COMFORT Driving School- Trucks

Comfort Driving 365 Galway HGV Rigid Truck (Heavy Goods Vehicle) driver training school. Truck Available for CPC Practical Test and Special Deals for Unemployed and FAS Employment Schemes on Truck Lessons

To obtain an HGV licence, you will need to undertake adequate HGV training since driving a truck requires skill combined with knowledge and the right attitude and driving techniques.

To become a professional driver you'll need:

* the demanding driving skills required
* the knowledge to deal with all the regulations that apply to your work
* a comprehensive knowledge of The Irish Rules of the Road including the meaning of traffic signs and road markings, especially those which indicate a restriction for HGVs

It is important that you have the correct training and instruction before taking your HGV practical test. The Road Safety Authority RSA introduced CPC recently and please visit their website for more details.  At comfort driving school you could master the techniques by Hourly, Half day, or Full day courses.

HGV Test Tips

Stay calm - During the HGV test, it is essential that you remain calm. An HGV examiner will take notice of your overall demeanour and level of anxiety. If you seem nervous, you are more likely to make a wrong decision that will negatively effect the outcome of your test. HGV Tests are always an anxious time for most people, but staying calm will make the experience easier and more pleasant for you.

Remember what you've learned - Prior to the HGV test, take some time to mentally go over the highlights of your training. Entering the HGV test with the material fresh in your mind will prepare you for any question that arises.

Prepare your vehicle - Make sure to take a good look at your truck before you go for your practical test and repair anything that might cause you to loose points on the test, such as a broken or burned out bulb.

Ask questions - If you are unsure of anything the HGV test examiner is telling you to do, ask them to explain. This will not count against you and could possibly mean the difference between passing and failing you HGV Test.

Show confidence - Being confident in your driving skills will show the examiner that you know what you're doing. If you come off as unsure of what you are doing, the examiner may give you a low score.

Be positive - Before you begin a manoeuvre, say these words to yourself, I can do this. This is easy.  A positive attitude about the test experience with help ease the situation.

Stay focused - Keep your mind on what you are doing at all times. Don't get distracted by trying to think ahead or reviewing what you have just finished. Focus on the task at hand only.


1) You must begin braking sooner, particularly when you have a load. Relax and remain calm be more matured. You are not driving a car.

2) You make wider right turns. You should begin your turn once a little more than 1/2 of your vehicle has passed the radius point of your turn (this will keep you from clipping curbs).

3) You won't accelerate that fast, so pull into faster lanes of traffic with caution.

4) You will have a more difficult time maintaining acceleration on ascending grades and a more difficult time slowing down on descending.

5) Know the height of your truck. e.g. 8.6ft

6) Your truck is probably wider than the cab meaning you have to drive more in the centre of the lane.

7) Make sure you adjust all your mirrors before you begin driving.

8) Make sure your load is properly placed and secured.

9) When backing into a space, take your time. You need to be about half the length of your truck away from any barriers that you have to navigate between. Begin making your turn into the space immediately at the point where you want to tires to rest when you are parked (i.e. with enough room to open both cab doors). You generally have to cut the wheel pretty hard if you have barriers on each side of you. Practice once or twice in an empty parking lot if you can, you'll feel better about doing it when the stakes are higher.

10) Signal your turns WAY in advance (TUG take use give). Check and check again that there's not someone driving a sporty little car just like yours trying to get around you.

11) Your mirrors are your best friend. Specially, live with your left mirror. Be careful making turns. Especially in petrol stations.

12) Right turns: Start _much_, _much_ later than you think. If there's no cars in the other lane, then use space there if you need it. (And check your mirrors when you turn, to see how close your rear tire is to the curb.) Once you've started turning, turn hard.

We have pupils passed the HGV test with a clean sheet ... zero faults ... it is a record. We teach simply different!!