It can be daunting getting back in to driving for work after the Covid-19 lockdown so here are a few top tips to help make the process easier.
As it is not possible to social distance in vehicles, it is more important than ever to be looking after your staff. This can be ensured by following some basic guidelines and adapting them to fit in your business.
Social Distancing in Vehicles
• Avoid having too many people in a vehicle, if safe to do so. This may not be possible if delivery drivers with heavy loads require two people for lifting, driver trainers assessing and coaching.
• Your vehicles should not be shared if possible. If you are able, allocate one vehicle to a driver and keep that driver to that vehicle.
• If it is not possible to keep a 2m distance in a vehicle consider additional safety measures. Maybe implement a screen between the front and rear compartments, but nothing that will compromise safety or handling of the vehicle. YOU MUST check if any screen will have an effect on your insurance.
• Aim for single person or contactless refuelling where possible.
Driving Safety Routines
- Make sure vehicles are well-ventilated to increase the flow of air. For example, by opening a window.
- Ensure regular cleaning of vehicles. This is especially necessary between different users.
- Implement clear signage to outline social distancing measures in place.
- Sit side-by-side not face-to-face and increase ventilation where possible.
- Use a fixed pairing system if people have to work in close proximity. For example, in a vehicle.
Fleet Driver Tips
- Maintain social distancing and avoid surface transmission when goods enter and leave the vehicle. Especially in high volume situations; for example, distribution centres, despatch areas.
- Implement scheduling to limit exposure to large crowds and rush hours where appropriate.
- Revise pick-up and drop-off collection points and procedures with signage and marking.
- Where possible and safe, have single workers load or unload vehicles.
- Minimise unnecessary contact at gatehouse security, yard and warehouse. For example, non-contact deliveries where the nature of the product allows for use of electronic pre-booking.
• Maximise use of electronic paperwork where you can, and review procedures to enable safe exchange of paper copies where needed. For example, required transport documents.
• Enable drivers to access welfare facilities when required and consistent with other guidance.
• Encourage drivers to stay in their vehicles as long as this does not compromise their safety and existing safe working practice.
Covid-19 Driving Safety
Once you implement these tips wherever needed you will certainly be back driving for work in the safest way possible in absolutely no time at all. So long as you make sure all your fleet drivers are aware of these tips and try to adhere to them as much as you can for safe driving.