Once you’ve completed your HGV training, your driving instructor will confirm that you’re ready for the HGV practical driving test (Module 3). The test lasts around 90 minutes, including an hour on the road. This test is not one to be taken lightly. Leading to a potentially lucrative career driving, LGV and HGV licence acquisition reflects the need for a high level of skill and competence. However, don’t panic. Here are a few key tips to get you on the road to success.
Making your practical test a success
1. Pre-test prep
In the days and weeks before your test, you can prepare yourself to help boost your confidence. You won’t know the actual route of your test until it starts, but you can familiarise yourself with the local test area.
You must take both parts of your licence to pass: theory and practical. Make sure you know the theory inside out. A good night’s rest the night before the test is a must. The test is intense: you need to be on top form.
2. Health and safety matters
On test day, show the instructor that you know the business. Perform a pre-use vehicle check showing that you understand the safety aspects. Make sure that you mount and dismount the truck facing forward and using the steps and handrails. Three points of contact, always!
3. Taking to the highway
Use your road sense at all times. Keep to speed limits, and be aware of traffic and road conditions. Trucks take far longer to stop than a car, so allow plenty of time for braking and keep checking your mirrors. You’ll need to shunt for the reversing exercise: you can try twice and get out of the truck once. Do what you need to do to get the truck in place.
The test has an allowance of 15 minor faults. If you make a small mistake, move on and continue to drive at your best.