So you’ve completed your HGV Training and are getting ready to hit the road in your first job! In this article we’ve prepared few useful tips that will help you during your initial days behind the wheel of an articulated lorry!
Make sure to plan your route.
One of the most common mistakes of beginner lorry drivers is the bad planning. Accurately planning your route will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. In addition to checking any roadworks or obstacles on your way, make sure to plan where you’ll have your rest stops, refuelling and points of entrance to your point of destination. This will make your journey stress-free.
Check the Height of Your Lorry
Throughout your journey you might meet many routes that are height restricted. Do not rely on the pre-written height instructions and if possible always manually check the exact height of your lorry and your trailer. This will help you avoid very costly accidents such as collisions with low bridges.
Secure Your Cargo
Before you depart make sure that all straps and harnesses on your cargo are properly secured. Double check it during every rest stop. Many road accidents happen because the lorry’s cargo was not properly secured. Being diligent will avoid a costly and life-threatening accident on the road.
Take Regular Breaks and Exercise
Taking regular breaks is imperative to your focus and attention span as a driver of a 70 tonne vehicle. Do not ever push your body beyond its limits and remember that you need to have at least 11 hours of rest per 24 hour period.
Whenever possible, always make sure to stretch and exercise. This will not only provide a health benefits but will also make you more alert.
Keep Your Paperwork Organised
Being a HGV Driver requires a lot of organisation and bookkeeping. Make sure to stay organised and get yourself a folder in order to keep all documents accessible and safe.
Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your journey. Dehydration is a big issue for HGV Drivers. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take a sip often. Lack of hydration can cause dizziness and loss of attention.
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