For most people, the holiday season means upcoming vacations and time with friends and family. For delivery drivers, it means more work and increased hazards. To get through the season in one piece, you’ll need increased vigilance and a tighter commitment to safety.
The holiday season is a time of gifts and online shopping. This translates into increased delivery volume: more work for you, driving around on busier streets, with more people, during a time when the weather is likely to turn sour. A perfect storm for accidents.
But there are ways to stay safe. Here are a few delivery driver safety tips you can use to get through the season:
Modern technology makes backing up easier. Things like backward-facing cameras and warning beepers keep you from making mistakes.
However, not all vehicles have these devices. Meanwhile, even with them, you have to stay on top of the situation to get the most out of the advanced features.
As such, avoid backing up as much as possible. If you pass a delivery spot, either walk the package back to the right place or conduct a three-point turn. Meanwhile, don’t back out of parking spaces if you can help it. Instead, back into the space. That way, when it’s time to leave, you can just pull straight out.
A delivery gig can bring you to some strange places. You might need to pull down narrow alleys or access a hard-to-reach location. All this requires tight maneuvering of your vehicle … not an easy task when you’re driving a large truck or van.
Plan your exit route. Don’t pull into a place where it isn’t easy to get out. Also, don’t put yourself in a position where the only way to exit is to back up. If need be, park as close as you can and walk your delivery to the actual location.
The holiday season is a time of distraction. You have plenty on your mind besides work and you’re busy making plans, arrangements that might require phone calls or text conversations. However, don’t give into temptation. Driving distracted raises the chance of an accident.
Don’t text while driving and keep your phone calls (even hands-free ones) to a minimum. Keep your eyes on the road and stay focused.
The biggest danger when you’re out on the road: other drivers. You can do everything right and still end up in an accident. One mistake by someone else, and you might face injury or even see your job in danger.
To avoid this, use defensive driving techniques. Keep your distance from other vehicles and anticipate potential dangers. Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid bad situations.
Safety on the job is everyone’s concern. You want to work for companies that are committed to keeping you safe, whether you are in a facility, or out in the world.
Work for a company that cares about your safety
Partnering with a top-ranked staffing firm, like LaborMAX, lets you seek out these safety-conscious companies. Contact LaborMAX today to find out how they can place you with employers that have your best interests at heart.