20 Tips to Increase Driver Productivity Biddrup

20 Tips to Increase Driver Productivity

Being a driver can be an exhausting occupation. You are constantly on the road, never able to get any rest for more than five minutes at a time. It’s important that you stay fueled, stay safe, and maintain your productivity while out on the job!

Here are 20 tips to keep in mind while driving- this will make your life easier and help you become more efficient!

1. Follow a consistent order

Drivers should always follow a particular order when they are on their route, as this reduces the time it takes to complete work. This will also ensure that there is minimum surplus travelling between deliveries, which will cut down on fuel costs and carbon emissions.

2. Carry out jobs in one go

When drivers arrive at a particular site or destination they should carry out all the tasks required of them before leaving this location. If they do not, then there may be another delivery nearby so they will have to travel further than necessary and more time will be wasted through unnecessary travelling.

3. Use an up-to-date mapping system

This can help drivers know where they need to go, how long it will take to get there and the best route. An up-to-date system will also be able to give them information on traffic conditions at any given time so they can avoid roadworks or other disruptions.

4. Use literature prepared by drivers

Drivers prepare a huge amount of literature, including items such as fuel cards, delivery slips and van sheets which are extremely useful for other drivers. They should be prepared to pass this on if requested, as this is an efficient way for everyone to retrieve important information.

5. Use technology

Using technology means that drivers do not have to stop work every time they need to find out something. For example, scanners can be used in order to read barcodes on goods and this will reduce the time it takes to cross reference information.

6. Provide universal service facilities

If drivers have access to a mobile phone charger, air and water points and somewhere safe to eat their lunch they can be more productive as they won’t need to worry about running out of battery or getting dehydrated.

7. Use technology that reduces driver stress

There is now technology which can be used in order to detect fatigue in drivers so that appropriate action can be taken if it is detected. This means that they will not suffer from decreased productivity due to stress and fatigue.

8. Enforce HOS regulations

Drivers must not work for longer than 11 hours without taking a 30 minute break, as this will decrease their productivity. If they feel that they need to work longer than this, then they must speak to their employer.

9. Ensure there is enough space for loading and unloading goods efficiently

If there isn’t sufficient space at a particular location or destination, drivers may have problems when loading or unloading the van so deliveries may take longer than necessary.

10. Ensure vehicles are in good working order  

Drivers should ensure that their vehicles are clean and in good condition inside and out, as this will mean that it will be easier for them to carry out jobs safely and effectively.

11. Regularly review routes with the driver

It is important that drivers regularly check whether any changes have been made to delivery routes. They should also check that the route is efficient, as otherwise it will take longer for them to complete their work.

12. Schedule deliveries when drivers are not busy

Drivers may be busy with other tasks at certain times of the day or on particular days of the week. If this is the case then they will need to make more out-of-hours deliveries, which can impact on their productivity and working life balance.

13. Ensure delivery deadlines are realistic

If drivers do not have enough time between jobs then they will struggle to maintain high levels of efficiency and productivity because they won’t get any breaks in between jobs. Delivery deadlines therefore need to be set realistically in order for them to avoid tasks like checking paperwork taking up too much time.

14. Ensure drivers are aware of each job they have to complete

Drivers should always check their paperwork before leaving for a delivery so that they aren’t late and the customer isn’t kept waiting. If this doesn’t happen then there is a risk that deliveries will take longer than necessary.

15. Reduce running costs without impacting on productivity  

If businesses impose a maximum speed limit, then it can help reduce fuel consumption which in turn reduces the amount of money spent on fuel without hurting productivity levels.

16. Ensure drivers have all mobile devices required by their role readily available to them

Mobile phones, tablets and laptops should be clean and fully charged so that if anyone needs it they can access it straight away. For example, if a driver needs to check the delivery route then it should be easy for them to do this.

17. Ensure drivers are aware of any critical deliveries or jobs that need to be done urgently

Drivers should have immediate access to information about any urgent jobs so they know how important it is and can move through their other tasks quickly in order to complete these jobs before time runs out.

18. Allow enough time for employees’ breaks during their working day

If employers do not give staff enough time for their breaks, then productivity levels will decrease because workers are spending less time actually completing work compared to the amount of time they are being paid for. They may also become stressed or irritable because they are hungry or thirsty, which impacts on their efficiency.

19. Ensure drivers have access to a safe and secure environment while working

Drivers need to feel comfortable and relaxed when they are completing deliveries so it is best for employers to ensure that there is enough space within each vehicle or container in order for them to carry out these tasks effectively.

20. Ask the right questions before hiring a new driver

It can be difficult to find a person who has all of the qualifications required by a job, but it is even more difficult to find one with the necessary skills, enthusiasm and attitude. When hiring new staff therefore, employers should consider asking candidates questions such as ‘How would you respond if you heard your colleague shouting at another driver?’ which will help determine whether they pose a threat to the safety of themselves and others.

In the end

It’s clear that there are many things you can do in order to increase driver productivity. These 20 tips may not be the only ways, but they’re a great place to start when looking for ways to improve your drivers’ efficiency. What is one of the most important changes you’ve made? Do any of these tips resonate with you or catch your attention in particular? Let us know by commenting below!

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