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Life on the road

If you love driving then maybe you have considered doing it as a job. If life on the open road takes your fancy then maybe you should consider one of the following career paths.

Be a taxi driver – there are two types of taxi, hackney carriages that can be hailed on the street or private hire vehicles which must be booked in advance. Licensing requirements vary from council to council but you will most likely need to undergo a medical check, a Criminal Records Bureau check, have a driving licence and there may be a test of local area knowledge. For Taxi Chester, visit http://www.chestertaxis.co.uk/.

Be a bus, coach or minibus driver – you’ll need some advanced driving skills for this challenge. You’ll need to learn how to handle a larger vehicle and about the safety of your passengers. To be a professional driver you’ll always have to have the following attributes:

  • To be a good driver and be responsible for what they do while driving
  • Ability to fully concentrate on what they doing
  • Have good anticipation of what could happen around them
  • Patience with other road users
  • Confidence in the ability to drive safely

Become an LGV driver – obtaining a licence to drive large goods vehicles can open up many opportunities for driving for a living. You could deliver materials or produce for shops, drive box-containers or curtain-sided vehicles, drive tankers containing hazardous materials or deliver refrigerated produce using a temperature-controlled vehicle.

Life on the road

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Become a specialist vehicle driver – these are vehicles that don’t fit into the other categories and include things like agricultural or forestry tractors, road rollers, track laying vehicles and mowing machines. You won’t need a licence to use these vehicles off road but there are age limits for use.

Being a driver means that you can provide a valuable service for many people. You can earn an excellent wage and be out and about every day, which might sound fantastic if you can’t stand being in an office environment. Being a delivery driver for example means you could be collecting goods and loading vehicles, planning daily routes for on-time deliveries, keeping accurate records relating to fuel, mileage and deliveries, unloading goods at customer locations and returning undelivered cargo at the end of the shift.

If you’re one of the select few, you can become a test driver. Test drivers, motoring journalists and some salespeople will be lucky enough to get paid to drive new cars. Test drivers are paid by manufacturers to check safety and performance of a wide range of new cars not yet on the market. The best way to land this sought off position is a degree and then a master’s in mechanical engineering, so it’s not an easy road (pardon the pun). You could then get an engineering job with a car manufacturer which could lead to a test driving position.

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