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HGV Drivers Report In!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by shauncr91, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 3,436

    Location: Shropshire

    I was going west on M54 a few yeas ago and a artic had pulled over on the other carrageway and driver was having a dump by his front wheel - That made me think do any of you guy have a porta potty in cab
    I only drove a Transit but can say a bucket came in handy a few times. :o
     
  2. shauncr91

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,338

    Location: Sheffield

    I'd never have a dump in my cab, I won't even wee in a bottle. Just plan the journey and use a toilet before you set off, obviously if you've got bad guts then that's a different matter.
     
  3. shauncr91

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,338

    Location: Sheffield

    Got a wonderful day Monday, Barnsley > Newcastle > Barnsley > Newcastle. How exciting!
     
  4. Outcast

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,824

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    Can't be any worse than us having to do a double Luton ?

    We can do Peterborough to Taunton & Return quicker than a double Luton (Luton is only 1 hour 10 mins away from P'boro) because they are such utterly lazy gits !
     
  5. K.C. Leblanc

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 13, 2003

    Posts: 7,960

    Location: Glocestershire

    I've just got back from doing store deliveries in Wales, in the rain.

    Does anyone else find terbergs comical or is it just me?
     
  6. Outcast

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,824

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    Terbergs are tugs (I drive em sometimes)
     
  7. shauncr91

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,338

    Location: Sheffield

    I'd love a go at driving a Terberg.
     
  8. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,341

    Location: Chorley

    Arrow XL?

    Saw youre based in Wigan and it fits!
     
  9. utajoker

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2006

    Posts: 19,694

    Location: Wigan

    nah, got a bit of a bad rep my company :p

    my company is Bolton
     
  10. jsmoke

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2012

    Posts: 6,527

    Any tips for the training and test, is your trainer also your tester?
     
  11. Dr Who

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Nov 11, 2004

    Posts: 8,017

    Location: Wiltshire

    Yet all the companies I spoke to had no interest in taking me on with no experience so I went with a PCV licence instead.
     
  12. shauncr91

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,338

    Location: Sheffield

    Just like your car test, your trainer and examiner are seperate people. Where abouts are you in the UK?
     
  13. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,269

    Location: Leicestershire

    HGV class 2 driver here.

    Had my class 1 tests but failed automatically because I forgot to check trailer brake on hookup. Not got enough money for another test yet. Passed rest of test with 4 minors.

    On agency trying for a job but getting nowhere. Not sure how much longer I can try to be a driver because I need money.... been on agency for last 2years...

    I drive anything with wheels.
     
  14. jsmoke

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2012

    Posts: 6,527

    How was your class 2 test, any tips, how did you train apart from the actual training, did you write down a checklist beforehand etc?
     
  15. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,269

    Location: Leicestershire

    Nothing really because the only tip I can give is slow down. Don't rush into a situation. In terms of judging reversing, you are allowed to get out a few times - use that!

    Training was 4 days sharing driving with someone else and test in 5th day. Took me 2 attempts. Taken me 2 so far at class 1 and as said really annoyed about it. More to remember for a class 1 but same things apply.

    Don't rush in.
     
  16. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 22,584

    Location: On the road....

    That surprises me to read, we’ve got a few new starters here who’ve come on straight after passing their tests, I know as well a lot of the large operators (Stobart et al) will gladly take newly qualified drivers, I’d heard it was harder to go to PSV with no experience, I guess minibuses (PCV) are less stringent?

    I wouldn’t give up on hgv though, you will get a break eventually not to mention I couldn’t stand having a load that answered back! :D
     
  17. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 22,584

    Location: On the road....

    If it’s any consolation I failed my Class 1 first time around (clipped a roundabout as I was too used to driving rigids!) I’m assuming coupling up is now part of the test? I ask as the amount of new drivers I’ve encountered who have no clue as to how you couple up or drop a trailer never ceases to amaze me.

    On my test coupling was not part of it at all so I had to get another driver to show me what to do first time out after passing:o
     
  18. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,269

    Location: Leicestershire

    Failed it twice but not counting first time as it was early in the morning and I couldn't sleep so couldn't reverse at all. Failed before I did anything else as reversing is 1st thing done.

    Coupling up is part of the test now.

    When did you pass your test? I can't ever imagine coupling up not being part of the test!?
     
  19. Dr Who

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Nov 11, 2004

    Posts: 8,017

    Location: Wiltshire

    It's all PCV now (Public Carrying Vehicle not Public Service Vehicle) And the bus companies train the drivers. I can drive anything up to 60 foot articulated on their training.

    The gobby load is the worst part of the job :D
     
  20. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 22,584

    Location: On the road....

    Class 2 1997
    Class 1 2004, definitely no coupling required back then that or my examiner and trainer forgot that minor detail! :D