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Didi you know?

We have launched an exciting new opportunity to our brand portfolioEvents Drivers by Advance Logistics Support

Would you like the chance to drive across Europe visiting some of the major cities and amazing views? We have opportunities for experienced drivers working on UK and European tours for major events and music tours.

Call us on 01788 577877 for more information.

See www.eventsdrivers.co.uk for more information and register your interest.

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5 First Time HGV Driver Tips

5 First Time HGV Driver Tips

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If you’ve just passed your HGV test, then you are well on your way to becoming a professional HGV driver. After all, you’ve got your qualification, which means you can go out there and get a job. But as a new driver, there are a lot of things you still have to learn. Some of those things will be specific to the type of driving you do, who you work for, or the vehicle you drive. But others are just down to experience – learning on the job and by making mistakes. But since large, heavy vehicles are involved, we want to help you minimise those mistakes with a few hints and tips.

Preparation Is Key

In almost anything in life, a little preparation will go a long way. When it comes to driving a HGV professionally, it’s vital. This isn’t a job that’s purely about hopping behind the wheel and getting from point A to point B. To succeed, there is a lot of planning involved from beginning to end, making sure you account for anything that could go wrong. Make sure you plan out the route you’re going to take, along with any alternatives in case you run into traffic, road closures or other issues that might need you to redirect your plans. You also need to plan out your timings, taking into account time for break, rest stops and refuelling time. The good news is this doesn’t have to be difficult – there are a number of apps you can use to help you plan your journeys, and doing so makes everything run much more smoothly.

Drink Lots

No, not alcohol. Not even coffee. Water. Dehydration is a very real problem for people in general, but for HGV drivers in particular. When you aren’t drinking enough, your body will tell you about it in a number of ways. Some of those include tiredness, dizziness and loss of alertness. Not good news for a HV driver in charge of a multi-tonne vehicle. So HGV drivers need to make sure they are properly hydrated at all times. Our tip? Invest in a big, refillable water bottle, and keep it in your cab at all times. Take regular sips throughout the day (since your body will only tell you you’re thirsty when you are already dehydrated). Fill it up when you need to, and force yourself to stay hydrated.

Check Your Vehicle Height

You’ve probably seen photos of videos of HGV’s that have got stuck in narrow or low bridges, running the vehicle and effectively getting wedged. While these may seem funny at the time, they are a very real problem for new HGV drivers. It’s a big vehicle, and it can be difficult to judge the height or width of it when you’re inside. It’s even harder when it’s not a vehicle you normally drive, or if you change HGV’s a lot. Out best tip to avoid this embarrassing mishap is to check the height and width of your vehicle before you set out every day, and make a note of it (even if that’s just a post-it on your dashboard). It means you won’t panic when you see a lot bridge and it can avoid mangling your HGV at the same time.

Take Breaks Often

You will be frequently reminded by your employer that you are required to take a certain amount of breaks each shift, and those breaks have to be a set length of time. Pay attention and make sure you take them. We know how tempting it can be to just ‘work through it’, particularly if you’re running late or on a tight deadline. But the problem is, without breaks you will get tired, suffer from fatigue and not be able to do your job properly. You will also be opening up yourself and your employer to legal action, since those breaks are actually legal requirements. So when its time for your break, make sure you do actually stop the vehicle and take a break. Walk around, stretch your legs and grab a cup of coffee. And if you start feeling drowsy at any point while driving, don’t hesitate to take a break.

Communicate With your Team

No HGV driver works in a vacuum, even if it can be a bit lonely at times. There will be a team behind you organising what you’re transporting, when you use it and even planning your deadlines – from both your company and the client. As the effective ‘go-between’, you need to maintain clear and regular communication with these people. It might seem like a bit of an effort, but building up a relationship with your traffic managers can make things run smoothly for your day-to-day.

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The Driver CPC Medical – What Really Matters?

The Driver CPC Medical – What Really Matters?

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Over the past few years, we’ve talked a lot about the process of getting your Driver CPC. It’s not exactly a short process, and there are a lot of steps involved in achieving it. Just one of those things is passing a medical exam, to make sure you’re healthy and fit enough to be in charge of a large, heavy vehicle. In this post, we wanted to take a closer look at the medical exam, what’s actually involved in it and what sort of things you need to be aware of going into it. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Eyesight

If there’s one thing that’s important for an HGV driver, it’s our ability to see. Without good eyesight, you wouldn’t be safe on the road, and you wouldn’t be able to find your way to your delivery points! Thankfully the guidance on what is acceptable eyesight is pretty clear – and it’s the same as a traditional driving licence. You have to be able to read a licence plate from 20 yards away. It doesn’t matter if you need glasses or contacts to achieve this either – but your prescription can’t be higher than +8, and your field of vision needs to be higher than 160 degrees. As long as you fall inside those parameters, you’re ok. And if you’re not sure, just ask your optician.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy isn’t an uncommon issue – it’s something that affects 1 in 26 people worldwide. But it is something that has a major impact on your ability to drive a normal car, let alone a HGV. Just like with a standard driving licence, you have to be able to prove that you’ve been seizure and medication free for at least 5 years. This is the same whether you suffer from major seizures or minor auras – 5 years free is the point when epileptic seizures are considered minimal risk.

Heart Problems

No one likes to think about having heart problems, or how it could affect your work. The good news is that a heart condition isn’t an automatic ban. But it’s still something you need to be aware of, and make the examiner aware of. Anything from angina to atrial fibrillation and even blackouts. However, there are a few exceptions – for example you can’t drive at all (let alone professionally) for 3 months after having heart bypass surgery, or within 12 months of a stroke or period of unexplained unconsciousness.

Diabetes

Diabetes is another chronic condition that affects a huge number of people in the UK. Around 9.5% of the population to be exact. It’s so common and simple to manage that it isn’t going to stop you becoming an HGV driver, but it does mean you’ll need to do a little extra paperwork before you can become qualified. You will need to do twice-daily glucose tests for a set period of time, and if you have insulin-treated diabetes then you will also need to have your most recent 3 months of glucose readings stored on a personal meter, with a memory, ready to produce on request.

Brain Issues

Brain issues are where the medical issues go from ‘grey area’ to ‘very black and white’. Any issues with your brain are likely to cause problems with your judgement, critical thinking, reaction speeds and cognition skills – all of which are pretty important for an HGV driver. If you’ve had brain surgery or a brain injury, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to drive professionally at any point now or in the future. Of course, each case is unique, but in most cases any kind of brain trauma, injury or surgery will rule you out at a medical stage.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep issues and drowsiness are killers on the road. Tired drivers claim more lives than drunk drivers every single year, which is why we put such an emphasis on making sure our drivers are never driving tired. If you have no issues with sleep, you will probably breeze this section. But if you have issues with sleep apnoea, narcolepsy or other sleep issues, these might cast doubt over your abilities to drive safely. The same goes for if you’re taking any medications that cause drowsiness.

The medical exam for HGV drivers will look at many other things, but these are some of the major categories that our drivers worry about before they go into the medical. The important thing to remember is this – none of these things, or any other condition, mean that you have an automatic ban on driving HGV’s. It simply means that you need to fall within a set of rules designed to keep drivers, other road users and cargo safe. You don’t have to be in peak physical condition – just reasonably healthy and safe behind the wheel.

ref:hgvtrainingcentre

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