Fuelling your income with a driving career can be ideal for someone that loves driving. From driving a taxi to lorry driver to chauffeuring round celebrities, there are all kinds of road careers available. Whilst you may only need a basic license for some jobs, most require a little extra to get on the right route, as detailed below.
Research your chosen field
Every job has its pros and cons. Getting to know these by researching online and asking people in your chosen trade may give you a better idea if it’s the career path for you. Some career paths can also be competitive, especially entrepreneurial routes such as becoming a self-employed taxi driver or driving instructor. Know the market that you’re entering – if there are too many taxis in your area or the requirements are too high, you may be able to get a job in another town. Swotting up on a commercial driver’s guide may be useful to familiarise yourself with laws and restrictions.
Meet driving school entry requirements
Becoming a taxi driver or truck driver will involve taking extra driving schooling. Many driving schools won’t consider you if you don’t meet certain prerequisites. Generally, you have to be over 21 years old and have a clean driving record. You may be able to get away with the odd parking fine or speeding charge from a few years ago, but more serious criminal convictions such as drunk driving charges and past license revokes are likely to leave you ineligible. In some cases you may be able to take a driving awareness course to wipe your record clean of points.
Get your license
Once you’ve started taking lessons, you can think about booking your test and getting your license. The amount of tests you need to take can vary depending on the job you’re after. A taxi job in London may require a practical test and a theory test on The Knowledge. A trucking job may require a practical test, a theory test and a test on management hazardous or heavy goods. When it comes to the theory, there are lots of resources online that can help you with getting your license. For the practical test, getting your instructor to do a few mock tests can be beneficial.
Move your career up the gears
Once you have your license, your driving school may be able to offer a placement scheme. Entry level jobs can be unglamorous but they could help form a stepping stone to more higher paid and luxurious jobs. For example, working as a long haul driver for two years may allow you to seek work at bigger companies with fixed hours, whilst a few years taxi driving could lead you to look at jobs working for a wedding chauffeur hire company or limousine hire company. Alternatively, you can go self-employed and become an independent taxi driver or buy a lorry and start a removals company.