Becoming a truck driver obviously requires driving, but you have to be at least eighteen years old and in possession of a valid driving licence before you can even think about completing the necessary LGV driver training and earning your Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).
Along with operating a vehicle, your duties will also involve supervising the loading and unloading of your truck, ensuring that everything is packed safely, collaborating with your manager to plan your route and making any necessary modifications, and completing paperwork and log books.
You can enrol in GS Driver Training to receive the appropriate training; we also provide truck driver training since we run a truck driving school.
A truck driver needs to be an expert driver, but they also need to be able to concentrate effectively because they will be driving for long stretches of time and have no problem working alone. It’s also imperative that you have extensive knowledge of safe driving techniques and truck loading and unloading procedures.
Because you’ll inevitably have to engage with customers during deliveries, you’ll also need to be able to accurately complete all paperwork and record sheets in addition to having strong people skills.
Some Guidelines About Truck Driver Training
- First things first: you must verify that you are older than eighteen, that your driver’s licence is current, and that your vision is normal.
- Two categories of LGV licences are available: Category C1, which permits the operation of rigid vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes in weight, and Category C, which permits the operation of rigid vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes.
- Furthermore, a test known as Category C+E permits you to operate a vehicle with a caravan.
- Applying early for the training will enable you to apply for jobs as an LGV driver.
Some Important HGV Licences
There are several different types of HGV/LGV trucks in the UK, and depending on the vehicle’s weight and type, a different licence is needed to operate one.
Category C1 licence: With this authorization, you can drive lorries weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.
Category C licence: With this permit, you are able to drive trucks that weigh more than 7.5 tonnes.
Category C+E licence: You can drive articulated lorries—trucks with a tractor unit or rigid vehicle pulling a trailer—if you have this licence.
Truck Types Requirements in Truck Driver Training
Remember that certain HGV vehicle types have additional regulations, such as those that transport livestock or hazardous chemicals. These rules are in place to safeguard drivers, other people, and the environment.
For example, drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods (ADR stands for Accord Dangereux Routier; this is not the same as our company name!) must complete a course on the safe handling of hazardous materials.
Similarly, cattle handling skills need to be taught to drivers of vehicles that transport them.