If you’re training to be an HGV driver, then you already know just how much work and revision is involved. If you’re just starting out, then welcome! It’s a long road ahead, but it’s worth it. One of the things we get asked about time and time again is the HGV driver practical test – and more importantly what you can do to make sure you pass. Since we’ve covered tips for the theory section pretty thoroughly, we wanted to give you some advice on the practical test.
There is a lot to remember when you’re driving an HGV, and odds are you will be more actively focussed on remembering the complicated things. This can mean that you forget some of the more basic things about driving an HGV – and end up failing the test due to a silly mistake! So while revising and practising the complicated stuff is important, you should also make some time to brush up on the basics of driving an HGV as well. You’ll thank us later!
In order for us to perform at our best, we need to be well-nourished and well-rested. In the weeks leading up to your test, make sure you are eating properly (and healthily), exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. Sometimes just one goodnight’s sleep before the test isn’t enough to catch up on all the rest you need, so try and get to bed a little earlier during the week of your test. That way you can walk in feeling refreshed and at peak performance.
This is very much a case of dress for the job you’re going to get. You don’t need to turn up to your test in a suit and tie, or anything fancy really. Your driver trainers will have gone over with you what is appropriate attire for a HGV driver at work – and the key is comfort. This is exactly what your tester will expect you to wear, and will keep you comfortable and distraction-free during the test. So leave the suit in the wardrobe for now!
To pass your HGV practical test you need to be able to devote all of your concentration to it. That means anything that could distract you should be ditched, pronto! Turn the phone off and leave it behind – along with any smartwatches or other distracting devices. It’s not a hugely long test, so we’re sure you’ll survive!!
Like everything in life, you will feel much better about taking your HGV driver test if you are thoroughly prepared. That means brushing up on the rules of the road, making sure you know all of the little things you need to do during the test, and familiarising yourself with the test area so you know what’s coming. Remember that you need to be able to prepare quickly while on the road as well, keeping things like breaking time and space in mind as you go so that you don’t cause chaos.
And finally? Practice, practice, practice. Your training will have drummed how to do manoeuvres into you by now, but it doesn’t hurt to practice until you are completely confident. You will be tested on reversing, accelerating and parking, so make sure you get plenty of practice doing this is all sorts of environments so that you’re at your best.
At The LGV Training Centre, we specialise in preparing aspiring drivers for their HGV driver practical test. Our trainers are always on hand to teach you everything you need to know and to prepare you for your test thoroughly. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with the team today.