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    Lightbulb Lorry Driver Jobs

    I heard that lorry drivers jobs pay well and lorry drivers can earn high salaries. How does one become a lorry driver? Is it enough that one has experience in driving cars? Does it need a special license to get a job as a lorry driver?

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    Irene, lorry drivers need to get a HGV license, which is a fairly major investment financially. I would say that being a confident car driver is a good help but the actual skills required to drive a lorry are quite different.

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    Lorry drivers can make a decent living. I think a lot of it depends on being a good driver and my guess that you have to possess excellent driving skills then perhaps go ahead and get the license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irene View Post
    I heard that lorry drivers earn high salaries. How does one become a lorry driver? Is it enough that one has experience in driving cars? Does it need a special license?
    I am surprised that you even ask such a question, in this day and age as everything is so heavily regulated and licensed, you need licence to operate even small piece of equipment and you wondering if one needs a special licence to drive 10 -15 ton lorry 60 miles down the road. And yes, pilots need a license too

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    Default To Become A Lorry Driver...

    To become a lorry driver you will need to be prepared for some early starts and possibly some night driving. You will most likely eat a lot of takeaway and have little time for exercise.

    What skills do you need for lorry driving job?

    • You will need a full drivers licence.
    • You will need to meet the minimum age requirement for driving a lorry.
    • You will need to be able to speak English. This is a requirement by many companies so that you can read and understand the directions and also safety signs.
    • You will need patience. When you are on the road a lot you will come across a lot of other drivers and some of them may be inexperienced or just plain stupid.
    • You will need to work early mornings or late evenings and you will need your body to be able to adjust to this.


    How do you get a job as a HGV or LGV lorry driver?

    It is good to start off as an assistant to a driver or drivers mate as they call them. You can sit in the cab and help to load and unload the lorry. There are many companies that will pay for or contribute to your HGV driving training. There are truck driving schools that you can attend to learn the ins and outs of driving and handling different trucks.

    Once you have your HGV drivers licence you will be able to get a job anywhere that your licence is valid. You can even set up your own transport company if you can afford to buy a lorry to start with. It is best to start of working for a company and when you are more experienced then think about setting up your own business.

    HGV drivers deliver goods all over the country so there are always jobs available for lorry drivers. There are many products that can only be delivered by lorrys and many destinations that are only accessible by road transport, so there will always be a demand for HGV drivers.

    If you have your own transport company then you will need to seek customers to get loads to carry. There are load brokers online that you can contact. They have information on loads that are to be moved from one place to another. By using this type of service you can often get loads on your return and not worry too much about transporting a load and coming back empty.

    You can also search for transport and driving agency sites online to find transport companies that are looking for employees. Transport and driving agencies will have a list of current companies looking for hgv or lgv drivers and they can put you in touch with them. If you got lgv and hgv licence and if you are prepared to drive long distances and do night driving then you will have more jobs that you can apply for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Career101 View Post
    To become a lorry driver you will need to be prepared for some early starts and possibly some night driving. You will most likely eat a lot of takeaway and have little time for exercise.

    What skills do you need for lorry driving job?

    • You will need a full drivers licence.
    • You will need to meet the minimum age requirement for driving a lorry.
    • You will need to be able to speak English. This is a requirement by many companies so that you can read and understand the directions and also safety signs.
    • You will need patience. When you are on the road a lot you will come across a lot of other drivers and some of them may be inexperienced or just plain stupid.
    • You will need to work early mornings or late evenings and you will need your body to be able to adjust to this.


    How do you get a job as a HGV or LGV lorry driver?

    It is good to start off as an assistant to a driver or drivers mate as they call them. You can sit in the cab and help to load and unload the lorry. There are many companies that will pay for or contribute to your HGV driving training. There are truck driving schools that you can attend to learn the ins and outs of driving and handling different trucks.

    Once you have your HGV drivers licence you will be able to get a job anywhere that your licence is valid. You can even set up your own transport company if you can afford to buy a lorry to start with. It is best to start of working for a company and when you are more experienced then think about setting up your own business.

    HGV drivers deliver goods all over the country so there are always jobs available for lorry drivers. There are many products that can only be delivered by lorrys and many destinations that are only accessible by road transport, so there will always be a demand for HGV drivers.

    If you have your own transport company then you will need to seek customers to get loads to carry. There are load brokers online that you can contact. They have information on loads that are to be moved from one place to another. By using this type of service you can often get loads on your return and not worry too much about transporting a load and coming back empty.

    You can also search for transport and driving agency sites online to find transport companies that are looking for employees. Transport and driving agencies will have a list of current companies looking for hgv or lgv drivers and they can put you in touch with them. If you got lgv and hgv licence and if you are prepared to drive long distances and do night driving then you will have more jobs that you can apply for.

    Besides these great tips mentioned above I would like to add something with all simplicity. Lorry driving is so much risky. The driving conditions during the day or during the night, the tiredness or the conflicts may lead to smoking and drinking excessively. So one has to be careful from the beginning not to get into vices easily. Job is lucretive or promising with high scale earning but it also throws you into risk against which you need to have precaution
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    Irene you hear right. Salary is high but it is very serious job. I Had enough of that heavy lorry driving.

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    Yes driving trucks work well and can save them money.

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    I believe lorry drivers need an advanced driving qualification. Apart from that I am not too sure, sorry I could not help.

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    Yes, you are right! Lorry drivers are earning more than others. To become a lorry or bus driver you first need to apply for the correct provisional entitlements on your driving licence and include a medical report.

    For driver licensing, lorries are called Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) and buses or coaches are called Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCVs). Read more...

    Become a lorry or bus driver - Government of UK

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