population
supplied with food by continuing to transport it across the country, from
suppliers and warehouses to supermarkets. Of course, we are all aware of HGVs,
some of the biggest vehicles on our roads, driven by some of the most skilled
and experienced drivers. However, there’s probably a lot about the skilled job
of driving an HGV that you don’t know. For example, did you know the following
There’s a surprising
amount of paperwork. Drivers have to log detailed information about their trips
Drivers have to inspect
their vehicle to make sure it complies with national safety regulations and all
If a driver notices a
maintenance issue, it is his or her responsibility to make sure it gets put
HGV drivers aren’t allowed
to drive for more than 56 hours per week…
5. ...And they have to rest for 45
minutes for every 4.5 hours of driving.
6. In order to qualify for an HGV licence, you need to
be over 18 years of age and have a full car licence.
need to get a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), which is a
professional driving qualification requiring you to pass four tests before you
can drive an HGV. The four parts of the test are theory, case studies, driving
ability and practical.
Once you\'ve passed the CPC, you\'ll get a CPC card which you must carry with you when you are driving. You need to take another 35 hours of training every five years to retain your CPC.
7. With additional training, you
can get an Advisory Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)
Certificate, which means you can move hazardous
materials and drive a tanker.
management for an HGV driver is almost as important as driving skills. Poor
weather, busy roads, a tight schedule and challenging manoeuvres can all
combine to create a stressful situation. As an HGV driver, it’s important that
the stress doesn’t negatively impact driving performance and overall mental
Even for an experienced
driver, it can be very hard to judge where the back of your very long vehicle
is, when it’s many metres behind you. This is why you often see other HGV
drivers signalling to each other when it’s safe to pull back in after
Despite all the wide-angle
mirrors to help you, being seated ten feet above road level makes it very hard
to see what’s right in front of you. But being so much higher than everyone
else means you look further ahead, anticipating what is going to happen and
reacting much sooner than an average car driver.
To find out more about driving one of our high
spec Mercedes Actros trucks, go to https://jobs.boughey.co.uk/jobs/driver-jobs/.
Newly qualified drivers are welcome and in-house training is provided.