There’s a lot to learn about driving a heavy goods vehicle (HGV): are you ready for the challenge?
Learning to drive HGVs checklist
To learn to drive an HGV, you must:
- be 18 years old
- hold a full car licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland
- apply for the correct provisional entitlements on your licence
- provide a medical report showing you’re fit to drive an HGV
- make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured
- display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you’re driving (L or D plates in Wales)
- be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held (and still holds) a full driving licence for the category of vehicle being driven for at least 3 years.
The time the training takes depends on which category of licence you’re applying for, but many trainers offer intensive five-day courses for HGV licences.
Learning to be a safe and confident HGV driver
Good driving is not just about learning the rules of the road: your skill and attitude as a driver are vital too, and you’ll keep learning and developing these over the years.
As a professional driver, you should set an example to other road users by showing the right attitude to your driving and a good knowledge of safe, modern driving techniques.
A good driver:
- is responsible
- shows excellent concentration
- anticipates what could happen
- is patient and considerate with other road users
- is confident, but not over confident
- learns from their experiences to keep improving
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Remember to become a fully qualified driver you must pass every part of the Driver CPC.