In addition to your mode of transportation – a van, car, motorcycle or bicycle – there are several other items that courier drivers should carry with them at all times. While the size of the vehicle and length of the route may determine how much each driver is able to carry, the following are basics that will help you perform you job more efficiently and keep you safe in case of an emergency.
Means of Communication
Whether it’s a mobile phone or walkie-talkie, most businesses provide their drivers with a means of communication. When out on the road, it’s necessary to stay in contact with the dispatcher, customers and emergency services. Always carry a phone charger and a back-up phone.
Satellite Navigation System
Even if you know the area in which you drive, it’s always advised that you have satellite navigation. Not only will it prevent you from getting lost, it can help you find alternate routes in the event of heavy traffic jams, accidents and roadworks.
Map of the Area
Always carry an extra map of the area in which you work. Just in case your satellite navigation does not work or is not able to locate a destination, it’s great to have a map on-hand.
Emergency Car Kit
All drivers should have an emergency kit in their car. Your kit should consist of non-perishable food, water, a torch, a pocket knife, a blanket and matches. Additionally, you should keep warning triangles, flares and a fluorescent jacket or vest in case you are involved in an accident or stranded on the road.
License and Proof of Insurance
Always keep extra copies of your license, registration and insurance, as well as any other documents regarding your employment and any restrictions or special permits related to your car and ability to drive on the road.
Protection against the Elements
Drivers who spend a lot of time on the road are at a greater risk for incurring sun damage. Even when it is overcast, be diligent about wearing sunblock, sunglasses and covering the right side of your body. Drivers should also be prepared for inclement weather. Wear boots or shoes that are comfortable and that have good traction on icy streets. Also keep an extra jacket, gloves, hat and a scarf.
Notebook, Laptop or Tablet
However you choose to keep track of your route, packages and deliveries, be sure to keep things organised. Many people rely on laptops and small tablets to track their deliveries and to file paperwork. It can also be beneficial to install satellite internet, so that you have access at all times no matter where you are.
Camera /Video Camera
With technology more readily available and affordable, many drivers are installing video cameras in their cars. They serve as a great security system in case there is theft or vandalism and they serve as proof in accidents. Cameras, whether disposable or on a phone, are also good for documenting accidents or damage to your vehicle or packages.
Make sure that you have a spare tyre and that it is in good condition. Drivers should also know how to change a tyre.
Those who drive extended distances or who may be gone for multiple days at a time, will want to make sure their vans are fully serviced and that the fluids are topped up. Just in case, it’s a good idea to carry extra washer fluid, gas and even engine oil.