Class 1 Driver Job Description
As a Class 1 driver, you will be responsible for the safe transportation of goods around the country or even overseas. The job role of a Class 1 driver includes the following duties:
- Operating commercial vehicles up to and over 7.5 tonnes, including rigid trucks, articulated lorries, tankers, transporters and trailer wagons.
- Driving long or short distances.
- Planning delivery schedules and routes with transport managers.
- Supervising or helping to load and unload goods.
- Lifting and carrying goods.
- Making sure loads are safely secured.
- Following traffic reports and adapting routes if necessary.
- Completing delivery paperwork.
- Keeping up-to-date logbooks.
- Carrying out basic routine maintenance, such as oil, tyre and brake checks.
How to become a Class 1 driver
To become a Class 1 driver you’ll need to be over 18 years old (for many companies this may rise to over 21, for insurance purposes) and hold a full UK driving licence. You can gain the additional qualifications you need by doing specified training courses. Some companies may offer HGV driver training as part of an apprenticeship. If you already have some experience, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for work.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an HGV driver include:
- Customer service and administration skills.
- Be thorough and pay attention to detail.
- Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Able to accept criticism and work well under pressure.
- Able to use a computer and the main software packages competently.
- Able to operate and control equipment.
The average salary for a Class 1 driver is between £17,000 – £40,000 per year