Delivery Driver Safety Tips
Are you a courier looking for delivery driver safety tips? Did you know that in 2019/20 38.8 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries and illness in the UK? This highlights the need for awareness of the health and safety risks involved in the delivery driver industry.
Established in 2008, Rapid Vehicle Management appreciates the everyday challenges delivery drivers could face. As specialist providers of van hire with courier insurance, we bring you this guide filled with safety information and practical tips.
What risks do delivery drivers face?
With over 1.5 million company vans on UK roads, it is important for delivery drivers to know the potential risks to safety as well as to physical fitness. Fleetpoint, the UK’s largest online-only fleet industry trade publication, noted that with millions of van drivers spending most of their working lives sat behind the wheel they were at increased risk of:
- Heart disease
Long, sedentary journeys can mean hours without exercise. This could potentially lead to health problems. You will also need to deliver cargo safely to avoid injury when you reach your destination. Check out the below tips on how you could reduce the risk of workplace injuries.
Manual handling and forward planning
When you arrive at your destination, take a moment to plan your actions from driver’s seat to doorstep. Plan the route carefully and remove any potential obstructions before you begin. If it is a long way from your vehicle to the customer plan a rest stop halfway through. This will allow you to catch your breath and adjust your grip for maximum comfort.
If you have a heavy load to deposit, consider using aids that include:
- Pump trucks
- Power stackers
- Delivery dollies
LIFTING LOADS EFFECTIVELY
When lifting loads keep them close to your waist and keep your shoulders in line with your hips. Always have the heaviest side towards yourself to increase balance. You should maintain a sturdy posture and keep your feet apart.
To reduce the risk of injury, also try to avoid:
- Holding an item too high, too low, or for too long
- Twisting whilst carrying, especially your back
- Stopping suddenly
- Bending your back when lifting
Footwear and clothing should also be a consideration. Wearing unsuitable gear could put you at risk of injury. Examples of appropriate safety clothing include:
- Ripstop trousers
- Safety glasses
- Steel toe cap boots
- Gloves with enhanced grip
A workplace injury could be painful and put you out of work whilst you recover. You also risk damaging goods before they reach the customer. This could lead to returns and potential complaints. For more information on manual handling and how best to deal with heavy loads consult the HSE (Health and safety executive) website.
How can delivery drivers improve their physical fitness?
A healthy body starts with a healthy diet. This means choosing foods that will increase your energy levels that will not promote sluggishness. If you are interested in improving physical fitness why not try:
A healthy breakfast: Porridge with fruit could give you a great start to your day and keep you going until lunch.
High energy snacks: Bananas or cereal bars could provide a boost for when energy levels drop during the day.
Drink plenty of water: Choose water over caffeinated or sugary drinks. It will keep you hydrated throughout the day and has no calories or sugar.
Wash your hands: Most viruses are spread by encountering something a person who may be poorly has touched. Wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly to eliminate most germs. This is especially true before eating and after you use the toilet.
It can be a challenge to maintain a healthy diet at motorway services or roadside cafes. Time pressures could mean that van drivers could often feel rushed and not keep hydrated sufficiently, and this too can lead to further health problems.
By preparing healthy meals and taking regular hydration/relaxation breaks you could quickly improve your overall fitness.
Fitness tips for delivery drivers
It may seem difficult to take regular exercise throughout the day if you have long journeys between each delivery. When giving yourself a break away from the wheel try:
- A short walk
- Push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, lunges, and stretching
These could all contribute to an overall improvement in your fitness, mental focus, and well-being.
How can delivery drivers maintain a healthy work-life balance?
From congested roads to making deliveries on time, delivery drivers face many challenges throughout the day. Striking a good work-life balance is something that can be a challenge but also very rewarding. Check out some of the tips below that could improve your general work-life balance:
MAKE SURE TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Sleeping allows the body to repair itself allowing you awake refreshed and revitalised. It also controls chemicals in our bodies that process information. These chemicals also affect how we are feeling. If you are not enjoying enough sleep, fatigue levels and concentration could also suffer as a result.
DO NOT OVERINDULGE
If you drink or smoke, try to do so in moderation. Smoking and drinking alcohol can lead to chemical deficiencies in the body that can affect memory and concentration. If you have slept after consuming alcohol you could still have alcohol in your system, which could leave you over the legal limit to drive and could lead to accidents on the road, penalty points, fines, or a ban.
MANAGE RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAKE LISTS
You can help manage your stress levels by organising your workloads and planning your responsibilities ahead of time. Tackle key concerns first such as journey times, delivery schedules, etc. Make a list and prioritise tasks in order of importance. Other tips to help manage your workload include:
- Prepare a packed lunch for the day ahead
- Plan out your routes to maximise efficiency
- Keep a regular sleep schedule throughout the week e.g. bed by 10:00pm
- Make sure your van has enough fuel to perform all deliveries for the day
Looking for an all-in-one van hire for courier package?
At Rapid, we understand how important it is to get the right van hire for couriers’ package. From big businesses to single couriers, we have affordable, convenient short- or long-term van hire for couriers that can be tailored to suit your needs.
If you are a delivery driver looking for an up-to-date modern vehicle with all the benefits and support Rapid Vehicle Management has to offer, then our team of van hire specialists are here to help you get a great value van hire with courier insurance on a fully comprehensive basis.
Our straightforward onboarding process can have you making deliveries within 24 hours from a choice of attractive, affordable new or used vans.
What is included in our van hire for couriers’ all-in-one package?
It is important to have a courier insurance policy in place to ensure that you and your van hire are adequately protected in the event of a claim* Our all-in-one van hire for couriers’ package includes:
- A first-rate quality new or used van of your choosing
- Fully comprehensive courier insurance
- Breakdown cover
- Maintenance and servicing
- Tyres and brakes replacement
- Free delivery or collection
**Please note that this does not include goods in transit cover
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