If you like driving and love the open road you may have always wondered about how to become a lorry driver. well, you have come to the right place; the home of learning – Craig Baker Driver Training to learn how to drive a lorry. This is a guide for those who are looking to start a new career in the haulage industry as a lorry driver. You should continue reading further if you have a genuine interest in either being a lorry driver or knowing about the lorry driver training programme. The requirements are simple, you need to be 18+, have a Valid UK car licence (if you have a non-UK car licence, the first thing you need to do is get your licence transferred to the UK) & ready to work hard.
The UK is currently over 50,000 HGV drivers short. So, if you’re looking to enter the logistics industry as an HGV driver, this is the golden time to make the most of it. The actual HGV training ( practical) only takes 5 days but the entire process from start to end will take around 8-10 weeks to get the licence in hand.
We at Craig Baker Driver Training have created this introductory guide so you have a clear idea of what you need to do when you’re becoming a lorry driver & getting into the HGV industry. When you train with the right people it can be both fast and affordable, as well as giving you high-quality teaching and hands-on learning that can see you pass your test within weeks and hit the job market with an incredible number of new opportunities. If you don’t have a job in hand you can always contact our recruitment team for more help.
A small goods vehicle between 3500kg and 7500kg, like an ambulance or horsebox
A rigid vehicle of over 7500kg- there is no upper weight limit on this licence but these vehicles are usually between 18ton & 32ton
An articulated vehicle of over 7500kg, Otherwise known as a "artic" these vehicles usually weigh up to 44 ton
If you love driving and don't mind being on your own for most of the day, HGV training could lead to a very rewarding career with a great salary
The first step is to go for a D4 medical, which usually lasts for around 15 minutes the doctor will ask you a few questions about your medical history and check your blood pressure, height and weight, the doctor will give you a completed D4 form that you will send of to the DVLA they will then decide you are a fit and proper person yo drive a HGV and send the provisional licence back to you.
You will first need to prepare for and take a HGV theory test which will consist of a multiple choice and hazard perception test.
Now its time to start your HGV training, We have a range of different courses available, and you can be sure you are training with the best at Craig Baker Driver Training our instructors are highly qualified and experienced.
The Initial driver CPC consists of 2 parts. Module 2 is a case study theory test and is usually booked together with the multiple choice and hazard perception, Module 4 is a practical demonstration test based on 5 topic areas like vehicle loading and daily walkaround checks. Craig Baker Driver Training is approved by the DVSA to conduct our own in-house CPC module 4 test so if you learn with us you can be sure your getting the highest standard of training
Driving a lorry is not for everyone so at Craig Baker Driver Training if your thinking of becoming a lorry driver we offer you the chance to do a lorry driving experience day, this means before you start trying to obtain a lorry licence you can come along and try it out first, our dedicated HGV area is private land so there is no need to have a medical or do a theory test first, you can come along and try out a bit of driving and reversing under the careful watch of our professional HGV instructors
There are several components to being a lorry driver, and driving is only one of them.
As well as sitting behind the wheel and getting from A to B, you’ll also need to keep up-to-date paperwork about the loads you’re carrying, track your hours so you get the right amount of rest, change routes if you need to avoid accidents and delays, navigate bad weather and other unexpected hurdles, and liaise with people at the beginning and end of your journey to ensure the right things have been delivered. This is all on top of making timely safety checks of your vehicle to keep it roadworthy.
If you take on the kind of job that means travelling abroad, you’ll also need to ensure you comply with foreign road laws, carry the required paperwork, and be responsible for taking your cargo on ferries or trains to get from one country to another. And finally, for the most experienced drivers who want to earn the most money, you might need to learn how to safely transport hazardous materials, meaning you would take responsibility for keeping this cargo secure at all times during your journey through additional checks and procedures
So how much does a lorry licence cost? At Craig Baker Driver Training we have a range of different courses available for different vehicles and prices range from £1250 to £3200. if you are not sure which course is best for you call our sales team on 01942 741 310
The salary for a lorry driver can range from £40,000 – £55,000 per year, depending on the type of vehicle you’re driving, where you’re driving, what sort of cargo you’re carrying and who you work for.
Driver CPC training is an extra qualification that you’ll need if you want to drive professionally. This applies to bus and coach drivers as well as lorry drivers and covers a whole host of things that make the difference between a driver who can merely drive, and one who is an exceptional professional on the road. Its aim is to improve road safety and driver standards, and it’s applicable all across Europe.
Meet Michelle, our dynamic new car driving instructor and the latest addition to our team. With a passion for road safety and years of teaching experience, Michelle is set to become a valuable asset. Her patient and friendly approach makes learning to drive an enjoyable experience. Welcome aboard, Michelle – your expertise is sure to guide our learners toward success on the road!
Kam, our dedicated Car Driving Instructor, embodies excellence with a passion for precision and safety. With a robust background in driver education, Kam imparts invaluable skills and knowledge to learners. His patient and encouraging demeanor fosters a positive learning environment, ensuring students feel confident and well-prepared. Kam's commitment to cultivating responsible and skilled drivers makes him an integral part of our team, contributing to the success and reputation of our driving instruction services.
Wayne, a specialist HGV instructor, focuses on the intricacies of reversing and uncoupling in our training courses. Known for his friendly and relaxed approach, Wayne is a people person who effortlessly connects with everyone. His amiable nature creates a positive learning environment, making the challenging aspects of HGV training more accessible. Wayne's expertise in mastering the nuances of reversing and uncoupling, coupled with his affable personality, makes him a beloved and effective instructor in the world of heavy goods vehicle operations.
Chris, an adept HGV instructor, brings a unique blend of expertise from his military background. Having served as an HGV instructor in the army, Chris honed his skills in precision and discipline. With a commitment to excellence instilled during his military service, Chris imparts not only technical know-how but also a strong sense of responsibility to his students. His seasoned approach, forged in the disciplined environment of the armed forces, sets Chris apart as a trusted and effective HGV instructor.
Kyle, a seasoned HGV instructor, draws from a decade of diverse experience as an HGV driver. Over the past ten years, he navigated a spectrum of roles, mastering the intricacies of transporting goods. Kyle's wealth of knowledge enriches his instruction, offering students real-world insights into the challenges and nuances of the road. His passion for safe and efficient driving, combined with a decade of hands-on expertise, makes Kyle an invaluable mentor in the world of Heavy Goods Vehicle operations.
As the proprietor and Director of Craig Baker Driver Training, Craig boasts over 10 years of instructional expertise backed by over a decade in the HGV industry. Holding qualifications as an ADI, NRI LGV instructor, RTITB CPC instructor, and DVSA-approved 3a examiner, Craig ensures the highest standards. Over the last few years, the business has expanded significantly under his leadership. Craig's adept management style, characterized by fairness and a commitment to staff well-being, underscores the success and growth of the enterprise.
With over two decades of experience in the HGV industry, Dave, hailing from a distinguished driver training background, exemplifies a deep commitment to the craft. His enduring passion for training is evident as he meticulously imparts knowledge. Dave, dedicated to excellence, takes pride in ensuring his candidates are comprehensively prepared for a successful driving career. His professional approach and wealth of experience contribute significantly to the quality and effectiveness of the training provided under his guidance.
Andras, our adept LGV and Car Instructor, brings extensive experience in both European and UK haulage to his role. Additionally, he holds qualifications as a PCV driver. With a wealth of knowledge in the intricacies of transportation, Andras ensures that our training programs meet the highest standards. His multifaceted expertise and commitment to excellence make him an invaluable asset in equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge essential for success in LGV and Car driving.
Lee, our accomplished Operations Manager, swiftly ascended the ranks, showcasing exceptional leadership and serving as a role model within the company. Responsible for overseeing instructors, vehicles, and general operations, Lee is synonymous with adaptability. His patient and adept approach to candidates ensures that lessons are both enjoyable and informative. Lee's managerial prowess and commitment to excellence significantly contribute to the seamless functioning and success of our operations.
Kerry, serving as the office manager at Craig Baker Driver Training for the past four years, adeptly oversees lesson coordination, instructor management, and office staff organization. With a commitment to seamless operations, she consistently ensures the smooth functioning of all facets. Kerry's problem-solving acumen and dedication are evident, as she not only navigates operational challenges but also readily assists with customer inquiries, reflecting her pivotal role in maintaining operational excellence and client satisfaction.
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