How to become a lorry driver
So you are thinking of becoming a lorry driver? We have had years of experience training people from all walks of life to full-fill their dream of driving for a living but lorry driving isn’t for everyone. Currently Lorry drivers salaries vary from £28,000 to £45,000 per year, this of course depends on the type of vehicle your driving and cargo you might be carrying.
You need to love driving and have a lot of patience when driving lorries and have good anticipation. Once you have trained and passed your test a wide range of job opportunities will be open to you from, delivering materials and goods short distances to driving tankers and livestock and flammable liquids long distance.
Now its time to decide what you want to drive
Category C1 is for smaller trucks and delivery vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes ( maximum authorised mass and a trailer up to 750kg. This is great for vehicles like cargo vans, Lutons and light box trucks.
You will need a CatC1E license if you wish to drive a C1 vehicle with a trailer over 750kg’s ( Note the trailer must never weight more than the vehicle when fully loaded.
The most common class and most popular is the Cat C. This will enable you to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes ( with a trailer up to 750kg ( maximum authorised mass )and will allow you to drive articulated lorries, tippers and tankers.
Category CE is the top license you can achieve as a lorry driver. This will enable you to drive category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg. This will allow you to drive the largest and heaviest vehicles such as oversized vehicles and heavy equipment handling.
To become a lorry, bus or coach driver you need to:
- have a full car licence
- be over 18 – but there are some exceptions
- get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
The time it takes to complete your training depends on which category you have applied for.
A good lorry driver should have the following qualities. Some of these qualities will of course strengthen during training like confidence.
- Responsible while driving
- Confident about driving safely.
- Have good concentration levels
- Good anticipation and awareness of what could happen around them
Alongside driving you may also be responsible for other related tasks such as:
- Planning delivery schedules
- Supervising loading / unloading of goods
- Securing Loads
- Completing log books and delivery notes
- Carrying out maintenance of your vehicle eg: oil, tyre inspection, brake checks before and after your journey.
HGV & LGV Drivers CPC training
All lorry drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC card to drive professionally. For new drivers read more here.
New LGV / HGV Category C Drivers
Are required to take the Modules 2 and 4 as part of the licence acquisition process.
Driver Training Centre can now offer Module 4 Practical Demonstration Tests in-house at our Hastings Training Centre.
Training and Testing is available all on the same day, so there is now NO waiting for test dates as we can arrange to suit your requirements!
Our comprehensive ‘Training Packages’ includes online theory test training for Module 2 Case Studies, you will be given a ‘user name’ and ‘password’ to enable you to login to our website and practice and prepare for the theory test that can be booked at a DVSA centre closest to your home address, we will then arrange the practical test at our Centre.
Existing Driver CPC
All professional drivers will need to complete 35 hours of training during a 5 year cycle; this training is known as periodic training and is continual professional development. You must complete Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus or coach