I know driving on the road is a bit different to being on the track, but those were the things I loved! I used to really enjoy being alone in the cab, even though music etc wasn’t allowed.
And the breakdowns added a bit of excitement. Especially when you were being pushed back to the depot, down the steepest hill on the network by a tram 20 tonne lighter than you using a coupler that had previously broken during tests and a bloke in the back cab manually ready to try pump the air into the brakes if we broke free
Oh yeah I’ve seen a fair few YouTube vlogs on the subject, shows the good, the bad, the ugly.
I’d decided just before the pandemic that I wanted to crack on and do it once I hit 40. I’ve hit that target so it’s time to get on with it. Just so happens the pandemic has kind of helped, given you can just go straight for class 1. I’ve already found the company I’ll be using, they put you in a rigid to start with, to get used to the larger size and then move on to the big beast after X amount of hours
Just one small thing to consider as a new HGV driver (and I’m in no way trying to put you off) is that a lot of employers will not take on inexperienced drivers (I never have properly found out why), so you may have to look at agency work.
That said, unless agencies have changed in recent times, it is a very good way to gain the experience and also gives you some freedom to work when and where you want to.