Are you thinking about starting a new career and becoming a HGV driver? Changing careers and starting any new challenge can sometimes be a daunting task, so we asked our fantastic drivers here at Freight First if they could give any advice to any new drivers starting their driving career, what would it be?
Below we show the most popular answers given by our drivers …..
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – If you are not sure about anything just ask somebody. There are lots of things that a new driver won’t know or won’t have come across before. Every driver was new once and has to start somewhere – as they say – you don’t know if you don’t ask.
- If you need help just ask – Don’t struggle with something on your own. If you feel that you need help with something no matter how small then just ask. There are plenty of people willing to help like warehouse staff, other drivers, office staff.
- Take your time and don’t rush – It is far better to complete a job correctly and ensure that you have followed the correct procedure than to rush about and worry about how quick you are working. If you see somebody doing a job quicker than yourself don’t worry about it, just concentrate on your own work. Everyone works at different speeds and you will probably find that as you gain more experience your speed will naturally increase.
- Better to be safe than sorry – Safety is so important within Haulage that it cannot be underestimated in anyway. Safety always comes first – before any delivery, deadline or whatever the pressure. Do not cut corners as it is never worth it. Your safety and the safety of other road users must always be a priority.
- Get plenty of exercise in between driving – Being on the road for so long can result in a lot of sitting down and little movement. In order to stay fresh and healthy it is important to get as much exercise as possible in between driving as it will help to increase circulation, keep you healthy and also help to keep you more alert and awake at the wheel.
- Don’t be too over confident (things can happen) – Never take things for granted, being confident is good but problems can arise at any time. Taking your eye off the ball even for a moment could have a detrimental effect on your own or someone else’s life.
- Ensure your load is safe (don’t just take someone’s word for it) – As a driver it is your responsibility to ensure that your load is secure. Just because a warehouse operator says it is secure doesn’t mean it is. The law won’t except any excuse, so before you head off you must do all the checks to ensure your load is safe and secure.
- Maintain a good working relationship with the traffic team – The traffic team are here to work with you and to help you in any way they can. Both the traffic team and the drivers have the same objectives. They want you to get to your destination as safely and efficiently as possible and maintaining a good working relationship with good communication will help you in every aspect of your work.
- Do not drive over tired – You know your body better than anyone else. If you are feeling tired, don’t risk it. Research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related with about 40% of those accidents involving commercial vehicles. Take regular breaks and never start a long journey if you are feeling tired.
- Relax – Every driver had to start somewhere, only time and experience will help. Try to stay calm and relaxed and keep a positive mind-set. Working away from home and being on the road can sometimes be a lonely place so try to stay calm and positive to help maintain a healthy mind.
If you want to start a new career as a truck driver or you want to join our award winning team here at Freight First then why not apply to become a Freight First driver!
For more information or to apply visit: http://www.freightfirst.co.uk/careers-in-freight/