Do you work in the road transport industry as a truck driver or in route planning? Then you’re probably already familiar with the safety rules that come with the industry. Furthermore, you can incorporate a telematics device into your vehicle or fleet management systems to ensure you are safe on the road. But even with these handy devices and technology, it’s important to be aware of the following guidelines to protect your drivers, and your business.
The general principles of road safety apply to every driver. But when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle carrying a few dozen tonnes, caution should be of the utmost importance Even the slightest hesitation can have fatal consequences.
If you have any doubts about the technical condition of your truck or the size andor anchorage of your load, there is nothing wrong with voicing your concerns. As a driver, you have no obligation to carry a load that violates safety standards, or to drive a vehicle that is not roadworthy. However, if you get behind the wheel of such a vehicle, you may be liable for the consequences of any accidents or problems that may occur.
In situations where you are not feeling well and are suffering from fatigue, alert your colleagues and ask for the possibility of an extended break and a postponement of your arrival date. In the interests of operational safety, you should be accommodated.
Route planning is just as important as the ride itself. Avoid taking a break in an impromptu parking lot in the middle of the night, as it might be unsafe. Eurowag's route planning system allows you to reserve spaces at emergency car parks across Europe. These car parks also offer essential services such as showers, toilets, refreshments, and servicing.
In combination with other systems such as telematics, fuel card services or toll boxes, Eurowag is your indispensable partner on the road. While using our services, our system will helps you save up to 20% on fuel costs. You will also avoid complications on the route, reduce late arrivals and simplify the administration workload.
By using our fuel cards, the driver doesn't have to carry an ample supply of cash that can tempt thieves. The driver should always have their documents with them. It is advisable to lock the car while driving and during breaks, not just when sleeping.
While travelling, you will soon find that you may encounter people in various places who will try to take advantage of your ignorance or naivety to extort money from you. Always be aware and only pay for things you know should be paid for.