As a delivery driver, you are faced with unique safety risks that other drivers don't have to think about. Whether you're working in the UK or elsewhere, it's important to take extra precautions to stay safe on the road and this UK Courier Survival Guide will help you do just that. You'll learn tips and tricks on how to stay safe whilst driving, as well as strategies for avoiding common dangers.
With this guide, you'll be able to navigate the roads confidently and with peace of mind, no matter where your job takes you. So buckle up and let's get started!
There are a lot of hazards you may encounter as a delivery driver. You could be involved in a traffic accident, or your vehicle could break down and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Couriers also face the risk of being attacked whilst they're on the job, whether they are in the truck or getting out to drop off or pick up deliveries. Another risk that delivery drivers face is exposure to the weather, because most delivery jobs take place outside. If you're working in a place that has extreme weather conditions, it's important to make sure you have the right kinds of clothing and equipment to keep yourself safe.
One of the best ways to stay safe whilst on the road is to make sure your vehicle is equipped with the right safety features. These include things like a high-strength seat belt, an airbag for the driver and passenger, anti-skid brakes, and a collision warning system. These are important features to have regardless of your job, but they're especially important for delivery drivers.
Some of the best safety features for delivery drivers are blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and a rear-facing camera. Blind spot monitoring can help you see cars in your blind spot so you can change lanes safely and avoid a dangerous situation. Lane keep assist can help you stay in your lane, even if you're tired or distracted. And a rear-facing camera can help you see pedestrians and other obstacles behind you so you can avoid hitting them.
Stock up on emergency supplies. You never know when you might get a flat tyre or run into another type of car trouble. Make sure you always have a full supply of tools and emergency supplies in your vehicle just in case.
Stay connected to your vehicle. Most newer vehicles come with a wide range of connected services. These can help you monitor the health of your vehicle in real-time and save you a lot of headaches down the road.
Prepare for the worst. Even though you hope that nothing bad happens whilst you're on the road, it's important to be prepared for it. Make sure that you have a first aid kit in your car, as well as an emergency kit with a fire extinguisher, flashlight, high viz jackets and a hazard triangle; some of these are a legal obligation in some parts of Europe and quite rightly too. You should also have a full tank of fuel before you start driving, as well as a fully stocked car kit.
Avoid driving at night. Although some deliveries may take place after dark, you should always try to avoid it. it can be more dangerous, and you are several times more likely to get into an accident than if you were driving during daylight.
Park your vehicle safely at night. Avoid parking on isolated roads, in dark areas, and even in poorly lit parking lots and make sure your vehicle is well secured and the alarm system (you do have one, don't you?) is fully activated.
Aggressive drivers (in other words, idiots) are a big danger on the road. Fortunately, most aggressive drivers are relatively easy to spot. Once you've identified an aggressive driver, there are a few steps you can take to stay safe:
If you're alone, avoid making gestures to the other driver. This can only escalate the situation. If the other driver starts to get out of control, take the following steps:
There are a few things you can do to stay safe whilst getting out of your vehicle:
Deliveries often happen after dark, and you want to be careful whilst you are out on the road, as well as when you are in your vehicle. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather, and that you have your lights on when you are out making deliveries. A high-viz jacket should be kept in your cab at all times so that you can put it on before leaving your vehicle during poor visibility.
As you can see, driving as a delivery driver comes with a unique set of challenges. Luckily, most of these challenges are avoidable. As long as you stay vigilant and make safety a priority, you can stay safe whilst driving.
Now that you understand the different risks and challenges of being a delivery driver, it's time to put them behind you. With this guide, you'll be well equipped to navigate the road and stay safe throughout your delivery shift.
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