If you are hoping to be an HGV driver in the UK haulage industry, you have probably taken plenty of time to research the important requisites for the HGV licence and even taken some forms of training. If you have, then you will know that there are a variety of tests that must be completed before you will be issued a Driver CPC or a Class 2 Licence.
Despite there being several different sections of testing, you will find they come down to these 2 main parts: theoretical and practical testing. We have already gone over much of the LGV theory test revision in some previous posts. So, for today’s post, we are going to cover some helpful pointers for approaching the practical test.
Brush Up on the Basics
There will be lots of information to memorise and as you are training for driving an HGV, then this must all be recalled when tested for your HGV licence. During the course of your training, all this vital information will be drilled into your mental processing so that it becomes second nature. But even still, if these skills are not practised, they get a bit rusty. Be sure to brush up on the little details, like checking mirrors and checking controls before driving. Then you will be sure to impress your tester.
Get Some Rest
If you are hungry, tired or otherwise agitated, you can’t expect to perform at your best. Be sure you are keeping tabs on your physical health as well as your mental and emotional status before taking on this important test. Stick to a healthy diet and continue with your regular exercise program. Furthermore, you can be sure to get plenty of rest the night before you head out for scheduled exam.
You will also want to be dressed as comfortable as you can be while taking your HGV exam as this will keep your mind focused on your task as opposed to how your clothes are feeling. You will have been provided with some guidelines on what HGV drivers typically wear and this is what you should be wearing at your test. As long as your tester sees that you are wearing clean and comfortable clothes they will not be too concerned about any other details.
Ditch the Distractions
Distractions claim the lives of thousands of motorists each year and they are certainly going to hamper your focus during testing. Leave your phone and any other gadgets, electric or otherwise. This way you will have your mind clear and focused on the test.
Preparation is Key
Just as in any other important endeavour, preparation will play an important role in making your HGV Driver Test as easy as possible. With this in mind, make sure you have reviewed the Highway Code and all the other details that will help you to pass. Finally, get as much practice as you can. Go over everything you have learned and everything you will be tested on while in this test and even go through the training circuit a few times. If you know what to expect from the test you will be far less nervous when it comes to time to perform.
Practice Your Manoeuvres
What more could you do? Practice those tricky manoeuvres, then practice some more and finally, get a bit more manoeuvre practice in on the weekend. You will have done thee time and again in training, but taking the time to perfect technique will make you confident and professional. Testing will be done on accelerating, parking and reversing so make sure you cover these points in your practice in as many different environments as you can.