Trucker safety: A benefit to all

Even though the number of accidents caused by trucks and their drivers is less than that caused by light motor vehicles, the amount of fatalities and damage that result from truck accidents far exceed those caused by other vehicles. This is why trucker safety should be a priority for all transport and logistics companies.

The large number of heavy duty vehicles on our roads makes it imperative that measures are put in place to reduce the number of accidents involving trucks. Keeping truckers safe, not only benefits the truck drivers and their companies, but everyone else on the road as well.

Here are a few tips for businesses to implement to keep their drivers – and everyone else – safe on the road:

Identify risky drivers

It’s important to ensure that the drivers you employ don’t have a history of reckless driving.

Research into the history of the potential new hire is a must to ensure that drivers act responsibly behind the wheel. Obtain information about expired licenses, moving violations, and other traffic infringements.

Ensuring that the person you employ is fit to travel cautiously on the roads is the first step to ensuring everyone’s safety.

Ad hoc training sessions

Even though you find someone fit to travel upon employment, a lot of things can change over time, including their eligibility.

Regular training sessions on the latest traffic laws, as well as basic rules-of-the-road would ensure that drivers remain up-to-date on all vital information, and will give you as a business peace of mind knowing your drivers are fit to be on the roads.

Another factor that could affect the driving of an individual – put simply – is laziness. Let’s face it, after years of driving, we all get a bit lazy. We don’t fully stop at stop-signs anymore, and we quickly pass through that orange light even though we know we’re supposed to slow down. These all seem harmless – until it’s not. Regular driving tests could ensure drivers still abide to these simple traffic rules and could prevent future mishaps or accidents.

Regular health tests

The health of the driver must be one of the company’s first priorities before sending the driver out with an order/ delivery. If the driver is ill, it increases the possibility of an accident happening, potentially causing damage to the truck, the goods in the truck, the driver, the road, other road users and any pedestrians and structures close to the accident at that time.

Regular health checks need to be done to ensure that your driver stays as fit as a fiddle. If a driver is ill, it’s essential that he or she is able to take a sick day to get healthy. Otherwise, orders could be delayed due to the employee not fully recovering, or damage could potentially be done to more than just the company’s property. Is sending a sick driver out on the road worth risking that much? No, it’s definitely not under any circumstance.

As mentioned before, keeping the drivers of your heavy vehicles (or any vehicles, for that matter) safe, not only benefits the driver, but so much more. There are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to the safety of your drivers, but these three tips should at least be your starting point.

4 Tips to help you choose the best mode of transport for your product

Whether it’s via truck, train, ship or airplane, choosing the right mode of transport for your product could drive you insane.

With so many different options to choose from when it comes to transporting a package or parcel, it’s easy to get stuck weighing up the pros and cons. For example, you may find yourself asking questions such as; What would be best for your requirements? Will it arrive when you need it to? What are the costs involved? And many, many more.

The truth is that each mode of transport has its time and place depending on your specific requirements. Here are 4 tips to help you choose the best mode of transport for your product:

Tip 1: Know your product

In order to know what requirements your product will have when it’s in transit, you need to know your product.

For example, the following questions may come to mind; How fragile is your product? Can your product be stacked on top of each other and still arrive in a perfect condition? If you choose to transport your product via air freight, will it stay intact at the higher altitude?

The more you know about your product and its specifications, the better your chances are at preventing unnecessary costs that can been avoided if you plan more accordingly.

Tip 2: Calculate the total landed cost of the shipment

When you decide on a mode of transport, the first thing you probably look at is the cost thereof. Even though shipping costs are important, what’s more important is focusing on the “total landed cost”.

For example, you might decide to choose to transport your product via a ship, because that is the cheapest option available. What you might not have considered is the amount of time it will take for the product to reach its destination, or the insurance involved for any unforeseen circumstances. Your shipment taking longer than expected could also mean a loss in business, which is also something you need to consider.

The total cost at the end of the shipment cycle could be so much more than you had planned. Choosing the cheapest option is therefore not always the smartest option, especially as the hidden costs add up.

Tip 3: Focus on value, not price

As mentioned, the mode of transportation for your product should firstly be according to your product’s requirements, and then it should be based on the value you will get from that option.

Some options will be more expensive than others, however it’s important to see what additional services you will get that will be the most beneficial to your product and business.

If you choose to transport your product via truck to a location that might cross the borders of the country, does this service include assistance with getting your product into the next country? What type of insurance will be included in this option? These options are also determined by the service provider that you choose to assist in transporting your parcel.

For tips on choosing the ultimate service provider for your needs, check out this blog: 5 things to ask a transport and logistics company before hiring them.

Tip 4: Do some research

Other than knowing your product’s requirements and all associated shipping costs, it’s important to also ask for advice, recommendations and do some of your own research.

Read up on reviews from people with similar products as yours that have had to make use of different transport options. Discover what other people have experienced and what tips they have to assist in your decision when choosing the appropriate mode of transport for you.

Most importantly—ask the professionals! Once you’ve decided on the service provider you would like to use, ask their advice and take note of their recommendations. This will also help put you at ease knowing that they’ve worked with products similar to yours and know how to ensure the safety of your product.

Following these 4 tips could not only help you understand the process of transportation, but also make it easier for you to choose the mode of transport and the best service provider for your business.