Personal Training Advisers & Training Centres nationwide put you on the road to success
There are a number of different vehicle types being used commercially on the UK’s roads. Each of them has its different uses and benefits. At Easy As HGV we provide training for all commercial vehicle licences, as well as Driver CPC Training and ongoing CPC Periodic Training. We even provide specialist Horsebox Training. Find out more by clicking on the link boxes below.
This small delivery vehicle is all one unit, the easiest to handle and the next step up from a 3,500 kg van.
As per Category 1 but with a trailer weighing more than 750 kg and combined weight of less than 12,000 kg.
Known as a ‘Rigid’, this vehicle is all one unit and also easy to handle. (Often referred to as Class 2).
Known as an ‘Artic’, or a draw bar (Wagon & Drag), with a separate cab and trailer. (Often referred to as Class 1).
Compulsory for new professional HGV & LGV drivers and those who passed their vocational licence after 10th Sept 2009 (or are under 21).
This is an ongoing requirement for all professional HGV & LGV drivers so check what’s required here.
Two specialist courses designed by us: (i) Horsebox Driver Training and (ii) Horse Transportation Course - check here for details.
Details on all our HGV Training Courses and recommended packages are just a click away in this section.
At Easy As HGV we believe that good training should be affordable. That’s why we have condensed our HGV training courses down to simple, intensive courses which run for four or five days. We have years of experience of HGV training and it’s shown us that intensive driver training gives the Trainee the best chance of passing first time. This is because the driver is able to focus their attention on the skills they need to improve, for example observation (mirrors), signaling and manoeuvring without having breaks in between lessons where skills can be forgotten.
Over the years we’ve streamlined our HGV training courses so that not only are they the best way to learn, but they’re also the best way to keep down the cost of HGV training. Having you with us for a block of four or five days means that we can plan our diaries, fuel spend, Instructional staffing costs and test fee expenditure, which translates to more £’s left in your pocket. Many drivers will compare HGV training costs in the run up to making a decision about where to train, and at Easy As HGV we honestly believe there is no comparison – Easy As HGV simply gives you more for your money. Does your Training Provider;
We know that everyone wants to compare HGV training prices to ensure that they’re getting the best value for money. That’s why we’ve drawn up the table below to show you what you’ll get for your hard-earned cash with Easy As HGV;
|Cat C||Cat C+E||Cat C1||Cat C1+E||Driver CPC Initial Qualification||Driver CPC Periodic Training|
|Starter Pack (includes licence application forms if needed, recruitment pack and starter info)|
|Online Theory Test Revision Module||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Personal Training Adviser|
|Access to our Recruitment Team (CV building service, online recruitment tool access, cover letter writing service, weekly job updates to your inbox & more!)|
|Online Job Finder access|
To get more detail about the costs of your HGV training, please visit our HGV Training Prices page.
The average training week starts with a slightly nervous Trainee and a friendly Instructor who wants to help turn that person into a first class HGV Driver! Once you’ve completed your HGV medical, received your provisional licence back from DVLA and completed your HGV theory test, you’ll book in some dates for your training week with your Personal Training Adviser. Before you arrive on the first day of training, your Personal Training Adviser will have discussed which School you want to attend with you, and checked your availability. They’re used to working around complicated shifts and working patterns, so however hectic your schedule they’ll be able to find a course to suit you. You’ll also have received full joining instructions by this point, straight to your inbox, so you can print off as many copies as you like. The joining instructions will tell you everything you need to know about your course, so there will be no surprises on the first day!
When you get to the school, your Instructor will be ready to greet you. They’ll check your licence and show you to your vehicle. The day usually starts with a cup of tea, and a walk around the vehicle so that you can familiarise yourself with where everything is. Most of your training days will start this way so that you learn how to complete basic vehicle checks – they’ll be a big part of your career as a HGV Driver! After that, it’s into the cab to get used to the controls. Most trainees will find they’re totally comfortable with the vehicle very quickly- after all, you’re a car driver, and an HGV is no more or less complicated to handle than a car when it comes down to the actual controls! Once you’re out on the road, that’s where your Instructor kicks into action to identify any problem areas. For most drivers that means erasing bad habits, so he or she will be looking out for missed mirror checks, poor signalling and any road positioning issues whilst talking you through how to correctly handle the vehicle in a safe manner. The day will be broken up so that you’re not overloaded with information; most Instructors will pull into a layby to talk you through any points for improvement or to explain the next exercise.
Throughout the week your Instructor will gradually increase the amount of independence they’re giving you out on the road, for example on Day 1 you might find that they are giving you a running commentary of how to handle the vehicle and describing how to manage each feature of the road. However, by Day 3, you’ll usually find that they’re talking a lot less, instead spending their time observing what you’re doing and only pointing out areas where you need to change something or improve. Everything your Instructor does is geared towards the test day, when the Examiner will expect you to drive completely unaided, as you will be when you’re a professional HGV driver.
On the test day, the Examiner will ask you to conduct a walk round check of the vehicle. This is to ensure that you know how to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready to go out onto the road. You’ll then be asked to complete a reversing manoeuvre, which you’ll have been practising all week with your Instructor. Once the reverse is done, your Examiner will get into the vehicle with you, and then you’ll be off out onto the public roads! The Examiner will only give you directions and won’t normally make lots of conversation, but they are really friendly people who are just trying to let you concentrate! You may be asked to demonstrate a couple of basic safety manoeuvres, for example pulling into the kerb, applying the brake, and moving off again safely. Once you have been driving a while, the Examiner will then ask you to ‘drive independently.’ During this time, the Examiner will not speak, even to give directions. This part of the test is designed so that you can show the Examiner that you can use the road signs available to you to make decisions and follow a route. The Examiner will tell you where you need to end up, e.g. ‘Follow North Road towards Taunton’ but they’ll then expect you to be able to navigate on your own. You’ll have been travelling around the test routes all week with your Instructor, so you won’t find this a hassle at all. When you reach a certain point, the Examiner will chat to you again and direct you back to the test centre.
At the end of the test, the Examiner will talk you through the test result. Usually it’s good news and your Instructor will be ready and waiting to congratulate you on a job well done. However, sometimes things don’t go to plan, and if this happens your Instructor will listen to the feedback from the Examiner to find out what you need to brush up on in order to pass next time. This information gets passed to your Personal Training Adviser, who, whatever the result, will be ready at the end of the phone to help you take the next step towards your career driving HGV’s.
If you want to find out more about HGV training with Easy As HGV, we can send you a FREE information pack which you can read and discuss with your family. All you need to do is fill in this form, and we’ll get one sent out to you today! Or, if you fancy a chat, give us a call FREE on 0800 970 8447.