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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:00 am    Post subject: Agency Heads up Reply with quote

The next couple of week are going to be frantic and will no doubt see a lot of new drivers entering the fray.

What do you do? PANIC obviously but then take 5 minutes to read our 'First day on the job' training leaflet.

http://www.pda-uk.org/members/members_leaflets.htm

Written by a driver who's been through the mill it's an excellent guide for all the important DO's and DON'T's

It is just a guide though and all drivers must take personal responsibility for any decisions taken.

I can add a few more tips of my own.

PPE you will need safety footwear, working gloves, hi-viz vest or coat. Many places now also require you to have a safety helmet and eye protection.

Be smart and tidy. 3 day designer stubble and tight T shirt may well seem to be the fashion for truck drivers but a clean shaven, smartly turned out driver gives a better impression to the hiring company

SMILE: you will be having a shit day, it's par for the course, but no one else cares as they have their own troubles. Don't forget it may be you first visit somewhere but hopefully it won't be your last and if you can hit it off with the gate people, warehouse staff, and goods in there may come a time when they can ease your day. If not at least you've upset them because you're happy and they're *sausages* off Laughing

ALWAYS ask for maps of places you haven't been to, don't worry it's standard procedure and expected. If you're doing supermarket deliveries each store will have it's own risk assessment and approved route so you're showing professionalism by asking. BUT beware of the hand drawn plans which may be printed out. They are never to scale and usually have a few sets of traffic lights missing. Brick Wall If you have sat-nav set it to the store address but also use the issued plan. If there is a confliction use the plan over the sat-nav.


Make the most of the next two weeks, once it gets to January 2nd you'll think your phone s broken Sad
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