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The daily struggles of a HGV Driver

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The daily struggles of a HGV Driver

Working in the Logistics and Transport sector is not an easy job to do by any means. HGV Drivers deal with problems that other careers may not come across. This is fatigue to difficult manoeuvers and more. These issues can lead to serious health problems, both physically and mentally – and keeping on top of them can be hard work.

Fatigue

Have you ever completed a journey across a country (or maybe two)? All you can do is drive – and whilst this is a great way to see the wonders of the world, it can be very tiring (and quickly become boring) to listen to the same songs on the radio and to be sat in the same position for hours on end.

An unhealthy lifestyle

A life on the road can be a very unhealthy lifestyle in a number of ways. Sitting in a lorry for the majority of the day can be detrimental to the driver’s health and can also cause neck and spine issues.

The meal options on the road are not always the best or healthiest either, so often HGV Drivers diets are not the healthiest. Short haul drivers can sometimes take their own food in and make time for exercise in the evenings – but for long haul drivers who sleep in their trucks, this is near on impossible.

Mental health can also be affected due to being isolated and away from homes and loved ones for long periods of time.

Being on time whilst staying safe

Even though there are legislations and regulations in place to dictate how long a HGV Driver can actually spend driving – this can make it difficult to stick to tight deadlines. However, you must always remain safe for yourself and other road users. Here are some ways to say safe on the roads:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Stay alert at all times
  • Keep checking your mirrors (but be careful this doesn’t distract your concentration on what’s happening in front of you)
  • Be spatially aware
  • Stay focused
  • Do not lane hog – this can cause other drivers to speed up and over take which could be hazardous if they drive too fast.

Difficulty manoeuvring

So, manoeuvers don’t sound that bad to car/small van drivers, but when you drive a HGV that can be as big as 7.5 Tonnes, even having to navigate the HGV through busy traffic, narrow streets and through towns and cities without causing chaos can be difficult. It can be an exhausting task that can lead to high stress and anxiety, especially when you know you have to go through it all again tomorrow.

A HGV Drivers job is very demanding and it definitely not for everyone. It takes a certain kind of person to become a HGV Driver, but if you think you are up for the job, click here to see how we can help you.