Career outlook for large goods vehicle driver
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would drive on long journeys around the UK and abroad to deliver goods and raw materials to customers.
You could move everything from food to fuel, transporting loads from depots, distribution centres and warehouses to shops, factories and businesses.
You would drive commercial vehicles over 7.5 tonnes including:
- Rigid trucks
- Articulated lorries
- Trailer wagons
Apart from driving, you would:
- Plan delivery schedules and routes with transport managers
- Supervise or help with loading and unloading goods
- Make sure loads are safely secured
- Follow traffic reports and change your route if necessary
- Complete the delivery paperwork and log books
You might also do basic routine maintenance such as checking the oil, tyres and brakes before and after journeys.
You’d spend a lot of time by yourself. You’d need to be a good driver and able to concentrate for long periods. You would need to follow the safety regulations for driving and handling the loads.
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