Making the decision to start a career in HGV driving can be fulfilling, challenging and rewarding for the right type of person. It’s a big step outside of the usual 9-5 routine and will see you travelling across the country and even overseas to visit new places and help businesses thrive. But why would you want to make the switch to being an HGV driver? Well, we have 10 reasons to help you decide:
One thing there is not is a shortage of work in the haulage industry. In fact, there is so much work to be had that there has been an HGV driver shortage for several years now. And with the rising average age of HGV drivers, that shortage will only get worse as people start to retire. So one thing you’ll never be short on is work!
That demand for work? It’s not just in one place, it’s all over the UK. So if you want to move across the country, you’ll have no problems finding work wherever you land. You can also schedule your work around your other commitments, giving you the ability to have a truly flexible working schedule.
Products will always need to be transported around. Even with technology taking over as it is, the demand for transport is high. Good, qualified drivers will always be highly valued by employers and businesses across the country.
HGV driving isn’t just about driving around. There are many different ways you can spice up an HGV driving career. You can do anything from long distance ‘tramping’ across Europe, to local only deliveries or the UK hopping.
Because it’s in such high demand, HGV driving is a great way to increase your earning potential. A full time, fully qualified HGV driver can earn upwards of £30,000 a year, depending on whether you’re an independent driver or employed with a company. If you go the employed route, many companies also give bonuses for good safety ratings, different licenses and even length of service.
If you like your freedom, then a career in HGV put you in the driving set – literally. When you’re in the cab, you’re in control. No one looking over your shoulder, no office politics and no one telling you not to play your music as loud as you want.
While other people are slaving away earning money to go travelling, you could be earning money while you travel. HGV drivers get to travel to all sorts of exotic locations, and while you are working rather than being on holiday, your office will look, feel, smell and taste different every single day.
If you’re the kind of person that likes time alone with your thoughts, then HGV driving gives you an abundance of it. During the time you’re travelling across the country, you can put your brain to work reflecting on personal issues, picking up useful skills or learning from podcasts, CDs or even the radio. You’d be amazed what you can accomplish while you’re sitting behind a steering wheel.
You don’t need a reel of qualifications to become an HGV driver. In fact, all you need is a regular old driving license. If you’ve got that, then you can easily become an HGV driver. All it takes is an instructional course, some practical driving time and another driving test.
Nothing beats being able to do a job most kids dream of when pushing their toy trucks along the floor. There’s something about climbing into your cab and turning the ignition that never ceases to put a smile on your face.
At the LGV training company, we specialise in helping aspiring HGV drivers learn the trade. So even if you’re a complete beginner, our experts can teach you the ropes and spend some quality driving practice time with you, getting you ready for your HGV test. For more information, just get in touch with the team today.