First step to becoming a HGV driver

First step to becoming a HGV driver

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C350

296 posts

8 months

Thursday 18th April
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Thats just a straight line! laugh
Add some corners too biggrin

GC8

18,356 posts

134 months

Thursday 18th April
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iOS issue aside, it’s only 1.5” clear of each mirror!

I wouldn’t like to drive an articulated milk tank though. No thanks.

C350

296 posts

8 months

Friday 19th April
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They are very impressive for manoeuvring tbh, with turntable rear steering axle they near enough follow the cab and hardly cut corners at all. It sounds backwards but it’s often easier to get an artic in to a farm than a rigid.
They’ve got wagon and drag tankers for really really tight access, drop the trailer in a lay-by and transship into it. Reload the wagon, go back for the trailer and back to the dairy.
So much more interesting than sitting on motorways dragging 26 pallets behind you, and nothing to strap laugh

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Wednesday 10th July
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Just had my medical 2 weeks ago, and sent my licence away to obtain provisional for C+E. Did a couple mock tests already and started to learn, as soon as I feel ready I will book a theory test. Let the journey begin...

C350

296 posts

8 months

Wednesday 10th July
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I’d look at getting a couple booked now, there is usually a week or so wait for free slots. I did my first two on the same morning to get them out of the way, I would have booked all three but there were not slots available.
With all of the waits for getting stuff back in the post and theory booking it took me about 2 months to do everything, and that was doing things as soon as I could. So try to book things soon as possible to avoid dragging it out

milkround

454 posts

23 months

Wednesday 10th July
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exelero said:
Just had my medical 2 weeks ago, and sent my licence away to obtain provisional for C+E. Did a couple mock tests already and started to learn, as soon as I feel ready I will book a theory test. Let the journey begin...
If you want to crack on look for tests at different centres and check regularly for cancellations.

Good luck with it. Today I xanr say I enjoy the job. I've say for 4 hours sweating with no access to a drink or the toilet whilst they get paperwork sorted! The trailer is loaded. But its not a terrible job compared to some I suppose. Its great to have in your pocket as a back up plan as well.


exelero

848 posts

33 months

Wednesday 10th July
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milkround said:
exelero said:
Just had my medical 2 weeks ago, and sent my licence away to obtain provisional for C+E. Did a couple mock tests already and started to learn, as soon as I feel ready I will book a theory test. Let the journey begin...
If you want to crack on look for tests at different centres and check regularly for cancellations.

Good luck with it. Today I xanr say I enjoy the job. I've say for 4 hours sweating with no access to a drink or the toilet whilst they get paperwork sorted! The trailer is loaded. But its not a terrible job compared to some I suppose. Its great to have in your pocket as a back up plan as well.
I'm in no rush at all, at the minute I have a good job, with decent pay, but it's a factory and I wanted to drive lorries since I was a kid pretty much. I was stupid to not do my licence when I was 18 frown. Now 2 years in my current job I just got bored of it, although it pays pretty well, that's the only good thing about it biggrin

milkround

454 posts

23 months

Thursday 11th July
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exelero said:
milkround said:
exelero said:
Just had my medical 2 weeks ago, and sent my licence away to obtain provisional for C+E. Did a couple mock tests already and started to learn, as soon as I feel ready I will book a theory test. Let the journey begin...
If you want to crack on look for tests at different centres and check regularly for cancellations.

Good luck with it. Today I xanr say I enjoy the job. I've say for 4 hours sweating with no access to a drink or the toilet whilst they get paperwork sorted! The trailer is loaded. But its not a terrible job compared to some I suppose. Its great to have in your pocket as a back up plan as well.
I'm in no rush at all, at the minute I have a good job, with decent pay, but it's a factory and I wanted to drive lorries since I was a kid pretty much. I was stupid to not do my licence when I was 18 frown. Now 2 years in my current job I just got bored of it, although it pays pretty well, that's the only good thing about it biggrin
Getting the licence sooner rather than later will cause you few problems but many positives.

Many firms require a certain time having held the licence for 'insurance purposes' before they will let you work for them. My current gig is easyish (some horrible yards with painful blindsides) but they require 2 years or it's a no no. So simply getting it sooner can open up doors more quickly for you.

If you are 20 then don't rush. Again unfailrly many firms insist on you being 21/25. This doesn't generally apply to the biggest firms like supermarkets etc... But is something to bear in mind. Driving an artic is like riding a bike. Pretty easy when you can. If you develop the skills now you will have them for life.*

  • You won't develop the skills to pass the test. 6/12 months of doing it should set you up for life.

C350

296 posts

8 months

Thursday 11th July
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I went from working in a warehouse on decent money to artic driving collecting milk from farms, instant 8k payrise! Wish I’d done it years ago

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Thursday 11th July
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C350 said:
I went from working in a warehouse on decent money to artic driving collecting milk from farms, instant 8k payrise! Wish I’d done it years ago
My problem is that I would probably earn the same money or even less, but I just want to drive. I just feel like I’m surrounded by idiots where I am at the minute

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Thursday 11th July
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milkround said:
exelero said:
milkround said:
exelero said:
Just had my medical 2 weeks ago, and sent my licence away to obtain provisional for C+E. Did a couple mock tests already and started to learn, as soon as I feel ready I will book a theory test. Let the journey begin...
If you want to crack on look for tests at different centres and check regularly for cancellations.

Good luck with it. Today I xanr say I enjoy the job. I've say for 4 hours sweating with no access to a drink or the toilet whilst they get paperwork sorted! The trailer is loaded. But its not a terrible job compared to some I suppose. Its great to have in your pocket as a back up plan as well.
I'm in no rush at all, at the minute I have a good job, with decent pay, but it's a factory and I wanted to drive lorries since I was a kid pretty much. I was stupid to not do my licence when I was 18 frown. Now 2 years in my current job I just got bored of it, although it pays pretty well, that's the only good thing about it biggrin
Getting the licence sooner rather than later will cause you few problems but many positives.

Many firms require a certain time having held the licence for 'insurance purposes' before they will let you work for them. My current gig is easyish (some horrible yards with painful blindsides) but they require 2 years or it's a no no. So simply getting it sooner can open up doors more quickly for you.

If you are 20 then don't rush. Again unfailrly many firms insist on you being 21/25. This doesn't generally apply to the biggest firms like supermarkets etc... But is something to bear in mind. Driving an artic is like riding a bike. Pretty easy when you can. If you develop the skills now you will have them for life.*

  • You won't develop the skills to pass the test. 6/12 months of doing it should set you up for life.
I’m 26 now and I know they don’t really hire people under 25 or 2 years expensive experience. The thing is even if I had my licence for 2 years but my digicard is empty it still counts as a newbie doesn’t it ? I was thinking getting the class 2 first and then because I work 4on4 off I could get the odd day somewhere to get some experience of course. The problem is that my contract doesn’t allow me to work for anyone else and that’s including myself. So I will probably set up my own LTD and that way HR won’t see that I work for anyone else. Hopefully they won’t and than they won’t get rid of me, or if they will, well I want out anywaybiggrin

milkround

454 posts

23 months

Thursday 11th July
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exelero said:
I’m 26 now and I know they don’t really hire people under 25 or 2 years expensive experience. The thing is even if I had my licence for 2 years but my digicard is empty it still counts as a newbie doesn’t it ? I was thinking getting the class 2 first and then because I work 4on4 off I could get the odd day somewhere to get some experience of course. The problem is that my contract doesn’t allow me to work for anyone else and that’s including myself. So I will probably set up my own LTD and that way HR won’t see that I work for anyone else. Hopefully they won’t and than they won’t get rid of me, or if they will, well I want out anywaybiggrin
I'm sitting waiting ar boots at the moment. Being paid to listen to lbc and respond to this. So there are some pros.

If I lose my card and get a new one does that mean I have no experience? When scanning cars they will just want to check you are legal.

That being said quite a lot of places will ask for an assessment. And I'm not sure youd fair to well if tossed some keys after 2 years of no experience. To park at boots in the lorry park (they leave you here and give you a bleeper). I bad to blindside in. It wouldn't end well if youd blagged onto this job.

That being said... the whole 25 years old and 2 years experience doesn't really apply anymore. Get it done and get stuck in. Tesco require zero tears experience. Sainsburys usually 1 years experience. DHL are between none and 2 years. You can get onto petrol tankers with 2 years experience now with Hoyer.

Get the licence. If you dont like it then it's a back up insurance plan. I don't like driving. But it pays the bills whilst I'm working some things out. And good luck with it.

wazztie16

714 posts

75 months

Thursday 11th July
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exelero said:
I just feel like I’m surrounded by idiots where I am at the minute
Wait till you're driving a lorry on the road!

At least the idiots you're with at the moment aren't moving at 30mph+.

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Thursday 11th July
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milkround said:
exelero said:
I’m 26 now and I know they don’t really hire people under 25 or 2 years expensive experience. The thing is even if I had my licence for 2 years but my digicard is empty it still counts as a newbie doesn’t it ? I was thinking getting the class 2 first and then because I work 4on4 off I could get the odd day somewhere to get some experience of course. The problem is that my contract doesn’t allow me to work for anyone else and that’s including myself. So I will probably set up my own LTD and that way HR won’t see that I work for anyone else. Hopefully they won’t and than they won’t get rid of me, or if they will, well I want out anywaybiggrin
I'm sitting waiting ar boots at the moment. Being paid to listen to lbc and respond to this. So there are some pros.

If I lose my card and get a new one does that mean I have no experience? When scanning cars they will just want to check you are legal.

That being said quite a lot of places will ask for an assessment. And I'm not sure youd fair to well if tossed some keys after 2 years of no experience. To park at boots in the lorry park (they leave you here and give you a bleeper). I bad to blindside in. It wouldn't end well if youd blagged onto this job.

That being said... the whole 25 years old and 2 years experience doesn't really apply anymore. Get it done and get stuck in. Tesco require zero tears experience. Sainsburys usually 1 years experience. DHL are between none and 2 years. You can get onto petrol tankers with 2 years experience now with Hoyer.

Get the licence. If you dont like it then it's a back up insurance plan. I don't like driving. But it pays the bills whilst I'm working some things out. And good luck with it.
In case you're waiting at the Boots main DC, I used to be in the transport office there like 2 or so years ago, actually that's when I registered here haha. And got a job across the road, on the same site but for almost double the money that I used to get @ DHL. Anyway, thanks for the wishes, I'm still waiting for that pink plastic card though biggrin

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Thursday 11th July
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wazztie16 said:
exelero said:
I just feel like I’m surrounded by idiots where I am at the minute
Wait till you're driving a lorry on the road!

At least the idiots you're with at the moment aren't moving at 30mph+.
They will soon, If I punch one in the face..... biggrin My shift started at 6am (obviously you show up earlier) and at 5:58 my Blood pressure was triple the normal limit already. I started to calm down now, but I'm still half fuming, bhing and moaning all day so far. Bloody idiots....

GC8

18,356 posts

134 months

Thursday 11th July
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HGV driving is frequently the cause of high blood pressure: seldom the cure.

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Thursday 11th July
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I’ll do Arthur Vine type videos so it’s all ok

milkround

454 posts

23 months

Thursday 11th July
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exelero said:
In case you're waiting at the Boots main DC, I used to be in the transport office there like 2 or so years ago, actually that's when I registered here haha. And got a job across the road, on the same site but for almost double the money that I used to get @ DHL. Anyway, thanks for the wishes, I'm still waiting for that pink plastic card though biggrin
Was the one in beeston where the postcode takes you to the public entrance. They have gotten so annoyed with it they now have a big sign the truck drivere the postcode to the place they are meant to be.


exelero

848 posts

33 months

Thursday 11th July
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milkround said:
exelero said:
In case you're waiting at the Boots main DC, I used to be in the transport office there like 2 or so years ago, actually that's when I registered here haha. And got a job across the road, on the same site but for almost double the money that I used to get @ DHL. Anyway, thanks for the wishes, I'm still waiting for that pink plastic card though biggrin
Was the one in beeston where the postcode takes you to the public entrance. They have gotten so annoyed with it they now have a big sign the truck drivere the postcode to the place they are meant to be.
Correct. NG7 2SD is the correct one if I remember correctly. 😁

exelero

848 posts

33 months

Friday 2nd August
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I just received my licence from DVLA. Applied for provisional C and C+E, buut nothing changed on my licence except the issue number. I could book my theory test with it however, I just thought it might show something at the categories. Should it or should it not show anything?