LGV Class C+E (HGV Class 1) retest day

I retook my LGV Class C+E (or HGV Class 1 – artic) driving test today at the early time of 08:45, having failed on my first attempt a few days ago.

This time, I got the reversing part of the test right. Once that was over, I breathed a small sigh of relief, even though it was only the first thing I did on the test.

The rest of the test went fairly smoothly, if not brilliantly. I made 9 minor faults, which is the most I’ve made in a test. Fortunately, you’re allowed up to 16. Once I’d done the trailer change back at the test station, which is done after the road driving, I felt it had gone reasonably well, and was chuffed to bits when the examiner told me I’d passed.

Thank God for that. No more driving around Northampton, no more driving tests, and no more stress!

Phew!

No Yorkie for John

Took my LGV Class C+E driving test today (or, as most people know it, HGV Class 1), following a week’s training around Northampton.

Unfortunately, I messed up my reversing exercise, which is one of the first things you do at the test station, when I hit the cone you’re supposed to back up around.

At the time, I was gutted and requested a test stop. In retrospect, I should have continued with the test for the sake of experience, but I was not in a good frame of mind at the time and to be honest, I was sick of Northampton by today.

At least I’ve got the training out of the way now, so I feel a little less stressed. It’s funny, but eight hours’ driving a day for five days under constant supervision really takes it out of you.

Nevertheless, at least the training’s out of the way – now I’ve just got to pass the damn test!