For many truck drivers, living on the road isn’t just a job; it’s a way of life. From the very early starts to the late nights, the long hours on the road can cause problems if business owners aren’t paying close enough attention to the wellbeing of their employees and truck maintenance.
Knowing how to do so will ensure maximum efficiency for a smoother workflow. In order to reduce any issues associated with long-haul truck driving, we have put together some useful tips on how business owners can combat any problems that arise and boost business success for the future.
Think about your employees’ health
Many truck drivers are faced with extremely long days on the road, which can often cause them to neglect themselves and fail to maintain their health.
As a business owner, it’s essential that you encourage your employees to take well-needed breaks whenever they can to stretch their legs and get what they need for the remainder of the journey. Within any workplace, the wellbeing of employees is a legal aspect of risk assessments, so it’s important not to overlook this factor.
Encourage employees to keep a schedule
While truck driving can be the ultimate dream for some, it can be lonely and challenging for those who aren’t used to working alone for hours at a time.
To increase employee happiness, it’s crucial you encourage them to plan a weekly schedule, so their days on the road seem more fulfilling and can maintain a better work/life balance.
Ensure your truck drivers are maintaining a good sleeping pattern, are eating at regular intervals and have some time to communicate with their colleagues either at the beginning or end of the day.
Anticipate vehicle issues
As with any business, ensuring that the day-to-day efficiency is running smoothly determines success or failure. As your business relies on the transportation of goods from one part of the country to another, you need to pay close attention to the servicing of vehicles, should they happen to need any repairs.
Being unaware of vehicle faults may mean that planned deliveries can’t go out and drivers need to be sent home.
You also need to keep on top of vehicle warranties, should there be any claims made against your driver. If you aren’t sure about whether your vehicles are road-ready, it could have huge impacts on the flow of your business. It is where fleet maintenance software would come in useful, so you’re informed immediately of any vehicle issues before they start to escalate.
Plan each trip wisely
Before your drivers take to the road, ensure that each trip is planned sufficiently and the delivery of items is in a reasonable commutable distance for the time allocated. This will ensure your clients are given a suitable delivery time. Within your plan, consider the likes of driving time, fuel stops, meal stops, sleep time and of course, those unexpected delays on the motorway. Always inform the client of a much later arrival time than is likely, so if your driver is early, they will see your positive in a positive light, that provides great customer service.