Fancy feeling like the king of the road on a truck driving experience? Well, you've come to the right place. We think there's nothing like taking the wheel of a huge articulated truck. A long way from the stereotype of Sun-reading, Yorkie-bar munching truckers at the wheel with the CB radio on, these modern HGV trucks have super-comfortable cabs. There’s even aircon, hydraulic driving seats and all the GPS gadgets you need on board too.
Oh and did we say they have 16 gears? A fully-loaded lorry may not be the fastest when it comes to acceleration, but they are the powerful workhorses of the road. On these experience days you will be driving a proper rigid truck or a cab complete with full-sized curtain-sided trailer hooked up. Ain't nothing gonna stand in your way in an eighteen wheeler! Read more...
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What is it that fascinates us all about driving a big truck? Maybe these experiences take you right back to your childhood when on very long drives to the seaside kids used to wave at Eddie Stobart lorries on the motorway in the hope that they would wave back or flash their headlights!
Now it's your chance to actually step up to the challenge of being a bonafide trucker. And as these experiences are all conducted on private land away from the public roads, there's no need for you to have a licence to drive one of the multi-wheelers. We think you'll love the sensation of being high up in your cab looking down on the road that's way below you.
Of course, the normal tasks for a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver are to load, secure, transport, unload, deliver and collect goods. On these sessions you won't be doing any of that, but you will be practicing the sort of tricky manoeuvres truckers perform every shift, including reversing into a loading bay, going round roundabouts and dealing with junctions.
Some of the large goods vehicles (LGVs) that are available are actually articulated lorries used for transporting cars to track days. These are solid-sided behemoths of juggernauts that look rather like the sort of trucks you see all neatly lined up in the pits at motorsport events around the UK and worldwide.
Thankfully you won't be responsible for the precious cargo onboard whilst you drive, as the lorry will be empty. But you will be taking the truck on the track - and you'll be amazed at just how well these things handle the corners, as shown in this truck driving video taken at Blyton Airfield.
Drive an HGV at a proper truck driver training centre
We also have lessons that take place at purpose-built centres where drivers can go to train for their C1 (up to 7.5 tonnes) and C (over 7.5 tonnes) licences and take the Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) to become fully qualified LGV drivers. The set ups at these schools are very realistic and designed to give and insight into what it'd be like negotiating the A roads of the UK in a huge lorry.
We have even had IntotheBlue customers who want to try truck driving to see if that's the career they want to do. So who knows, if you've always fancied being a trucker sitting high up in your cab hauling anything from new cars to lorry loads of pallets piled high with groceries, all whilst clocking some serious mileage on your tachograph, this is the perfect experience for you. Are you ready to go truckin'?