“I’ve always loved driving big vehicles… But because you never saw any lady truck drivers I didn’t think it was possible.”
Kirsten Latimer – Class 2 Driver
Class 2 Driver, Dundee
Kirsten Latimer is having the time of her life. After passing her category C HGV driving test earlier this year, she’s fulfilling her long time dream – making her living driving a lorry. It’s certainly quite a career change for Kirsten. She’s spent the last 30 years working in the pharmaceutical industry most recently running clinical trials. During that time, Kirsten also brought up a family. But with the children having flown the nest, she was looking for a change.
“I’ve always loved driving big vehicles,” says Kirsten, who’s one of the team of temps at Driver Hire Dundee. “But because you never saw any lady truck drivers I didn’t think it was possible. Then, one day, a young lassie delivered some goods to my house. We had a chat and that got me thinking that there was a very real opportunity to drive for a living.”
Kirsten self-financed a course with a local HGV driving school, passed her test and she’s now out on the road, fulfilling her dream.
“Driving is a perfect job for me,” she continues. “In the cab you’re your own boss. But, doing multi-drop work you’re constantly meeting and interacting with a real mix of people.
“I’ve been mostly working for local builders’ merchants so the job can be quite physical at times – particularly with curtain-siders. But I quite like that. Working for Driver Hire is giving me the opportunity to try different types of driving jobs to find out what I like and don’t like. But I just love being in a lorry, building the experience I’ll need to land a permanent job at some time in the future.”
This feature was put together as part of Driver Hire’s campaign to raise awareness of National Lorry Week. Read more on National Lorry Week here.