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How To Drive For A Living In The UK

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The radio is playing the song you loved as a teenager, your mind is clear and it’s just you and the road stretching out in front of you. Don’t you think there’s something so meditative about driving?

It comes as no surprise that a lot of people want to drive full-time. And thankfully, if you want to, it’s possible for you. 

There are so many ways to get started in the automotive industry and becoming a driver is one of them. There are several different types of driving jobs in the UK including obvious choices like taxi driver or chauffeur. But there are two options that you may not have considered and we’d recommend looking into them. Here are two ways that you can drive for a living:


The role of a valet is to prepare the car and deliver the cars to the destination. This can include both long and short drives. This could be preparing the vehicles after they’ve been serviced or after they’ve been rented. If you enjoy looking after cars and having pride in their appearance, this may be the job for you.

One perk of the job is that there are usually no extra qualifications or licenses to begin your career as a valet. The average wage starts from £18k up to £26k a year. 

If a career in valeting sounds like your thing, you can find the latest valet jobs in the UK here. 

HGV Driver

If you’re wanting to travel to new destinations, take long drives alone, and pick your hours, becoming an HGV Driver might be the perfect way to drive for a living for you.


The role can include driving stock or even delivering vehicles to clients across the UK. You’ll need a full HGV license for this type of job. You can find more information about it on the government website. Although you may need that extra qualification to get the job role, the average salary is £30k-£40k. 

If this sounds like what you’re looking for, you can find the latest HGV Driver job roles here.

Once you know which driving career route you want to accelerate down, you can start making plans to get there and make driving your full-time thing. 

There are many vacancies for HGV Driver and Valet available on AutoSkills. You can find all the latest automotive jobs in the UK here. Or if you want more advice on beginning a career in driving or any part of the automotive industry, contact us to get started.