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A career guide to becoming an HGV Driver 

Published: Friday 21st August 2020

HGV driver jobs are in high demand across a number of different industries at the moment, and with many more people shopping online and logistics and retail companies trying to keep up with demand, there are a lot of opportunities in this field. There are a growing number of haulage driver vacancies in the UK. So, if you are interested in becoming an HGV driver, then check out this career guide which can help you take your first steps along the road. 

What qualifications do I need to be an HGV Driver 

HGV driver jobs require to hold an LGV driving licence. Depending on what type of vehicle you are driving, you will need to have certain categories of licence while driving a bus will require a PCV licence. To drive heavy goods vehicles under 7.5 tonnes, you will need to have Category C1 on your HGV licence while a Category C is required to drive vehicle above 7.5 tonnes. You will need Category C+E in order to drive vehicles with trailers, such as large rigs which transport trailers or containers. You must be 18 years old to work as an HGV driver and many employers will require you to have GCSEs in English and Maths. 

HGV driver standing outside with his vehicle behind with folded arms

What other qualities do you need to be an HGV Driver 

Working as an HGV driver can sometimes involve strenuous working, such as lifting heavy loads, so a good degree of physical fitness is helpful. You may also need some basic mechanical knowledge in order to fix any minor problems with may arise w it your vehicle. You will need to be able to take simple instructions and understand directions, read maps, operate sat-nav and pay attention to traffic updates. HGV drivers also need to be able to communicate with others, such as supervisors, other drivers and clients. Being a good timekeeper and careful driver are also useful. 

Main duties 

HGV drivers are expected to drive large vehicles and transport loads, often across long distances. You will need to make sure that loads are safely secured before you start your journey and ensure they arrive safely at their destinations. HGV drivers may also be involved in planning delivery schedules and co-ordinating journeys with other members of their team. You will also be expected to complete and file relevant paperwork and fill out log books.

portrait of man and woman HGV Drivers holding clipboard next to truck

Where to find HGV Driving Jobs near me? 

Logistics or retail companies will often advertise haulage driver vacancies. If you live close to an industrial estate, docks or logistics hub, there may be a number of HGV driving jobs available in your area. However, bear in mind that working as a driver involves a lot of travelling, so you may find more opportunities further afield. 

How much do HGV Drivers earn? 

The starting salary for an HGV driver is normally £18,500 with some drivers able to earn up to £35,000 a year with experience. There are also a number of opportunities for career progression. You can explore other careers in logistics, such as supervisor or planner or you can move into management as well.

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