There are numerous reasons why you might want to become a lorry driver, including personal, financial, nostalgia, or even out of desperation. No matter what your reason is, we are here to help guide you through this process.
A lorry driver job is not a good fit for everyone. Certain characteristics are helpful for anyone who is aspiring to become a lorry driver. They include the following:
– You must love to drive.
– You must be patient.
– You must be very safety-oriented.
– You must be comfortable being alone for long stretches of time.
– You must be self-motivated.
– You must be in great physical condition.
What does a lorry driver do?
You will be driving commercial vehicles that weigh more than 7.5 tonnes. They include trailer wagons, transporters, tankers, and articulated lorries. You will be working from warehouses, ports, distribution centres, and depots, transporting goods all across the UK and potentially throughout Europe. To gain a C1 licence, you will need training.
In addition to driving, your duties might include the following:
– You might need to handle basic maintenance tasks such as brake, tyre, and checks before and following trips.
– Complete logbooks and delivery paperwork
– Follow traffic reports and if necessary change your route
– Ensure the loads are secured safely
– Supervise or help to unload and load goods
– Plan delivery routes and schedules with transport managers
Salary of Lorry Drivers
Lorry driver salaries range from £18,500 to £35,000 (these figures are strictly a guide).
Very Experienced: £27,000 to £35,000
Experienced: £23,000 to £28,000
Beginner: £18,500 to £22,000
Usually, you will work up to 42 hours per week, although overtime might be available. Strict laws are in place for how many hours you can drive in between breaks. There is a complete guide on lorry driver hours that are available.
A majority of your time will be spent out on the road. You will be driving during both the day and night in all different weather conditions. At times overnight stays might be necessary.
You have made it this far, and you still are interested in being a lorry driver. So let’s guide you through the process of how to do this.
How to get qualified?
You must meet the following criteria before you can apply for a lorry driver job:
– Be over 18 years old
– Have a full car drivers licence
If you meet the above criteria, the following are the next steps that you need to take:
– Apply for a provisional lorry driving licence
– Take a Driver CPC qualification
Apply for a provisional lorry driving licence
First, you must determine what kind of vehicle you would like to drive. There are several different options, ranging from less than 7.5 tonnes to more than 7.5 tonnes, which include trailer wagons, flatbeds, tankers, and articulated lorries.
After you have determined the kind of vehicle you want to drive you will need to apply for the appropriate licence.
Category C1 – This licence is the lowest class and allows you to drive commercial vehicles that weigh 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes MAM* (and a trailer that is up to 750 kg). This licence allows you to drive vehicles such as lightbox trucks, cargo vans, and Luton vans.
Category C1E – This licence class allows you to drive C1 category commercial vehicles that have a trailer of over 750 kg. When fully loaded the trailer cannot weigh more than the vehicle does. This class is ideal if you want to drive vehicles with heavy, large utility trailers.
The combined MAM* of these two categories cannot go over 12 tonnes.