Training as a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) can lead to a great career in transportation which will take you all over the UKand abroad. Before embarking on a career as a truck driver, you will need to attend truck school and complete an HGV Course. If you already have a licence to drive a car, you should be able to successfully complete an HGV Course in 5 days.
HGV Courses are held at registered centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are designed to prepare you for the rigours of the road and to enable you to cope competently with the rising volume of traffic on modern roads and motorways. Some things you will learn during the HGV Course are how to reverse large vehicles, how to approach roundabouts and the importance of a duty of care to other road users. Driving a HGV is not the same as driving a car. A lorry is much bigger and heavier than a car and you will need to be more aware of road conditions and space around the vehicle. All of this will be taught on the HGV Course.
HGV Courses are expensive, but you should consider it as an investment for your future. There is sometimes funding available from local enterprise companies which will assist with the costs, and you will need to research what public money is available for HGV Training at the outset. If you have passed aHGV Driver Course, there are many opportunities waiting for you, and some companies who deliver HGV Courses will also help out with finding your first job.
There are three categories licence for lorry driving – C1, C and E. It will depend on which type of vehicle you would like to drive as to which HGV Course you attend. Category C is for rigid lorries which are bigger than 7.5 tons and less than 18 tons. Licenses in categories C+E are for articulated lorries, and also for a rigid lorry with a trailer. If you passed your test to drive a car prior to January 1997, you can drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tons. The categories are entered on your licence for driving a car once you have passed the HGV Course.
Having successfully completed your HGV Course you will open up many employment opportunities and increase your earnings potential. HGV Training enables you to drive as a professional lorry driver both in the UK and abroad. Your HGV Course will include information about European Union regulations, tachographs and the number of driving hours you are allowed to undertake within a 24 hour period. This is very useful if your aim is to drive in any of the countries within the European Union. If you wish to be self employed, you can contract your services to large companies or become an employee. Successful completion of your HGV Course will also enable you to purchase your own trucking company. There are many options for lorry drivers who have passed the HGV Course and earnings will increase as you gain experience.