The Lowdown on LGV’s, HGV’s And Licensing

The term LGV and HGV are sometimes thrown around almost at random and their use will vary depending on who you talk to. Many of the older drivers will still refer to LGV driving, while newer drivers will exclusively say ‘HGV’. But what caused this fracture in terms, and what do they mean anyway? Today we dig into the reasons behind both of these terms, what the differences are and what that means for licensing.   What’s A LGV? In […]

Detecting Driver Tiredness With A Smartphone

Driver tiredness is one of the biggest threats on our roads at the moment. Driver tiredness claims thousands of lives every year – more than drink driving. If you don’t believe us, consider this: Almost 20% of major accidents on the road are sleep-related Sleep-related accidents are more likely than others to result in a fatality or serious injury Peak times for accidents are in the early hours and after lunch Men under 30 have the highest risk of falling […]

Staying Safe With HGVs

Unfortunately, HGVs aren’t portrayed very positively in the media. Whether it’s talking about accidents, silly mistakes or a national driver shortage, HGVs rarely come off well. Simply type HGV into Google news and you will find dozens of bad news stories. But these things don’t actually happen as often as news outlets like to claim, thanks in part to the extensive safety measures put in place on all HGVs. So today, we want to take you through what some of […]

The Truth Behind The Ultra Low Emissions Zone

If you’re based in or around London, you’ve probably already heard that new plans have been unveiled to introduce an ‘Ultra Low Emissions Zone’ around central London. This zone will mirror the congestion charge zone and be monitored in the same way, and apply to all classes of vehicle. So if you drive an HGV into, around or through central London, listen up.   Why We Need An Ultra Low Emissions Zone As you may or may not be aware, […]

Brexit And Its Impact On HGV Drivers

  I bet that’s not a headline you’ve read before? Over the past year, there have been all sorts of arguments and debates over Brexit and its impact on various things, from the economy and the value of the pound to passports and immigration. But not much has been said about the HGV and haulage industry, and what impact our parting from the EU will have on this fundamental sector of our economy. You see, many of our professional driving […]

Second Time Lucky – Retaking Your Test

If you want to become an HGV driver in most European countries, you will need to complete something called a Driver CPC – which stands for certificate of professional competency. This means you have been deemed legally capable of handling a vehicle of such massive height, weight and length. The Driver CPC takes the form of 4 driving tests – 2 theory and 2 practical. You must pass all 4 to be awarded your Driver CPC. In this post, we’re […]

5 Things HGV Drivers Wished You Knew

In 2007, the Guardian published a really great article profiling what it’s like to be an HGV driver. The article looked very specifically at a driver who was on the road 5 days a week, away from home, driving full time. Some really interesting things came out of this article, and combined with our own observations, we have pulled together 4 things all HGV drivers on the road wished ordinary motorists knew.   HGVs Are Difficult To Manoeuvre While this […]

5 Ways You Can Save Fuel On Long Journeys

Fuel efficiency is one of the most important factors in modern road transport. With the basic engine manufacturing process honed to a fine point, the amount of fuel it takes to complete our journeys is mainly down to how we drive. For car drivers, this might not seem like much, but for HGV drivers who make long haul journeys regularly, this can add up to a lot of extra money. So as a professional driver it is important to learn […]

6 Myths About Driving A Forklift

Many people tend to be a little confused about what a forklift is, and what it’s like to drive one. Even more people believe it’s just like driving a car, so assume they can operate one if needed. The reality however, isn’t so simple. Driving a forklift is a very different style of driving to any other type of vehicle, and as such requires specialist training. So, we’re going to go all Mythbusters on you and reveal the most common […]

Santa’s Sleigh Is Struggling This Year Thanks To Lorry Driver Shortage

It’s that time of year again, and we want to ask you a question. Did you go online this year to buy Christmas presents for your loved ones? For a staggering 90% of people in the UK, the answer is yes. So if we assume just 1 present bought online by each adult in the UK, that’s 65.1 million parcels to be packed up and delivered across the country. But of course, it’s really much more than that, with many […]