HGV Driver TRaining

HGV Driver Training

DMP's  driver training division have a fleet of well-maintained vehicles specifically chosen to make gaining your licence as quick and easy as possible.

We have our own private reversing area located a short distance from our main training centre.

Our experienced and skilled driver trainers support our learners to achieve a high percentage pass.

Approach to delivering LGV and PCV Driver Training (PDF Download)

HGV Driver Training

Driving Assessments

DMP Training offer both LGV and PSV driver assessments which can have a positive impact on your business and can reduce your operating costs.

Our assessments are carried out by ex-DVSA driving examiners who are experts in driving analysis.  A driving assessment may be necessary for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Post-accident  
  • Pre-employment

Assessment Criteria

  • Driving impact on fuel consumption
  • Safe handling and defensive driving
  • Ability to minimise wear and tear
  • Ability to recognise and perceive hazards
  • Performing daily walk around checks
  • Road sense and lane discipline
  • Manoeuvring ability
  • Observing speed limits and traffic regulations
  • Uncoupling /re-coupling trailers (articulated vehicles only)

A full written report will be provided after the completion of the assessment with recommended remedial training if needed.

LGV / PSV Refresher Driver Training

Day 1 Looks at actions' drivers can take to ensure that their vehicle is road worthy as well as economical and efficient.  Drivers are shown how to carry out a full driver LGV daily check and record their findings.

The in-vehicle driver training starts with a licence and eyesight check to see that delegates are able to read a number plate from 20 metres - the standard DVSA "L" test eyesight requirements.

Vehicle and eyesight check - followed by an initial assessment carried out by the instructor to gain an understanding of the candidate's level of skill, followed by a full debrief.   

The instructor then gives a police style demonstration drive with a commentary to show just how far ahead it is possible to plan with good observation and anticipation. The principles of a "Systematic" approach based on the police driving manual "Roadcraft" are demonstrated during this drive.

The candidates are then invited to take a second turn behind the wheel and receive helpful tuition and advice. The training is tailored individually to work on any skills that can be enhanced to improve safety. The practical session finishes with a review of the day andquestions.

Day 2 This session is designed to help candidates become much more advanced in their approach to driving. During this session, we place focus on:

  1. Forward planning and observation– By seeing hazards much earlier, you will be able to plan accordingly. Sudden and unplanned braking and acceleration will increase your fuel consumption, not to mention causing increased wear and tear on your vehicle.  Furthermore, taking this proactive approach by planning and observing more effectively will make you safer too. Forward planning and observation underpin advanced driving, and is looked at in careful detail with you, on a number of roads and different situations. Feedback during the course is vital and forms a key part of the training.
  2. Speed awareness– Being aware of speed and speed limits (and sticking to them) will not only make a safer driver, and help avoid points on your licence, it will also make you a more fuel-efficient driver. Just by lowering your speed a little can have a significant impact on fuel economy, especially at motorway speeds.
  3. Use of controls– Skilful use of the vehicle controls, such as accelerator, use of brakes and gears will reduce wear and tear on the vehicle, and like with the points above, will help improve fuel economy.
  4. Reversing larger vehicles- Candidates will be taught how to reverse large vehicles to DVSA test standard on our dedicated reversing area.
  5. Final Assessment Drive- A full driving test scenario will be created with the candidate marked as they would be on an actual LGV driving test.  A full report will be produced and sent to the employer post training.

The training, which takes place in your own vehicle will cover a wide range of roads including:

  1. Motorways
  2. Dual carriageways
  3. Rural roads
  4. Urban routes

All training is delivered by ex- DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) registered advanced driving instructors, who specialise in delivering driver training for all categories of licence held.

Key Elements:
* Learn how to prepare your vehicle for safe operation on the road.
* Identify and eliminate habits, which will could be impacting on you fuel economy, and safety
* Become more skilful in all areas of driving

Course duration 8 hours spread over two days.

Below is a list of the main driver training categories we provide.

Category BE - Car & Trailer
Category BE - Car & Trailer

Towing familiarisation courses available. 

Category C
Category C

Category C Vehicles over 3,500kg + a trailer up to 750kg.This is the entry level HGV licence and the most popular.

Normally a 4 Day Training Course 

Category C+E
Category C+E

Category C+E The largest vehicle you can drive in the HGV industry. To obtain this HGV licence, you must already have a Cat C licence.

Please contact us regarding course lengths 

Category C1 - Vehicles 3,500kg - 7,500kg
Category C1 - Vehicles 3,500kg - 7,500kg

If you passed your car test prior to January 1997, you will have this entitlement already by rights.

Normally a 4 Day Training Course 

Category C1+E - As Cat C but with a trailer over 750kg
Category C1+E - As Cat C but with a trailer over 750kg

The Category C1+E course is for those who have already got a Category C1 licence and who want to tow a larger trailer.

Course over 4 days 

DVSA Videos

Module 1 Bus

Module 1 Lorry

Module 2 Bus and Lorry

Module 4 Lorry

Module 4 Bus

Daily Driver Walk Round Check (Lorry)

Daily Driver Walk Round Check (Bus)