It’s no secret in the haulage work industry that winter is the most dreaded season. But there is certainly no getting around it. You need to learn how to best deal with the cold weather conditions.
In past years, a great number of haulage work companies were adversely affected by the extreme cold weather, with some unable to operate for several days. In order to combat the negative impact of winter, preparation is very important. Below are some guidelines.
Haulage work during winter should be planned well ahead of time, especially when the road networks are congested. Drivers and the rest of the employees should be briefed to consider the following:
• Be informed – stay tuned to weather and traffic updates
• Be fully prepared and keep vehicles fully checked
• Be aware – know the protocols when driving in severe road conditions
• Be wise – exercise precautionary measures
Important Precautionary Measures
When doing haulage work during winter, it is important to take the following precautionary measures:
• Check oil levels
• Check thread depth of tyres
• Keep first aid kit on hand
• Reflective triangle sign
• Warm clothing
• High visibility jacket
• Jump leads
It is important for those performing haulage work to be extra careful on the road – especially in winter. UK’s Department of Transport has reported over 18, 000 road accidents resulting from ice or snow in the past year. For this reason, investing in winter tyres can prove to be a practical investment. While some companies consider this as an unnecessary expense, when safety is on the line it should be regarded as a sound investment.
It is also advisable for drivers to bring along a windscreen wash instead of carrying ordinary water, which can easily freeze. Regular clearing of windscreen snow and ice is crucial and can spell the difference between danger and safety.
In this day and age, a GPS is a must, whether it’s winter or not. It’s in fact considered a mainstay for the modern and technologically savvy driver. It allows real-time updates for finding open routes, accurate traffic as well as road information. Of course, a printed map is still an indispensable tool when on the road. It’s a great reference for planning a route in advance and for deriving accurate information, especially when handling unforeseen circumstances.
Local knowledge of the area is also very important, and will require regular updates. While a driver can claim he knows the ins and outs of a certain city like the back of his hand, the implementation of new one-way system or when road is under construction, or a new low-hanging footbridge can make a significant difference when it comes to planning routes.
If possible, all routes should be carefully planned and plotted ahead of time, as it will not only speed up the process, it can also significantly help in cutting down on fuel expenses. Through seamless coordination and constant communication within the organisation, transport operations can be carried out in winter safely and with the least amount of fuss.