Firstly, congratulations on successfully getting through the dreaded interview stages. Now for the hard part, actually starting! Your first day as an HGV Driver at your dream company is fast approaching, nerves are to be expected, but we’re here to help. Your first day at any job can be daunting but just remember to do the best you can.
To help assist you in your success we’ve put together some tops tips for you to follow to ace your first day as an HGV Driver…
#1 – Don’t be afraid to ask questions
It is better to be safe than sorry, so definitely ask questions about anything you are unsure about and do not just assume anything. No question is a silly question.
#2 – Take your time and don’t rush
This tip is especially important when conducting your daily morning vehicle checks. It is better to take your time and really check everything is in order than to quickly glance at it and guess it will be ok. Remember if you’re driving in difficult weather conditions to consider the factors that come with this.
#3 – Ensure your load is safe
As an HGV Driver, it is your responsibility to ensure that your load is secure. Just because someone else says it is secure doesn’t mean it is. So before you head off you must complete all your checks to ensure your load is safe and secure.
#4 – Do not drive if you are overtired
You know your body better than anyone else. If you are feeling tired, don’t risk it. Take regular breaks and never start a long journey if you are feeling tired.
#5 – Remember you are only human
Everyone who is trying something different for the first time will be nervous – it’s natural. Every driver had to start somewhere, only time and experience will help. Try to stay calm and relaxed and keep a positive mindset.