In this article, we explain all about HGV training courses, including what to expect, how to prepare, and most importantly, how to ensure you get the best training for your money. This article is broken down into easy-to-understand sections and should cover any questions you may have about HGV training.
Finding the best HGV training courses
Searching for an HGV training provider can be a daunting process. There are many options available, a lot of which you may not fully understand. The number piece of advice from us is this: NEVER SIGN UP FOR AN HGV TRAINING COURSE OVER THE PHONE!
HGV training can be a major financial commitment. What other expensive products would you buy over the phone without seeing them? A house? A car? Don’t be fooled by slick-looking websites of companies who claim to be the ‘UK’s biggest’ or have ’50, 60, 100, etc locations across the UK’. These are brokers, and they do not train you. They just book a course for you and take a commission for it. Instead, ensure you’re booking with a quality training provider by visiting the training school in person. Meet their staff, check out their vehicles, see their facilities. Try shopping around too, compare different offers in your local area.
Be very wary of companies who tell you that helping you through the process is some sort of unique service they offer. Most HGV training providers will guide you through the process from start to finish for no extra charge.
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How to prepare for your training course
Here’s a brief rundown of the steps involved in preparing for your HGV training course:
- Pass a driver medical
- Send off a D2 and D4 application form to DVLA
- Study for and pass your theory tests*
Once these steps are complete, you’ll be ready to get into a training vehicle and start driving on the road. Be very wary of companies who tell you that helping you through the process is some sort of unique service they offer. Most HGV training providers will guide you through the process from start to finish for no extra charge.
For more information about the steps involved in completing your HGV training course, see the following links:
What to expect during your training
To pass an HGV driving course, you’ll need to demonstrate to a DVSA driving examiner that you are competent in a range of skills on the road and manoeuvring, as well as some basic knowledge of vehicle safety checks.
Skills you will learn during your training
- Daily safety checks
- Safely entering and exiting the cab
- Moving off and stopping
- Road position and turning
- Responding to signs, signals and other road users
During your course, you may also be able to take a mock test, to give you an insight into the real thing before test day.
For more information about what to expect during your HGV training course, see the following links:
*You do not actually need to pass the theory tests before you can start learning to drive, however, the theory stage is usually completed first as the HGV driving course is generally a short course over 3-6 days.
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