Have you ever noticed the big cab that sits on the front of a lorry and wondered what was inside? The inside of these cabs can be quite luxurious, although most of them are pretty spartan. Over the road truckers often spend weeks at a time on the road, so their cab becomes their home away from home. This month, we’re going to give you a virtual tour of an HGV cab and show you what it’s like to live on the road with your HGV licence.
The Sleeping Area
Most lorry cabs contain an area where the driver can get some rest. These areas usually comprise most of the space in the cab. All HGV drivers are required to stop and rest after driving a certain number of hours. If a driver has an overnight trip, it would be very expensive to stay in a hotel every time they needed to stop overnight. This is one of the reasons that the HGV has a nice-sized sleeping area where the driver can get some sleep. You may also have noticed that some cabs appear longer or higher than others. This is because these cabs have extra space so the driver, no matter how tall, can sleep. The sleeping area usually isn’t very luxurious, but they do contain the essentials. They will come equipped with a bed and sometimes a small refrigerator.
The Driving Area
Of course, the primary reason for a nicely appointed HGV cab is to make the drive easier on the driver. All HGVs are equipped with driving tools and parts that are designed a little larger than those found in regular vehicles. For example, the steering column and the steering wheel are larger than they are in a car. This means there must be extra space between the dashboard and the seats so the driver can operate turn the steering wheel comfortably. Seats in the HGV cab should be large enough to seat three people. The dashboard is also larger to accommodate the extra instruments used by HGV drivers. These include a satellite navigation system for communicating with the company and a tachograph that monitors how the driver is doing at the wheel. The dashboards on an HGV are usually larger than in the standard cab since they have to hold so many instruments and position them close to the driver’s reach.
Drivers need to carry a host of items when they are on an extended HGV trip. They must carry official forms and notes along with drinks and food. They also need to be prepared for any type of weather so often have an assortment of jackets and perhaps an umbrella. They also carry emergency supplies such as flares or a shovel and entertainment for when they have to sleep over on the road. Drivers need somewhere to store all of these supplies. This is why the designers of the HGV cab ensure they use every bit of extra space in the cab. For example, there is a storage compartment under each seat in the HGV cab. This is a great place to store those essential items that drivers take on every trip.
Drivers are trained to be prepared for anything. This is why they carry so many additional items in their HGV cab. These drivers literally live in their vehicle. HGV drivers frequently use their cabs as their home away from home, especially when they are on long or overnight trips. The HGV cab is designed to be self-contained, so a driver has everything they need for an extended trip. They can sleep, eat, and even watch videos right in their cab. Some drivers even bring along a portable cookstove or another type of cooking tool so they don’t have to eat at restaurants all the time. This saves them a great deal of money. The only thing that doesn’t have is a bathroom. Many drivers end up setting their HGV’s up like a small flat. Everything is included and provides the driver with a comfortable place to rest up.