To help address the nationwide truck driver shortage, a training provider has provided some tips for passing HGV driver training.
HGV driver training has recently become more popular due to shortages, with salaries rising and higher than ever to encourage more people to take up the profession.
Training to drive a truck involves a lot of work and review, but Mick Feeney, Lead Truck Driving Instructor at Carlisle’s SP Training, has provided expert advice on how to pass the exam.
Mick first graduated as a car and truck instructor from the Military Transportation Mechanic School in 1983.
One of the most dreaded things is the practical test as it is a step up from the standard car test.
According to Mick, there are three main tips to follow.
The first is that those who take the exam listen to the instructor and take ownership of it so that they can be independent in making decisions.
He said: “Work closely with your instructor to build your confidence and trust so you can take ownership of the vehicle and form eating habits as early in your training as possible.”
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His third piece of advice concerns the first ten minutes of the test, which he said are crucial for the examiner to feel safe, as they don’t know you or what you’re capable of.
He added: “Examiners have been in scary situations before, so make sure you’ve made them comfortable by starting smoothly and doing all the relevant security process checks.”
Moving smoothly ties in with Micks’ third tip, which was to not get complacent and rush things.
He said of this: “The test ends when the examiner says it is over.
“The first and last ten minutes can be critical to get through.
“Many students relax more towards the end of the test and this leads them to make silly mistakes.”
Mick summarized: “The DVSA examiners are not there to fail you, nor do they need to see the perfect momentum to pass you.
“They are human like the rest of us and their job is to make sure you drive the truck in a safe, calm and controlled manner.
“They are there to do their job and you do yours by passing the test.”
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