Every HGV driver understand that even the smallest mistake can be very costly. Of course, not every mistake has grave consequences but some things can compromise the fleet safety if not handled properly. Eventually, it will affect the profitability, productivity and overall efficiency. Basically, the fleet manager is in a terrible position without an idea of how to do their job effectively. Here are some of those common mistakes.
1. Failure To Put The Driver Card In The Tachograph
As a HGV driver, you need to know that failing to put the driver card before you start driving is illegal. Failure to do it means that the tacho recording will not be associated with the specific driver behind the wheel. Therefore, it will bring about a lot of issues when it’s time to sort out the payroll and time sheets.
Additionally, when the driver card isn’t put in, there will not be a qualified driver in the vehicle according to the tachograph and it will make everything more complicated when there’s a pending insurance claim.
2. Recording Breaks As Other Work
When you press the wrong button and record a break as other work, it might seem like a minor issue but it might mess up your overall hours. Additionally, there might be some legal consequences in the end. By law, you’re required to have breaks but they need to be recorded accurately. That way, drivers can go on their breaks and remain well-rested to avoid fatigue. Fleet managers can also know that everything is running well without any issues popping up.
3. Failure To Plan For Breaks Efficiently
HGV drivers always have to juggle hectic schedules so it’s easy enough to forget planning for breaks during the day. However, the fleet managers will have a hard time balancing the time-sensitive deliveries and make sure the drivers get the breaks they need.
The legal limit for driving is 4 ½ hours so drivers need to plan their routes efficiently and in advance then take the breaks without jeopardising the delivery times.
4. Incorrect Report Of Working Hours
A fleet manager will have a hard time with reports when drivers misreport their hours. There will be a lot of havoc with payroll and timesheets especially when everyone demands that they get payment for their overall working hours. There are cases where fleet managers believe that the drivers are breaking the law when they are not. Drivers need to report their hours correctly to get fair payment and avoid any legal consequences.
5. Not Being Accessible While On The Road
Fleet managers need to be in contact with their drivers while on the road. Of course, they are not allowed to pick their phones while driving but they should have a way of receiving calls whenever someone tries to contact them. Any HGV driver should inform the fleet manager on the latest location whenever they are on the road. That way, the fleet managers can provide any relevant updates and establish ETA’s whenever called upon.
There are many cases where HGV drivers have been kidnapped and attacked on the road yet it took the fleet manager a very long time to identify what’s wrong. Whether they are using walkie-talkies or simple location updates, they will know what to do whenever anything happens.
Any HGV driver on the road needs to be careful to avoid these common errors. That way, the entire company runs smoothly and reduce the stress levels experienced by the fleet manager ensuring a safe and efficient operation. The best way to achieve this is by using a Mobile Resource Management platform to integrate directly with the vehicle’s tachograph. At all times, the fleet will be safe and it’s easier to allocate jobs with more efficiency and faster. Even better, the fleet manager has the most updated information without necessarily contacting the driver at all times. Furthermore, HGV drivers should consider refreshing their knowledge on driver training courses, and making sure that their HGV licence renewal is done in plenty of time.