When it comes to performing haulage work, company drivers spend more time on the road than anyone else. This raises their exposure to on-the-road hazards and dangers as they increase their mileage driving the breadth and length of UK. With this in mind, it is always important to be fully trained to respond to emergencies and unforeseen situations.
Driving Along Flooded Roads
1. Make sure to check the depth of any flood water. If the water is halfway up your wheels, you may risk the possibility of either ruining your vehicle’s engine or stalling.
2. As much as possible, make sure to approach the flooded area closest to the middle of the road. This is because water is typically at its deepest at the curb.
3. Stay in first or second gear as you slowly enter the flooded area but make sure to maintain your revs relatively high in order to prevent water from getting into your exhaust.
4. Keep your progress slow and steady. Do not be tempted to charge through to get out from the flooded area as fast as you can just because you are carrying out important haulage work. Chances are, water will enter your exhaust.
5. Upon exiting the flooded area, make sure to still maintain a low and steady speed, applying the brakes gently in order to clear away any excess water from the brake pads.
Driving With A Blow Out
When performing haulage work, a tyre blowout is an all too common occurrence. However, you can avoid this by conducting regular check ups and maintenance and by making sure the tyres are in good condition and are at the right pressure.
According to statistics, a tyre blowout usually occurs when running on a high speed, which makes it all the more important for learn how to handle it probably. One important piece of advice is to take full control of your reflexes when one of your tyres blows out. Avoid hitting the brake pedal hard, or steer hard to swerve to the side of the road or even lift your foot from the accelerator. These natural instincts can easily worsen the situation.
The best way to handle a blowout is to attempt to drive through it. You need to keep foot pressure on the accelerator in order to maintain the vehicle’s momentum at a steady rate. When the vehicle veers to one direction, compensate by gently but firmly steering to the other direction. Keep in mind that while you are doing all the manoeuvring, you need to be fully aware of the road traffic to prevent road accidents.
Driving When Brakes Fail
Performing haulage work may mean driving with a heavy load, which can present a huge problem when the vehicle’s brakes are not performing properly. If you notice your brake power is considerably diminished, try not to use it for several minutes to allow it to cool down. However, if you don’t have the option to allow it to cool down, brake down using a controlled pumping action instead of ramming your foot down. If the brakes are able to come back up, apply them fully to perform a controlled stop. If these two options fail, maintain presence of mind as all is not lost. You can use the handbrake to gently reduce the speed before you attempt to change gears instead of using the engine brakes to slow down.