UPS drivers are tasked with a lot of responsibility. They need to safely navigate their routes, deliver packages, and even make deliveries at night. Along the way, they must be familiar with the rules of the road and follow them carefully.
However, ups drivers and accidents sometimes go hand-in-hand. Even the most experienced UPS driver can find themselves in an accident. Every year, over 500 vehicle accidents occur on the roads in the US alone. UPS drivers need to avoid these accidents by ensuring their safety and the safety of others on the road.
There are many ways to prevent accidents from occurring while driving as an employee of UPS, but here are some of the most effective tips.
Distractions can cause an accident anytime, even if you only have a few seconds to react. To prevent accidents, avoid these distractions while driving.
- Cellphones — Keep your phone out of reach when you’re behind the wheel. If you need to use your cell phone, pull over before you attempt to answer or make a call.
- Music — Music is another distraction that can lead to an accident. You should avoid listening to music while driving because it can make hearing sirens or horns from other vehicles in traffic harder.
- Passengers — Passengers can also distract drivers if they talk too much or ask questions about where they’re going or what time it is. Passengers should also refrain from grabbing onto the steering wheel when riding with a driver trying to concentrate on driving safely.
Follow Traffic Laws
As a professional driver, you know that it is your responsibility to obey the traffic laws. It’s also your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is fit for the road and that you have all of the proper equipment (such as lights and mirrors).
What’s more, breaking a traffic law in an area with a speed camera can cost you a lot more than a fine. Sometimes, it could cost you your job if it happens frequently enough. Ensure your vehicle is in good condition. You should always check your vehicle before going out on the road. Ensure all lights are working correctly, including headlights and taillights.
Ensure the tires are appropriately inflated and have good treads so they don’t slip off the road quickly when driving in wet weather or snow. Ensure that everything from windshield wipers to mirrors works properly so you can see clearly while driving down the street at night or during inclement weather conditions like rain or snowfall.
Tailgating puts other drivers at risk of being rear-ended. It also makes it difficult to see what’s ahead of you. To prevent tailgating accidents, give yourself enough space between your vehicle and the one in front. If another driver is following too closely, flash your headlights or honk your horn to alert them to back off and allow more space between you so they’re not so close behind you.
Give yourself enough time to get where you need to go, but not too much time either — overstaying your welcome on the road can also lead to accidents and frustration among other drivers who may not know why you’re still there when there’s no need for it anymore!
UPS drivers and accidents must be separate from one another. UPS drivers are human and deserve to get home safely after long work days. With that said some actions on their part can go a long way toward helping them fulfill this goal. And if you, as a driver, know how to navigate a neighborhood, be prepared for obstacles and always be aware of your surroundings, you can also avoid being a victim of an accident.