Whether you are a new Lorry Driver or an experienced one, you can always improve your driving ability. In this blog we discuss the top tips to be a safe and responsible LGV Driver.
Driving a larger vehicle and some occasions bigger than your average road vehicle, you must make sure to cooperate with other drivers correctly. Always make sure you are safe to carry out an manoeuvre at any time, this could be when moving off, switching lanes or even turning a corner. Take extra care when it comes to the more vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists, you might not always see them at first glance, so make sure you complete the right checks before moving.
As a responsible driver who can often cover large distances and mileages, it’s important to that you take regular breaks to avoid loss of concentration and reaction times. Which is part of your Tachograph Regulations? Research says that every 2 hours you should take a break, either a coffee break or a leg stretch. If you start to lose concentration before 2 hours then maybe consider a stop.
Lorries could be a big target for criminals, due to the goods you are carrying and act as a huge incentive for thefts. The way you conduct yourself is important to prevent this situation happening. When you stop make sure you park in an approved location, this is especially crucial if you are planning to make this your rest stop. Look for other HGV’s and the Park Mark which tells you this area has been vetted by the police.
Driving for a long time can often become monotonous and it can be easy to become distracted as time goes by. However, it is vital that you keep your full concentration on the road at all times. If you need to call someone from your depot for any reason, your mobile must be on hands-free to comply with the law. If you have taken a wrong turn and your satellite-navigation system is struggling to recalibrate, find a safe place to stop to adjust it rather than doing it whilst on the road. Being such a large vehicle, moving to the left or right without your knowledge could cause a collision.
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