Things to Know If You’re Thinking of Becoming a Lorry Driver

Driving a lorry for a living can be a great way to make a living, especially if you’re not the type of person who likes to be stuck behind a desk all day.

There are certain things you should be aware of if you want to become a lorry drive though.

Below are some of the most important.

It can be very stressful


It might seem obvious but driving a lorry for a living can be very stressful at times. A lot of the time is spend driving on motorways, which is usually the least stressful part of the job since there’s enough room to maneuver but driving in built-up cities, on narrow roads is when it can be a lot more challenging. Because of this you should be the type of person who can deal with such stressful situations well.

You’ll be away from home a lot

As a lorry driver, you can also expect to be away from home a fair amount, especially when driving across the country. Depending on the hours you work, you’ll often need to stay overnight at the various locations you deliver to. This isn’t a problem for everyone but if you have a young family then it might not be the ideal situation.

You’ll need the right cover

Lorries are much larger and more expensive than an average car so you need to get a special type of cover for them. Depending on the company you work for, insurance might not be something you need to take care of yourself but if you do, you’ll want to find out what cover options are available and get a policy that suits your needs.

You can find out more about truck insurance at

You’ll need the right training


In order to drive a lorry, you need to acquire the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in order to show that you can competently and safely drive such a large vehicle. There are plenty of good training companies out there who you can get your CPC training from.

You’ll need to meet the requirements

Not just anyone can become a lorry driver. You need to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to drive a truck and do your CPC training. Two of the most basic requirements are that you’re at least 18 years old and have a full UK driver’s licence.

Click here for the full requirements for becoming a lorry driver in the UK.