How To Become An HGV Driver

A HGV driver is a job in which you drive heavy goods vehicles, trucks or lorries likely delivering a wide range of different items and goods to and from locations across the UK. For example, you could be delivering food from its place of manufacture to a shop or supermarket. There are several different tiers and licenses for HGV drivers that you can read about here. Have questions about working in this industry? Read on, where we’ll cover the how to become an HGV driver and the skills you’ll need to do so.



How to get an HGV licence and requirements

Before working towards an HGV licence, you’ll need a few basics first. This includes;

  • A full car driving licence.
  • Be over the age of 18.
  • A provisional HGV drivers licence.

You can apply for your provisional licence for free via the DVLA. You’ll need to fill out the D2 and D4 sections of the DVLA’s order form. This will allow you to legally drive a truck or lorry for your training in order to get your full licence.

You can then apply for your CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence.) This is the licence you’ll need to use a truck or lorry for work purposes. In order to get this, you’ll need to complete a four part exam. This consists of a theory test, followed by case study work, a driving ability test and finally a practical exam.  You can find out more about the process of getting your HGV licence on the official DVLA page here.


What employers look for in an HGV driver

Alongside the basics mentioned above, employers will also look for several other factors when looking to hire a new heavy goods driver. This includes;

  • Being reliable - your employer wants to see that you can arrive to work on time and always deliver on time. You’ll be transporting goods for a living and ensuring they arrive when you say they will arrive is crucial to continued business.
  • Good with responsibility -  you may be transporting highly valuable goods, so it’s important you can stay responsible, taking all the necessary precautions to ensure your delivery arrives in the exact state it was picked up in.
  • Excellent organisation and time keeping - this one is a no brainer, you’ll need to be able to organise your time to keep deliveries arriving on time and not take on too many at once.
  • Ability to stay calm - transportation can be a very stressful job, driving several hours daily. It’s crucial to be able to stay calm in stressful situations so you don’t lose track of time or your objectives.

If you’re ready to start an HGV driver job, we have a range of HGV class 1 driver jobs available, as well as several options for other classes of truck or lorry on our job search here.


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