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Get wise, get ahead – DriveWise workshops in 2022

Driver Hire Training’s DriveWise portfolio of services are designed to be flexible and effective. Training can be delivered online as well as in-person, making it easier than ever for you to meet your duty of care for people who drive for work.

As part of the portfolio, we offer a wide range of workshops which can be adjusted to suit the specific needs of your business, your drivers and managers.

We can also provide a bespoke service if you have particular needs – because we understand that one size does not fit all. Specialist content in our bespoke courses might include company policies and procedures, use and operation of particular vehicles, driving in different countries or any other driving related topic.

Hemel Hempstead based company, Mason’s Minibus and Coach Hire recently used our bespoke service. Their Director of Business said:

‘I discussed some bespoke training that would develop our team in city and European driving, with a specific focus on delivering a great customer experience. We wanted training to end with an assessment where we could highlight any gaps, then work through on a one-to-one basis.

Steve [Driver Hire Training’s National Training Manager] completely understood what we were trying to achieve. He’s a fantastic trainer, incredibly professional in his delivery, up to date with current legislations and in tune with what we need to achieve. Our drivers found the day informative and excellent for building and expanding their knowledge.”

As we say goodbye to 2021, why not get ahead in 2022 and train your drivers?

For more information on our bespoke courses, or any of our other DriveWise services, contact us on the details below.

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The Benefits of a Career as a Driver

Man and woman stood by HGV

With 195,000 logistics organisations in the UK and 2.5 million people working in wider logistics roles, the industry plays an essential role in facilitating the UK’s prosperity, development and standard of living. HGV drivers are key to the success of the industry as they enable almost every part of people’s daily life – from stocking supermarkets and online warehouses to ensuring homes and businesses get power. A career in haulage can often be overlooked due to the misconceptions surrounding the job. However, working in the logistics industry can change your life positively and offer many attractive benefits. For individuals who enjoy being on the road – this is the perfect job. Plus, it comes with plenty of variation and the role offers a level of freedom that few other jobs can provide.  

In this article, we will discuss why seeking out a career as a HGV driver can be highly beneficial. 

1. Freedom  

People have different lifestyles as well as different responsibilities that they need to work around. Therefore, a 9 to 5 desk-based job isn’t an appealing career for some. As a HGV driver, freedom is one of your most important benefits. You can enjoy a very flexible role as you can often choose your hours based around your life. Plus, whilst telematics is an increasingly widespread and beneficial technology, you don’t have management watching your every move when on the road. In this industry, you can experience working more independently whilst still being part of a supportive team. Not to mention, the fulfillment you’ll feel every time you deliver goods to a customer. 

2. Job Security 

The demand for logistics and transportation is constantly growing – and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Readily available goods are needed across many different industries and people will always be required to transport these goods to wherever they need to go. Therefore, there’s plenty of work out there for anyone considering a career as a HGV driver, as firms look for new talent.  

Choosing to enter the logistics industry can offer you a long-term job with added security. This is because it’s not an industry that fluctuates nearly as much as other industries. The digital age may have even helped somewhat, as more people order online which means more deliveries need to be made.  

3. Career Progression and Development 

After completing the necessary tests and training, and acquiring your HGV licence, you’ll open yourself to countless driving opportunities and logistic positions. Building up your driving experience and obtaining certifications to drive larger vehicles will increase your job prospects too. By progressing like this in your career, you’ll open yourself to receiving a higher salary due to having enhanced expertise. 

4. Salary 

Being happy with the salary that you earn is important. A career as a professional driver is a great way to earn a good living from doing something you enjoy. The average salary for HGV drivers is £32,500 according to Totaljobs, and if you’re planning on going independent you won’t be capped by companies allocated salaries. Plus, HGV drivers are in high demand which indicates that many firms are willing to pay more in order to interest drivers.  Some companies also offer opportunities for uncapped earnings through voluntary overtime on top of guaranteed weekly hours, whilst still providing an ideal work/life balance.  

5. Travel, Variety and Diversity  

Perhaps one of the best benefits of becoming a HGV driver is having the ability to travel all over the country, and even abroad, to see new sights. Many of the jobs today don’t provide you with such an opportunity. With a career in the haulage industry, you could be in Germany one week and Spain the next. If there’s somewhere you’ve been longing to visit, a career as professional driver can facilitate this.  

As well as driving to different places, the types of jobs that you’ll undertake will also differ. Professional driving can offer not only offer different hours as mentioned before, but different distances and workloads too. To keep things interesting, some days you may complete a long-distance job whilst other days it may be a local delivery.  

6. Affordable Career to Enter 

The fees for lessons, if you’re not already a fully qualified HGV driver are not as high as you may think. It’s important to shop around and see what quotes are on offer. When it comes to the cost of the HGV licence, again, it’s not as costly when you think of the money you’ll be earning once you’re qualified and on the road. At Driver Hire, we’re proud to be part of this essential and important industry. Therefore, we’ve committed to delivering first-class training in order to gain your HGV licence, from the theory and practical tests to your ongoing Driver CPC.  

With all these benefits and more, it’s easy to see why people enjoy a career as a professional driver. You can benefit from job security, a good work/life balance and a competitive salary. What’s more, if you choose a reputable HGV training firm like Driver Hire, you can learn everything you need to know with highly experienced instructors, at an affordable cost. Therefore, if a career change is on the cards, the road transport industry may be your golden ticket.  

If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help kickstart your HGV career, call us on 0808 178 9977 or chat to one of our agents right now 


Everything you Need to Know about Trailers

HGVs lined up in a row

Trucks are the most commonly used means of transporting freight. By the end of 2019, cargo moved in the UK by HGVs increased by 1% in comparison to 2018, to 154 billion tonne kilometres. When trucks transport cargo, they require trailers to carry the load. In haulage, it’s important to use a trailer that’s suitable for the required job. However, as there are many different types of trailers, with each having a different load capacity and purpose, it can be difficult to determine which is best suited.  

In this article, we will discuss everything there is to know regarding trailers, with details on weights and considerations for each type.  

What is a Trailer? 

A trailer is an extra carrier that attaches to a truck whilst driving on the highway. It doesn’t have an engine; however, it does have wheels. This means that it must be attached to a HGV that has an engine, in order for it to be functional.  

The Different Types of Trailers 

In order to choose the best suited trailer for a job, first you must determine the type of load to be carried. For instance, if you’re transporting cargo that requires being protected from the sun – a closed trailer is suitable. Equally, if you’re planning on transporting load that’s already confined in a container – a flatbed trailer would be ideal.  

As demonstrated, each type of trailer has a different use. So that you can choose the right trailer for your freight, we will outline the different types below:  

  • Box Van Trailers 

Box trailers are one of the most common trailers you’ll find in the road transport industry. They’re often utilised for transporting expensive freight. This is because they offer exceptional security due to their rigid walls, whilst back-door loading makes it simpler to load and unload freight. Box van trailers can vary massively and therefore their dimensions and capacity can differ depending on the model.  

  • Tilt Trailers 

Tilt trailers are specifically designed to make it easier to secure and tie freight down. This is especially important for transporting hazardous loads. Tilt trailers can carry cargo that’s up to 32.3 tonnes. In terms of size, this type of trailer can be up to 13.6m in length and have a width of up to 2.5m. 

  • Curtain Trailers 

Curtain trailers, also known as curtain siders, are designed to offer easy access to your freight. They’re used in a wide range of industries for various types of cargo. They have a similar design to box van trailers. However, instead of back-door loading, freight can be moved on/off via the sides, which resemble movable curtains. These trailers can also be transported via trains as well as HGVs. Whilst dimensions and capacity may vary depending on manufacture and production year, typical measurements follow – L13.6m x W2.5m. This type of trailer typically has a load capacity of 32.8 tonnes 

  • Mega Trailers 

Mega trailers, sometimes referred to as jumbo trailers, have the same movable curtains as a curtain trailer. However, they also have an additional movable top cover. The leading feature of a mega trailer is its increased height (almost 3m) which means it’s capable of shipping taller or bulkier goods. In spite of their name, mega trailers have the same load capacity (32.8tonnes) and length (13.6m) as box and curtain trailers. 

  • Flatbed Trailers 

Flatbed trailers, also known as open trailers, are utilised for special transport and out-of-gauge freight. Different to many other types of trailers, these have no sides or roof (though temporary ones can be implemented). This means that with the correct ties, a flatbed trailer can transport freight that’s taller or wider in comparison to other trailers. However, this is still subject to safety regulations. Flatbed trailers can carry up to 31.9 tonnes of cargo, and they can be loaded from any direction (overhead crane, forklift side, forklift rear). However, loads often require tarps.  

  • Refrigerated Trailers 

These types of trailers also go by the name of reefer trailers. They’re mostly used for transporting fresh food, for instance, fruit and vegetables. Refrigerated trailers are specifically designed to keep the inside of the trailer at a suitable temperature. This ensures that products stored within remain fresh. These types of trailers typically have a load capacity of 31 tonnes, and a length of 13.3m and a width of 2.5m. Refrigerated trailers can only be loaded and unloaded from the rear with a forklift. In addition, a dock is also required to load and unload freight.  

  • Tarpaulin Trailers 

Tarpaulin trailers are ideal for securing valuable cargo for lengthy or bumpy drives. Their sides are made from strong aluminium. This not only makes it easier to secure goods but it’s also important if you’re transporting dangerous freight. These types of trailers can be up to 13.6m in length, 2.5m in width and carry a load of up to 32.3 tonnes.   

  • Low Loader Trailers  

These types of trailers are intended for transporting heavy cargo, for example, industrial machinery like cranes and bulldozers. Low loader trailers are set at a low level to the ground. This makes it easier to load and unload cargo. Low loader trailers are available in a wide range of sizes and weight capacities.  

  • Skeletal Trailers 

A skeletal trailer, also known as a chassis trailer, is a trailer frame that can transport containers. They can be fixed in length or can be extendable to offer resourcefulness in terms of the cargo and container size they can carry. Fixed skeletal trailers have no moving parts; therefore, they’re normally linked with reduced costs in comparison to extending skeletal trailers. These types of trailers can be used to transport more specialist goods, for example timber in the form of tree logs.  

As standard shipping containers come in several sizes, skeletal trailers can either be specific to one particular size, extendable to adapt to multiple sizes or have numerous twist lock locations to offer flexibility with sizes. 

Now that the different types of trailers have been outlined, choosing the most suitable one for the purpose of your job and load capacity should be much simpler. 

If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help, call us on 0808 178 9977 or chat to one of our agents right now 

Britain’s Most Congested Roads During Christmas

A blurred photograph of a traffic jam on a motorway featuring all types of vehicles

Christmas is fast approaching, and it’s easy to forget where so many of the things we rely on for a successful holiday come from and how they get to where they are. From the presents under the tree to the Christmas dinner on the table, it’s more than likely that these will have been transported to stores by HGV drivers. Therefore, it’s no surprise that UK roads experience a manic rush during the festive season. Commercial drivers are working hard to deliver your Christmas essentials on time, and of course, almost everyone will be travelling at some point to see loved ones to celebrate. Add in the typical winter weather conditions and it means HGV drivers – and everyone else – must take extra caution when driving during the holidays.

We analysed ONS data on road congestion between 2017 to 2020, as well as One Network data on planned roadworks across the most congested areas between now and the end of the year. Both of these allowed us to determine which major routes in the UK typically see the most delays for drivers, as well as which roads could potentially face more delays than usual.

If you’re driving home for Christmas or working during the festive season, you can find out more about the UK’s top 20 busiest roads in our interactive map below.

Tips: Staying Safe on Busy Roads

In 2020, 3399 HGVs were involved in road accidents, and these ranged from severe to fatal. Within this figure, based on involvement rates per billion vehicle miles, 81.7 occurred on motorways, and 267.8 occurred on A roads. Therefore, it’s important to be prepared ahead of any journey you’re taking this Christmas, whether it’s for work, or you’re driving home for the holidays – especially when driving in winter.

  • Plan your route in advance – without a plan in place for the route you’re going to take, it’s more likely that you’ll find yourself stuck in traffic delays. As well as this, you’ll spend more time on the road trying to work out where you’re going rather than staying alert. If you’re driving in London, check whether you’ll need to pay the Congestion Charge. And you’ll also need to check if your vehicle is affected by the capital’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ).
  • Perform regular safety checks – top up tyre pressures regularly as well as essential fluids (oil, screenwash, coolant, etc). By doing regular safety checks, you’ll not only be safer on the road, but breakdowns due to these factors are also less likely.
  • Be mindful of other road users – remember that your HGV is a lot larger than other standard vehicles you’ll be sharing the road with. Many road accidents occur due to careless driving, so make sure to be predictable when driving – indicate when you should and turn when expected. You need to ensure you’re doing everything possible, so other road users are aware of your next move.
  • Keep your distance – this is especially important when driving in winter. Make sure to leave more space for breaking as stopping distances in snow and ice can increase by as much as 10 times compared to normal weather conditions.
  • Monitor weather changes – when driving in winter, you may run into severe weather conditions so it’s best to check the forecast before setting off on any journey.
  • Prepare an emergency kit – if you’re doing a long-haul drive and get stuck in traffic, you’ll want an emergency kit at hand. Make sure to include things in the kit such as a mobile phone charger/portable charger, road map, extra food and water as well as extra warm clothing.

Planning ahead and knowing which roads to avoid this Christmas, will make driving home for the holidays, as well as working during the festivities a more smooth-sailing ride. And following our tips will help prepare your HGV if you happen to find yourself in a traffic jam this Christmas. From taking the correct safety measures to being mindful of other road users, you can reduce the probability of a road accident during this busy period. However, by having knowledge of the 25 busiest roads during the holidays, you can plan accordingly to deliver Christmas essentials, and get home promptly to spend festivities with loved ones.


Data was sourced using ONS data on road congestion in the last four years to determine:

  • Average delays (seconds per vehicle per mile) for major routes in the UK.
  • Average annual daily flow through count point on road number.

From this, we created a spreadsheet that showcased the top 25 busiest roads in the UK during Christmas. And for each road, we located which region they were in as well their local authority. We also used the One Network map to pull data on planned roadworks around the most congested roads before the new year.

Data from both sources allowed us to not only reveal which roads to avoid this Christmas, but whether these roads could see more delays than the usual due to roadworks.