Five Tips for Driving a Lorry SafelyOctober 8, 2015
If you want to hire a lorry to move your belongings, or if you have to drive a lorry as part of your job, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration in order to drive both safely and legally. If you’re used to driving a small car then switching to a large lorry can take some adjustment. These five simple tips will help you to drive a lorry with ease.
Check the Legalities
Before you even consider driving a lorry always make sure that you check if you are able to legally drive it on the type of license that you hold. Some smaller vans can be driven with a standard UK driving license while larger lorries may require professional certification in order to legally drive them. Laws will vary depending on what country or state you live in, so always check with your local driving agency.
If you are hiring your lorry from us at Whitgift Hire we will be happy to advise you on what type of vehicle you can legally drive on your license.
Turn, Turn, Turn
Be aware of the size of your lorry and understand that you will need to make wider turns. Begin your turns before you normally would make a turn in a car to allow the body of the lorry to safely move. The lorry is likely to be wider than your car so you allow extra room when other vehicles overtake you.
Watch the Height
Know the exact height of your lorry before you set off on your journey. When you approach low bridges or other obstructions always take the time to ensure your lorry is low enough to be able to pass through it easily. Residential areas are often places that have surprisingly low bridges, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Adjust the Mirrors
You should always adjust all mirrors on the lorry to make sure they are set at the perfect angle for your height and eyesight. Remember, mirrors are your friends so use them to check and double check what’s happening on the road around you.
Lorries will run at slower speeds than cars that you will be used to driving. On top of this, lorries will also accelerate at a much slower rate, especially if you are transporting heavy goods in the back. This means that you will need to give yourself more time to pull out in front of traffic. Make sure that you pull out with extra caution when driving a lorry for the first time.
Follow these five simple tips and you will be well on your way to being a safe lorry driver. Other things you can do to improve your safety on the road include planning out a route carefully, using a sat nav and ensuring your load is secured properly.