Bring It On: Winter Safety Tips for Courier Drivers

107 views This article is copyright free and is published in Business Opportunities » Business
Joined: Sep 02, 2016
2384 articles
The colder months are often one of the busiest – and most financially rewarding – times in a professional driver's year. The higher volume of courier jobs during the festive season invariably means spending more time on the road and making more money, but the combination of chaotic traffic and inclement weather also increases the risk of accidents. Due to an upsurge in online shopping around this time, it also means that many courier jobs take drivers to residential addresses, rather than to a depot, which results in a marked increase in mileage.

Because driving in winter can be very economically fruitful, but calls for long hours and challenging weather conditions, it's a pertinent time to review some safe driving techniques.

Before Setting Off

At the beginning of winter, it’s vital to check wiper blades, tyres, oil, anti-freeze, belts and alternators. Every day before you start your courier jobs, you should also include the following checks on your daily "walk around".

1. Make sure that your fuel tank is at least half full, so if you encounter diversions, you'll never be driving on the fly. You should also download a fuel station app so that you always know where the nearest fuel stop is.

2. Check that all mirrors, windows, lights and back and front windscreens are de-iced and cleared of snow. In addition, you should check the rest of the vehicle for large deposits of snow residue that could obstruct your vision.

3. Before you get in the van, make it a habit to wipe your feet, which will prevent any inadvertent slipping on pedals.

Stay Safe While Driving

While all of the normal laws and on-road etiquette apply, there is most definitely a need for extra care when driving in winter. Expect the unexpected and prepare for it!
Mind the gap: The safe braking distance doubles in wet conditions, and is up to ten times farther away when snow and ice are a factor. But leaving more space between you and the vehicle in front also allows you to easily drive around them if they get stuck.

Foggy conditions: When you encounter fog, make sure that you turn on your fog lights and maintain a steady speed. Some drivers tend to speed up and slow down in patchy fog, which can easily result in accidents. In addition, remember to switch off your fog lights when you’re not using them.

Snow and ice: Slow and steady is the order of the day, and you need to be on high alert in unpredictable snowy and icy conditions. One tip is to start off in second gear, which reduces wheel spin. Avoid sudden braking and acceleration, and if you do get stuck in the snow, use your diff lock (if available) or alternate between reverse and acceleration, which will help you gain enough traction to extricate your wheels.

Flooded roads: Drive through flooded patches slowly and in a low gear – and don’t stop. If you begin to aquaplane, remove your feet from the brake and accelerator and grip the steering wheel tightly, without trying to steer. In other words, just go with it.

Essentials for Your Van

There are also some very handy items that you should consider purchasing and keeping in your vehicle during winter.

Along with a high-vis vest and a hazard sign, invest in some snow boots and a thermal hat and gloves in case of breakdowns. You might also want to add a blanket and an extra change of clothes to this kit.

Keep a supply of bottled water and non-perishable food items tucked away for emergencies, along with jumper leads, a first aid kit, a torch (and spare batteries), a snow shovel, a de-icer and a scraper.
Stay Safe During Winter Courier Jobs

No matter how experienced you are, remember to take extra care in winter. Making preparations for any eventuality will give you the presence and peace of mind to keep you safe on the road this winter.
About author: Desiree Michels

Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day courier jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 4,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.


Other article from Business

Stay Strong and Stretch On: The Best Exercises for Courier Drivers
If you drive for a living, you'll be familiar with the double-edged sword of getting to "sit down on the job" all day. On one hand, it's often quite nice to be able to take the load off, but on the other, there are negative health connotations associated with ...
View by 57 people
Posted by Desiree Michels in , The Best Buying Guide to Find the Best Waist Cincher
For Immediate Release: November 14, 2017: Every woman wants to flaunt an attractive personality and slim waist to empower their beauty. All women love to maintain a perfect figure but only some are fortunate enough to have one. However, to get a perfect ...
View by 92 people
Posted by Kyle Crum in ,
Retail Product Packaging -- Best Ten Reasons Flexible Packaging Is Ideal for your Enterprise
Today's customer marketplace is saturated with solutions, several of which blend into one another and become lost inside the sea of possibilities supplied to buyers. For this reason, it has turn into vital for manufacturers to make their items stand out in ...
View by 59 people
Posted by Kyle Crum in ,
Pagesatu.Com Offers Jasa SEO Murah (Cheap SEO Services) To Individuals and Businesses
SEO is essential for boosting online exposure and page rank of businesses. is a digital marketing agency that offers Jasa SEO Murah or Cheap SEO Services with a money back guarantee. The company offers comprehensive SEO solutions, after the tags ...
View by 36 people
Posted by Chelsea Hackett in ,
Positive aspects Of Hiring A Commercial Cleaning Company
When you've got an office you ought to hire a commercial cleaning company to accomplish the operate for you. Hiring a cleaning company doesn't imply that you are lazy or unbothered; it implies that you recognize the positive aspects that come with hiring the ...
View by 56 people
Posted by Kyle Crum in ,