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Check before you go! Knowing your vehicle is a vital key to staying safe on the roads.

Check before you go!  Knowing your vehicle is a vital key to staying safe on the roads.

Sounds obvious, but busy professional van or courier drivers who are working to tight schedules and driving multiple vehicles could easily skip the vital steps to ensure they stay safe on the roads.

A few quick tips that come to mind are:

Adjusting your seat position and mirrors before you start the engine is the first step. You are likely to be driving for a while, so being comfortable in and a position where you can operate the vehicle comfortably is bound to be a key move. Checking the things which can be distracting is helpful too. Knowing how to manage the heating and radio is useful but knowing where to find the lights and wipers, so you are not caught out when darkness falls, or adverse weather strikes are paramount to your own and others road safety.

If you are driving for several businesses or driving a number of different vehicles in your own business, make sure you keep on top of your insurance cover. Members of How’s My Driving? are welcome to get in touch with Jelf, our affiliated insurance provider. Jelf will provide you with a hassle-free insurance assessment and a free no-obligation quote.

Do you remember to adjust your driving behaviour when your van is full? No doubt, you do, but when deadlines are tight, it’s easy to stretch the limits. Slow and steady still wins the race when a vehicle is loaded. A study by Volkswagen undertaken relatively recently revealed that even at just 30mph, a heavily loaded van takes an extra two metres to come to a halt than an empty van, with that distance increasing to five metres at 60mph. Despite the additional risk when carrying heavy loads, over half of the drivers surveyed in the study had no idea how much longer it would take for the van to stop. Granted, the drivers were rental drivers rather than professionals, but it’s a good reminder to all of us.

If you are a business owner, perhaps owning a courier firm and your business reputation rests on the behaviour of your drivers, you should look at the service How’s My Driving? offers. How’s My Driving? provides a road safety sticker scheme to logistics businesses of all sizes. It offers owners the ability to track their driver’s behaviours via real-time public reports. If a member of the public has a concern about the driving of one of your vehicles or wants to compliment a driver, they will ring a dedicated line and lodge their opinion. We will report comments to you, and you will be able to act upon them.

How’s My Driving? is the best value brand protection schemes available for business owners as it is led by your customers, the public! Why not give us a call and find out how we can help you protect your business? Call our team on 01480 478 212 or email us on [email protected].

 

14 November 2019

Blog Archive

2019 November

Check before you go! Knowing your vehicle is a vital key to staying safe on the roads.
Case Study - M.D Driscoll & Co Ltd
Five tips for newbie drivers

2019 October

The eyes have it! Staying safe with regular eye tests.
Ambulance Services 24 is one of the latest businesses to join How’s My Driving?
Find How’s My Driving? at Fleet Live this week

2019 September

Busy Week at the RWM Show 2019
Can you rise to the challenge and ‘PLAY TEN’ with How’s My Driving?
Win a year’s free subscription at the RWM

2019 August

Love your lorry and win...
Why should you attend RWM 2019?

2019 July

Investing in ‘Driving Better Mental Health'
Recognising the brilliant and bright at the Talent in Logistics Awards

2018 December

The driver shortage

2018 October

Are we phone smart or is our addictionto social media steering us off the road?

2018 September

Partnership with leading insurance broker Jelf

2018 August

Do you have an innovative road safety idea?

2016 November

Fewer HGV collisions as speed limits on UK roads increase

2016 October

Thousands of lorries to be banned from London
Cycle helmets: Should we follow in Australia’s footsteps?
Why your lunch shouldn’t be a crash diet!

2016 September

10 reasons why you and your drivers should join ‘How’s My Driving?’
Struggling with stress behind the wheel?

2016 August

Should the Highway Code be taught in schools?
Research reveals most dangerous HGV designs for blind spots
Can you decipher common car safety features?

2016 July

British Government welcomes public opinion on autonomous vehicles
Will the proposed driving test changes improve road safety?

2016 June

Are Attitudes Towards Road Safety Issues Changing?
Should Motorists Be Fined for Driving Too Close to Cyclists?
Steering group take the wheel on road safety projects

2016 May

Pedal Power: London’s Cycle Boom
How courier fleets can benefit from having a How’s-My-Driving? sticker on their vehicles
Emergency services confidently ask “How’s My Driving?”

2016 April

Hello... Is it me you want to hire?
Wot No Drivers?

2016 March

Schoolchildren Driving Home Road Safety

2016 February

Top Tips for Reducing your Fleet Insurance

2016 January

The Ultimate Winter Road Safety

2015 December

Should we lower the Drink Drive limit?

2015 November

Welcome to Road Safety Week 2015
Are you ready for road safety week?
Look out for Cyclists!

2015 October

Survival tips for long distance driving

2015 September

New plans to overhaul driving tests

2015 August

THE most frustrating driving habits

2015 July

Minty Fresh and Birthday Ready
Is Street Velodrome Coming to a Town Near You?

2015 June

It’s Our Birthday!

2015 April

Where drivers are really looking?

2015 March

Safer Motorways: New Technology

2014 July

How’s My Driving and Just Fleet team up

2014 April

Budget safety scheme leading the way
Don't leave road safety to chance

2012 June

The Winner of the Cycle Sticker Competition

2012 March

Cycle Badge Competition

If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss setting your company up with the scheme, you can phone us on 01480 478 212. or email us at [email protected].