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Want to Pass Your HGV Driving Test? 20 Tips & Tricks to Help You Out

You have recently finished your Surrey and Hampshire HGV training and you now have to take the practical test. The test should last about 1 ½ hours. It includes the reversing exercise, tell me show me questions, controlled stop and road drive. The instructor will have already explained to you the test scenario and trained you to the standard needed to pass.

Here are Our Top 20 Tips and Hints to Help You Get the Desired Results

1. Make Progress

It is one of the most important tips. It is always important to make progress where it is safe to do so. You must demonstrate that you can keep up with other traffic and know what the speed limits are.

2. Forward Planning

You should avoid leaving everything to the last minute. Keep in mind that a truck takes longer to stop than a car.

3. Use the Reversing Marker

The best way to ensure that you get the back of the truck perfectly into the box is to use a marker fixed to the rear mud guard of the truck. The instructor will advise you more on this.

4. Licence

Always remember both parts of the license as well as the theory test certificate. If you don’t have these documents, you won’t take the test.

5. Pre-Drive

It is not a good idea to train for hours upon hours on the day of the test. You should be fresh and ready as opposed to drained and tired. A pre-drive of 40 to 60 minutes is advisable.

6. Mirrors

You must always remember to check your mirrors before your do anything i.e. speeding up, slowing down, moving off, changing gear, etc.

7. Gears Mean Go, Brakes Mean Slow

Using the gears to slow down is not acceptable and will probably cost you faults. Any competent driver uses the brakes to slow and then chooses an appropriate gear to proceed.

8. Know the Test Area

You will probably not know the test route before the day of the test. However, you should be familiar with the testing area.

9. Stopping

You will be asked on several occasions to stop the vehicle where it is safe to do so. If the examiner asks, you shouldn’t continue to drive for an additional 0.5 mile. Stop safely within the shortest time possible, apply the handbrake, select neutral, and cancel the indicator.

10. Face Forward

It is always a good idea to face forward both when mounting and dismounting the track. You should use the steps and had rails for this.

11. Meeting Oncoming Traffic

Be ready to slow down or even stop your vehicle when meeting large oncoming vehicles. It becomes easier to assess an awkward situation when you are either moving slowly or completely stationary.

12. Be Refreshed

It is always a good idea to go to bed early the night before the test.

13. Smooth Ride

Keep in mind that the examiner is also human and appreciates a smooth ride just like the rest of us.

14. Vehicle Checks

Always do a pre-use vehicle check before the test. You can cover all the possible tell me show me questions when doing the check.

15. Seat Belt

Always take off the seat belt when performing the reversing exercise. It only gets in the way. However, you should not forget to put it on again after completing the manoeuvres.

16. Mirrors, Again

It is always advisable to check the mirrors and blind spot when moving off from any stationary position.

17. Dress the Part

You are not required to wear a suit, but you should at least wear comfortable attire and work boots.

18. Avoid Dwelling on Mistakes

It is still possible to pass your LGV practical driving test even after committing up to 15 minor faults. If you have made a mistake, move on and forget all about it. If you dwell on your previous mistakes you will be more likely to make additional mistakes.

19. Reversing Exercise

You can take up to two shunts, if necessary. If you do take a shunt, be sure to use it. You can also get out of the vehicle one time. You can use this to make sure that you have placed the rear of the truck in the proper place.

20. Mobile Phone

It should always be switched off when the test is underway.