How's My Driving Blog
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