Vehicles at Work: 6 Safety Tips for Delivery Drivers

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Delivery drivers have become one of the essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the increasing demand for deliveries of food, groceries, and medical supplies, among others, couriers are playing a critical role in the success of businesses nationwide. However, unlike other traditional emergency workers, delivery drivers are more exposed to viruses and accidents on the road. Some don’t even have sick pay, job security, and insurance to protect them against unforeseen incidents. Therefore, to help keep their minds and bodies healthy and safe, we round up some extra useful tips for them.

Obey traffic rules

Always travel at safe speeds, understand the different traffic signs and signals, adjust driving techniques during bad weather, and monitor blind spots. Remember, traffic rules are made to protect you on the road, as well as everyone else standing and driving on the same pavement. Not only will it protect you from potential financial liabilities, but it will also save someone’s life.

Drink vitamins

Being on the road and meeting a lot of customers daily will increase your exposure to dirt, changing weather, and viruses. Hence, it is vital that you strengthen your immune system as well as your energy levels by taking a multivitamin daily. This will help you provide the nutrients and minerals your body needs to function properly.

Stay hydrated

Always bring a water bottle with you and keep it in an insulated bag to keep your water nice and cool, most especially during the summer months. Getting dehydrated while you are behind the throttle can not only get uncomfortable and dangerous, but it can also take a toll on your overall health. Some symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dry eyes, fatigue, and confusion.

Take breaks

Although you would want to get to your destination as quickly as possible, driving straight for long hours without taking breaks will make you more sleepy, distracted, and tired. Therefore, as a rule, it’s best to take a break of at least every two hours. Pullover, stretch your legs, grab a snack, and use the restroom. That way, you will be able to maintain a high quality of safe and efficient driving.

Be extra careful at night

In a data released by the Metro Manila Accident Recording and Analysis System (MMARAS), driving poses a bigger risk after dark, and that most fatal vehicle-related accidents occur during the hours between 6 PM and 5:55 AM. To reduce the risk during nighttime driving, you must always clean up your helmets for a clearer view of the road, angle your headlights correctly, use high beams when appropriate, avoid two-lane highways, and never forget to slow down.

Get insured

Accidents happen at the most unexpected times, and being always out and about further increases your vulnerability to vehicle-related accidents and financial liabilities. To protect yourself from these risks, you must ensure that you have an insurance that gives you adequate coverage in the event of a casualty. Confused about where and how to start? Read about MICI’s Personal Accident Insurance and TPL Policy here, or send us your queries at [email protected].

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