HGV drivers have it drilled into them that even small mistakes can be incredibly costly. While not every mistake is going to have huge consequences, a lot of HGV drivers – even those with a C + E licence – don’t realize how the things that they do (or do not do) can reduce the safety of their fleet, the efficiency of the business, and its long term productivity and profitability.
Some oversights are hard to fix but there are a few simple things that are quite impactful and that will make a big difference to a fleet manager’s ability to work efficiently. Let’s take a look at those mistakes:
1. Not using the driver card in the tachograph
Drivers need to put their card in to the tachograph before they start driving. Failure to do so is illegal. It means that the tacho recording will not be linked to them as a driver, and that can cause trouble at the head office as well, making it hard for them to sort out payroll and validate time sheets. When there is no card in the tachograph, there is no ‘qualified drier’ linked to the vehicle, and this could make it difficult to prove who was driving if an insurance claim is necessary.