Misconception #1 – All Truckers Are Men
While truck driving, like the construction industry, has generally been perceived to be a largely male-dominated field, in the UK and other countries around the world the number of female truck drivers is on the rise. By July 2018 a mere 5% of commercial driving licence holders were female. However, women are showing that in this industry they are equal to men with a higher number of women entering the profession than ever. In fact, we have found that in many instances female truck drivers are even better drivers than many of their male counterparts!
Misconception #2 – Drivers Are Undervalued
The saying “Out of sight is out of mind” may apply to many instances, but not when it comes to truck drivers as they are the driving force behind most businesses (no pun intended). Without the transportation of goods, our world just could not function properly. There would be food shortages and eventually nothing at all to buy, locally or online. All the useful and interesting stuff people are used to ordering from places like Amazon, for example, would be meaningless if it can’t be delivered to retailers or to your doorstep.
Misconception #3 – Anyone Can Drive a Truck
Technically, with the right HGV training, anyone can learn to drive a truck. However, trucking is not for everyone and some people will find it suits them better than others. We recommend that potential HGV drivers visit a few of the trucker forums online to learn from drivers what their first-hand experiences are in a career of truck driving and the many ups and downs associated with the profession. Although trucking can be a rewarding career, for some it can be tough to navigate its many pros and cons.
Misconception #4 – Truckers Cause More Accidents
In fact, HGV drivers are better trained than most other drivers on the road and are therefore more careful and safety conscious. Statistics show that most accidents that involve large trucks are caused by vehicles driving in the trucker’s blind spot. When you consider that truckers easily cover up to ten times the mileage done by an average motorist just while working, it stands to reason that they have a lot more driving experience that stands them in good stead.
Misconception #5 – HGV Drivers Are Badly Paid
While there are some trucking companies that don’t pay drivers as well as they should, this is by no means the norm in the HGV driving industry. A typical annual starting salary for HGV driving can range from £19k – £24k and can increase significantly as more training and experience is gained. For example, at Platinum Drivers Scheme, the most experienced drivers can earn in excess of £40k a year.
Misconception #6 – Truckers Are Uncultured
As HGV drivers come from a wide range of cultures and have the opportunity to visit many different places and experience a number of sights and things, this is nothing but a snobbish and daft assumption to make. Truckers go to exciting destinations and get to meet lots of interesting people across the UK. In some cases, this could include travelling across Europe or even to places farther afield.
Misconception #7 – HGV Driving Is Lonely
As most HGV drivers are constantly sharing stories with other truckers and meeting new people, it is actually a very sociable profession and not at all lonely. With a career in trucking, you will travel all over the country from one interesting destination to another and become a valued member of a supportive trucking community.
Misconception #8 – All You Do All Day Is Sit
Although a fair amount of time is spent driving which requires sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle, HGV driving involves a great deal of responsibilities that need to be fulfilled such as route planning; inventory taking; managing loading and unloading of goods; and many more. Training courses, like those available at Easy As HGV, are vital. Of course, looking after themselves and staying active is just as important. Evidently there is a lot more to truck driving than just sitting.
HGV driving is a rewarding and serious career practised by a diverse selection of well trained and dedicated professionals. You will find that truckers are some of the most reliable, committed, and hard-working people you will ever meet.