There are a lot of job roles out there, but there is something enticing about being a van driver, and it’s easy to see why. As a van driver, you are responsible for collecting and transporting goods. You’ll deliver things from A to B, to customers and clients up and down the country. You might even find yourself heading further afield, as there are companies located everywhere. It’s also a hugely varied job, and you could be delivering anything from furniture to car parts, to plants and clothes. Plus, with a growing number of people embracing online shopping, van drivers are in high demand and there’s no shortage of career opportunities.
The Ins and Outs of Being a Van Driver
One of the main benefits of being a van driver is how flexible it is. You can pick from various shift patterns and working hours, as well as part time and full time work. There are even a range of temporary roles out there. This enables you to choose a job that works for you. If you choose a full-time contract, you will usually work between 20 and 42 hours per week. Though there are a lot of day shifts available, you will probably have to work evenings, weekends and overnight occasionally.
As a van driver, your day will begin by collecting the goods that you need to deliver. This could be from a warehouse, collection point or shop. Once the vehicle is loaded, you will then check your route and start driving. At your destination, you will be responsible for uploading the items and ensuring they get to the right person. You might have to deliver multiple packages to multiple places, and you might have to collect goods along the way.
What You Need to Become a Van Driver
You need a car driving license to be a van driver, which enables you to drive a car that is under 3.5 tonnes. The date that you passed your driving test will determine the size of delivery vehicle that you can drive. For example, if you received your driving license after 1st January 1997, you can only drive vans up to 3.5 tonnes. If you want to drive a van between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you will need a Category C1 driving license.
You will also need to have good communication skills to become a van driver, as you’ll be taking instructions, talking to customers and working with others. You will also need to be able to solve problems, think on your feet and stay calm when faced with the likes of accidents, road works and unforeseen weather.
Career Progression for Van Drivers
There’s a lot of career progression for van drivers, and you can really make the role your own. Additional training is available, which will enable you to drive special loads and dangerous goods. You could also consider driving larger trucks and lorries, or getting your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and adding more categories to your existing driving license.
Whether you want to be a van driver for the flexible working hours or because you love being on the road, you won’t struggle to find a job opportunity that ticks every box.
If you are looking to start your career as a van driver, get in touch with Abacus today, we have been hiring van drivers for over 30 years.