Defense isn’t just a basketball term.
It’s March, and you know what that means. The weather’s going to start getting warmer, the days will get longer, and March Madness is in the air. The phrase “the best offense is a good defense” applies not only to basketball, but also food delivery in the peak season. Help your drivers practice defensive and smart driving plays with the following tips.
How do you help your drivers contend with blind spots? Merging into traffic is risky business, but it’s something that delivery drivers must do frequently — multiplying the danger. How can you help your drivers prevent merging mishaps? Remind them of these tips.
- Monitor Blind Spots. Check your blind spot every single time.
- Create Safe Space. It’s crucial for you to wait until there’s an obvious gap in traffic. You shouldn’t assume the other driver will make space for you.
- Use Your Signal. Using your turn signal is like talking to other drivers. Communication can be key.
- Make the Most of Your Mirrors. Check both your rear view and side mirrors. Address that blind spot. Check those mirrors again. Always keep tabs.
- Allow Time and Keep Your Distance. Weaving in and out of traffic is scary — for you and other drivers. They may not have time to adjust, or space available.
- The Right Lane is the Right Lane. If you aren’t in the process of passing, stay right. There are exceptions to this, such as if you have a left exit coming up.
Left Hand Turns
Left hand turns cause so many issues that states like New Jersey have sought to practically eliminate them. (For those unfamiliar, there are “jug handles,” where you get in the right lane in order to turn left.) It’s not just state-specific either. UPS delivery trucks and many other commercial vehicles avoid left turns when possible. Sometimes your drivers will need to turn left though.
- Watch Your Speed, and the Speed of Others. Sometimes it can be difficult how fast oncoming traffic is headed your way. If you can’t tell, don’t risk it. Don’t careen around — or cut — corners.
- Always Use Your Turn Signal. Let your intentions be known. Signal well in advance.
- Steer Clear of Oncoming Traffic. If there’s even a chance you can’t make your turn safely, don’t try.
- Be Aware of Your Blind Spots. Know what is ahead, behind you, to the right, and to the left.
- Make Way for Pedestrians. Pedestrians always have the right of way, and so do bicyclists. They simply are no match for any type of vehicle. Make way. It’s not your job to prove a point.
- Avoid Abrupt Stops. Surprises may be fun at birthday parties, but not while you’re driving.
- Favor Green Arrows. While they are far safer than a solid green, don’t forget to watch out for pedestrians.
Perfect Your Parking
Drivers can’t let their guard down in parking lots, on the side of the street, or even in driveways. It might seem safer to pull out a phone as they are parking, but it isn’t. There are far more pedestrian hazards, and if your drivers do need to take evasive action for any of these reasons, they might not have much space to maneuver within. Remind your drivers to use their parking brakes in driveways and hilly areas to prevent rolling.
- Keep Your Car Straight. If you are in a marked space, keep your car centered as well.
- Be Picky About Who You Park Next to. Avoid over-sized vehicles or those who are parked at an angle.
- Slow Down. It’s a parking lot; not the freeway.
- Delay Distractions. You’re almost parked, where you can sit in your car and text, watch videos, check social media, GPS, groom, eat, or whatever (unless you are supposed to be working, of course.) Getting into an accident 10 feet from a parking spot is going to seem really ironic, and not in a good way.
- Use Lot Lanes. Don’t cut across parking spaces.
- Stay Alert. Just because cars appear to be parked when you first see them, doesn’t mean they will stay that way. Parking lots are full of pedestrians, cars backing out, and other hazards.
- Obey the Rules. Don’t disregard stop signs, other traffic signs, or parking signs.
By following these tips, you can help your employees mitigate the Madness of March.