People would have shaken their heads or laughed at you if you asked about flexibility in HGV driving a few years back. Today, however, flexible working has evolved from basically non-existent to a luxury that few companies offered to a necessity in this day and age.
1. It’s Not a 9 to 5 Job
One thing that’s common for all HGV drivers is that you don’t work on the typical business hours. Your hours may change depending on the time, weather, day, etc. No two days will be the same. As such, you can bid the robotic feeling routine of getting into the office by 9 and leaving at 5 goodbye. Rather, your route will be planned out in advance and you’ll be off driving to varying places, delivering different packages. So, today, you might be delivering to multiple clients in Manchester, tomorrow, drive from Manchester to London and back, and on the following day, do a long-haul journey to deliver to the other side of the country. Although not fully flexible, you can pick the days to work as well as the distance, depending on the company you are working for.
2. Control the Working Environment
In this day and age, there are not many jobs where you have ultimate control over how your workspace looks like. Yes, you cannot make structural changes to the driver’s cab, but you can make the place really feel like your own. You can personalise the sleeping space, hang decorations, install mini-fridges, and generally make it a nicer place to spend your time. Ideally, you can play the music of your liking, podcasts, audiobooks (however loud you wish), wear whatever you wish, and even eat whatever you want without other individuals judging or nicking them. No flexibility in the workspace is one of the most common complaints in typical offices and, thankfully, this is something you don’t have to worry about as an HGV driver – you got your category C licence, and you are more than qualified to personalise your workspace.
3. Time Off
From the first point, becoming an HGV driver comes with the perks of being able to pick your working hours and days, such that they match your preferences. This ideally means you have some control over your time off. Heavy goods truck drivers are almost never limited to “whenever the employer says you can take off”. Instead, they get a bigger say in when and for how long they can take time off. This not only applies to the annual leave but also when it the week you work. This means if you need to be home on a particular day, you can tweak your schedule so that it allows it. This is a pro that not many HGV drivers talk about but can make a substantial difference.
4. Job Security
This might not seem like flexibility to many, but let us explain. HGV drivers have been in demand for several years now. The delivery industry has not only benefited from the pandemic, but the economy as a whole relies on such people to survive and thrive. However, there’s a shortage of drivers right now, and it has been happening for a while. This means that there is plenty of work for you if you decide to become an LGV or HGV driver in the UK. So, when it comes to picking the type of cargo, company to work for, and who to work with, you certainly have some flexibility.
And there you have it: 4 points that prove HGV driving is, in fact, a flexible job.