Although non-profit organisations such as RoSPA do their best to promote safety and make motorists aware of the potential consequences of their actions, it is a sad statistic that vehicle accidents are an accepted part of motoring on Britain’s roads in the 21st century.
Thousands of drivers and passengers get injured or die on public roads each year, and the financial cost is estimated to be several billion pounds to insurance companies and others.
Van drivers are sadly not exempt from being counted in these statistics, but did you know that there are some practical measures you can take to significantly lower your risk of being involved in an accident on the road? Here are some essential safe driving tips that you need to know about.
Leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination
Unsurprisingly, a lot of van drivers tend to be involved in accidents because they were late for a job and tried to get to their destination as quickly as possible by performing all sorts of reckless and downright stupid manoeuvres.
If you are reading this blog post, you are obviously concerned about taking steps to being a safe van driver, so one of the main steps all van drivers like you should be taking on board is to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to your next job or destination. Better late than never, as they say…
Plan your route
If you follow a specific route each day then you probably don’t need to read this point, but if you often drive to different locations on a daily basis (perhaps you are a courier?), one thing you need to be doing is to plan your route carefully before you travel.
Satellite navigation technology makes it easy for van drivers to plot routes, and many current sat-nav devices can incorporate traffic subscriptions; this basically means you can plot your routes to avoid specific traffic blackspots, such as rush-hour jams, road works and so on.
Load your van correctly
Vans make it easy to stuff in all sorts of weird and wonderful cargo at the back, but chances are you will be transporting an assortment of different sizes of cargo, such as boxes, trays, wheels, etc.
You need to make sure that you load your van up correctly for two reasons; firstly, so that you don’t damage anything at the back (especially if the cargo you are carrying is valuable and belongs to someone else), and secondly, so that the items that are going to be taken out of your van first are situated closest to the doors.
According to www.westernvancentre.co.uk, this is also a time-saving trick if you work as a courier because you will be constantly under pressure to deliver goods within a specific timeframe period.
Get a good night’s sleep
If you are having trouble sleeping at night, you need to address those problems as soon as possible because it can affect how alert you are when you drive. In worst-case scenarios, you could even fall asleep at the wheel!