Misconceptions about being a HGV Driver

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1. Being an HGV driver is just sitting around

This is absolutely not true. Being a HGV driver you will have a wide array of duties to carry out. These including planning the routes, loading and unloading their vehicles and taking inventory. There is a lot more to HGV driving that just sitting behind a wheel all day. As well as having lots of duties at work, they also take care of themselves by staying active outside of work.

2. All truck drivers are men

While trucking, like construction and IT, cab be perceived as a largely male-dominated field, female truck drivers are on the rise in the UK and around the world. As of July 2018, just 5% of commercial vehicle licence holders were women. But women are just as capable as men in this industry and they are showing it, with higher numbers entering the profession than at any time. In fact, many of the women we’ve come across have been better than a number of their male counterparts!

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3. Being an HGV driver is bad pay

Whilst there are lots of companies that don’t pay well, this isn’t all HGV driving companies.  In truth, a typical starting salary is anywhere between £19-24k for an HGV driver. With more training and experience you can earn significantly more. Some of the most experienced drivers can earn over 40k a year!

4. Being an HGV driver can be lonely

Although you are often alone while driving, because of your job requiring you to travel across the country, you are constantly meeting new people. You’ll get to know people all over the country and more as you travel from destination to destination. You also become a valued and welcome member of a supportive community.

5.HGV driving hours are long and you get no breaks

As part of the law. A HGV driver must not exceed 60 hours which includes driving and other tasks within a single week. A HGV driver can also not get less than 9 hours daily rest within a 24 hours period up to 3 times a week.

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