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The New HGV Drivers Survival Guide

I mean we’ve all been newbies at some point and The chances are if you are new to the job you will have made mistakes at one point or another (I mean who hasn’t?), but here at Avail we’ve come up with some suggestions to help you avoid these rookie errors. 

1. Not taking a drink   It doesn’t have to be a flask of tea or coffee in the morning, it could even be just a bottle of water, but you need to taking something on the road with you to keep you hydrated. Dehydration can cause weariness and exhaustion, a huge risk when driving a HGV. Staying refreshed and aware of your surrounding is paramount to success as a driver, so please if you don’t have anything to drink make a stop before you start or as soon as possible if your day has already started

1. Not taking a drink

It doesn’t have to be a flask of tea or coffee in the morning, it could even be just a bottle of water, but you need to taking something on the road with you to keep you hydrated. Dehydration can cause weariness and exhaustion, a huge risk when driving a HGV. Staying refreshed and aware of your surrounding is paramount to success as a driver, so please if you don’t have anything to drink make a stop before you start or as soon as possible if your day has already started

2. Not asking for help   We are all guilty of our own pride sometimes but asking for clarification in any new job is completely necessary to ensure you’re performing your job to the expectations of your employer. Its more professional to ask for help than make an error just because you were too scared to ask.  Think about this one sensibly though, should you be asking how to put fuel in your vehicle? Probably not. But should you clarify if an address isn’t showing up correctly on your sat-nav or asking if something is loaded correctly? Probably.

2. Not asking for help

We are all guilty of our own pride sometimes but asking for clarification in any new job is completely necessary to ensure you’re performing your job to the expectations of your employer. Its more professional to ask for help than make an error just because you were too scared to ask.

Think about this one sensibly though, should you be asking how to put fuel in your vehicle? Probably not. But should you clarify if an address isn’t showing up correctly on your sat-nav or asking if something is loaded correctly? Probably.


3. Being disorganised   There is   a lot of very important paperwork that comes with driving as many of you will know, so make sure you’re filling out your logs, keeping track or receipts, paperwork after you deliver a load, daily checks and everything else that goes along with driving.   Tip - Get a folder!

3. Being disorganised

There is a lot of very important paperwork that comes with driving as many of you will know, so make sure you’re filling out your logs, keeping track or receipts, paperwork after you deliver a load, daily checks and everything else that goes along with driving.

Tip - Get a folder!

4. Becoming overly confident   Becoming overly confident - Most of us passed our driving test at 17/18, remember we thought we were the kings of the road and that everyone else was wrong but us? (sometimes I still feel that, but thats another discussion for another day) Now that your older though you will see someone making a silly mistake and it’s usually the case that the perpetrators are newer drivers. The same rules apply to HGV’s, so even though you have the knowledge and license to operate class 1/class 2 vehicles, you lack the experience to drive like you rule the road. Avoid this mistake by making sure you’re comfortable, but not overly confident on the road.

4. Becoming overly confident

Becoming overly confident - Most of us passed our driving test at 17/18, remember we thought we were the kings of the road and that everyone else was wrong but us? (sometimes I still feel that, but thats another discussion for another day) Now that your older though you will see someone making a silly mistake and it’s usually the case that the perpetrators are newer drivers. The same rules apply to HGV’s, so even though you have the knowledge and license to operate class 1/class 2 vehicles, you lack the experience to drive like you rule the road. Avoid this mistake by making sure you’re comfortable, but not overly confident on the road.

5. Look after yourself   Very common amongst new drivers is failing to take care of yourself. This sounds like something that should be self-explanatory, but changing your lifestyle in order to adapt to life on the road is often proven challenging at times.  Having to drive when you’re tired is often times part of the job, but if you’re exhausted to the point where the massive vehicle you’re driving could hurt you or other drivers around you, it’s time to take a break.  Part of being a professional driver is knowing your limits, so take care of yourself as no job or amount of money is worth the risk of you causing injury or, in the worst-case scenario, death

5. Look after yourself

Very common amongst new drivers is failing to take care of yourself. This sounds like something that should be self-explanatory, but changing your lifestyle in order to adapt to life on the road is often proven challenging at times.

Having to drive when you’re tired is often times part of the job, but if you’re exhausted to the point where the massive vehicle you’re driving could hurt you or other drivers around you, it’s time to take a break.

Part of being a professional driver is knowing your limits, so take care of yourself as no job or amount of money is worth the risk of you causing injury or, in the worst-case scenario, death