Area of Operation
The area that a truck driver operates in, the distance travelled within that area and the frequency of those trips, have a direct impact upon the exposure to incidents. Long distance haulage is more likely to increase the risk of fatigue, whilst frequent repeated trips over a short distance will allow the driver to be familiar with inherent aspects of the roads used, providing complacency doesn’t set in.
|Long haul trips.||Frequent trips over local familiar routes.|
|Any delivery trips that are a ‘one-off’ or are conducted infrequently.||Same drivers are used on infrequent, medium or long haul trips.|
|No productivity or time constraints imposed upon drivers.|
- Try to minimise productivity or time constraints on drivers, even for short haul frequent trips.
- Ensure that medium, long and infrequent trips are suitably planned.
- Consider using the same driver and truck for frequent medium and long haul trips so that they are familiar with the route, scheduled stops and rest areas.