HGV Truck Driving Experience - Background

Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited are a top rated HGV training company and have been trading in South Wales for over 20 years. Over this time the company has been known for providing an excellent customer experience and consistently receive 5-star customer reviews.

At Llandow we have a large training area, on a former RAF runway with a driving circuit of 1.5 miles, this allows plenty of time and space for you to settle in behind the wheel of a big hgv truck! Once confident with the handling of the truck and 45’ trailer you will be introduced to a series of challenges!

Our unique HGV truck driving experience is very much tailored to the individual’s skills and capabilities. The duration of the driving experience is for one full hour, unlike other driving experience providers who often only provide a limited experience of just 15 to 20 minutes.

At Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited HGV Truck Driving Experience events, the price is the price. Nothing extra to pay on the day! We do not have any ‘hidden costs’ such as paying for track fees, insurance cover or damage waivers.

We want you to arrive and enjoy the experience with butterflies in your stomach and most importantly of all, leave with a big smile across your face!

Driving Experience - Upon Arrival

You will be met by your instructor who will provide you with a safety briefing and introduce you to the basic controls of the truck.

The truck is a large DAF tractor unit with a sleeper cab and you will be towing a full size tri-axle 45’ curtainsider trailer.

Once you are comfortable and familiar with the vehicle, we can adjust the driving seat and mirrors, it will then be seatbelt on, and you will be ready to start up the engine and go!

Driving Experience - What Can You Expect

Your HGV truck driving experience will be spent on a very large private site with you and the instructor. You will not be sharing any of the time behind the wheel with another customer. All truck driving experience events are carried out on a one-to-one basis.

The HGV driving experience will be conducted around a 1.5 mile circuit and initially consist of driving at varying speeds, light steering movements and some controlled braking exercises.

As you gain confidence you will be encouraged to tackle more challenging manoeuvres such as large 180° U-turn, a slalom course, tight 360° turns, conduct an emergency stop, some trailer reversing skills and time permitting disconnect and reconnect the trailer.

Up to 3 guests per person will be welcome onto the site, with plenty of opportunities for you to take free photographs and videos both inside and outside of the cab to record your experience.

At the end of the session all participants will be presented with a certificate of achievement, a mystery gift and a £10 gift voucher which can be spent on refreshments at the local Llandow Circuit café.

Driving Experience - Dates for 2024

In general, with a minimum of 28 days notice an HGV driving experience can be arranged at our circuit in South Wales during the working week (excluding bank holidays) Mon to Fri from 8am to 2pm.

Throughout the year, the weekend dates below are also available:

  • Sat 27 Apr 24 – Morning
  • Sat 27 Apr 24 – Afternoon
  • Sun 26 May 24 – Morning
  • Sun 26 May 24 – Afternoon
  • Sat 15 June – Morning
  • Sat 15 June – Afternoon
  • Sat 6 July – Morning
  • Sat 6 July – Afternoon
  • Sun 28 Jul – Morning
  • Sun 28 Jul – Afternoon
  • Sat 17 Aug – Morning
  • Sat 17 Aug – Afternoon
  • Sat 7 Sep – Morning
  • Sat 7 Sep – Afternoon
  • Sun 29 Sep – Morning
  • Sun 29 Sep – Afternoon

Further weekend dates for June, July, August, September and October to be announced.

Please be aware weekend events will not be held during the winter months of Nov 24 to Feb 25.

Driving Experience - Important Notice

Please arrive on time, if you are late you may well lose time in the truck, which you have paid for.
After a purchase is made, free cancellation and full refund is available within 14 days of purchase.
Each gift experience is valid for 12 months and 28 days from the date of purchase.
All driving is on private land, the minimum age to drive is 16 years old.
Persons under the age of 18 years must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You should be in reasonable health being able to climb up and step down several steps from the cab.
The minimum height to safely operate the controls of the vehicle is 5’ 2’’ (157.48cm).
Safety boots are not required, but please wear suitable flat soled footwear such as trainers.
If you wish to uncouple and recouple the trailer there may be a transfer of grease and dirt, therefore please be aware and dress accordingly.
Should anyone appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs the event will not take place.
Smoking or vaping is not permitted in the vehicle.
Up to three spectators for each participant are welcome.
Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead and always supervised by a spectator.
Refreshments can be purchased a short distance away at The Café near Llandow Circuit.
Please be aware of Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited Trading Terms and Conditions.