Why a new lorry needs a new frame of mind

If you’re a lorry driver, experienced or novice, you will already know there can be a big difference from driving one lorry to another. This means when your company decides that it is time for an upgrade, and they give you a shiny new lorry, you need some time to adjust but you also need a new frame of mind too.

The brakes will possibly be sharper and feel different, as will the gears and the steering wheel, so you need to give yourself time to get used to everything. You should also feel more inclined to keep the lorry looking perfect as it’s completely brand new, so braking early and taking more caution is important too. It can take a little while to get a good feel for how the lorry handles, what it’s good at, what it’s bad at, so be patient and get used to it. The more lorries you try, the better they’ll be. With every upgrade, lorries feel newer, sleeker and faster with better brakes, and they handle better too.

A big caution to logistic drivers in Asia

Many logistic drivers have to do some really big jobs from time to time, and driving in Asia could well be on the list, so it’s important to be prepared just in case you’re ever asked to drive in Asia. Firstly, you have to remember that there are going to a lot more bikes on the road, not just cycles and motorbikes but mopeds too, and these aren’t the most powerful vehicles. That said, they are happy to weave through the traffic and as you’re driving a considerably larger vehicle you have to constantly pass them with with caution, and you’re going to have to use your horn to make them aware of your presence a lot more than you would in the UK. You also need to remember that the same rules do not apply, and in Vietnam for example, people don’t always pay attention to red lights or green lights, so always be extra careful and use your mirrors constantly!

 

The Logistics of Managing a Large Fleet

A large fleet of cars doesn’t need to be difficult to run. You just need to make sure you approach the task in the right way. Make sure you have a dedicated fleet manager on board and this will instantly begin to save you a lot of time and effort.

Your fleet manager can be a member of staff or alternatively, they can be an external company who you choose to outsource work to. You will be able to save a lot of money if you do this, as you won’t need to pay a full time wage.

Make sure all your vehicles are properly tracked and accounted for. If new vehicles are purchased, your fleet manager should be the first person to know so they can get them registered and set up all the appropriate processes.

Talk to staff members who have company vehicles and make sure they fully understand their obligations.

Why Diesel Powered Engines Need To Change

Diesel engines have been a topic for debate for many years. Government has been constantly putting pressure on manufactures to update the technology and reduce toxic emissions. Most utility vehicles in the UK are powered by diesel engines, it’s a widely used technology despite it’s past criticisms, however this is beginning to change.

One of the main reasons diesel engines have been widely adopted for utility use has been the low cost of diesel, and the high power of diesel engines. But the days where gasoline is significantly more expensive than diesel are diminishing, in fact it now costs roughly the same if not more to fill the tank of a diesel vehicle.

Along with this, hybrid engines are becoming more and more popular. While this technology is still relatively expensive to use, it is being developed at a significant rate. It would not be a huge shock to see most utility vehicles powered engines like this in the next decade.

When Should Fog Lights Be Used?

The simple answer to this is that fog lights should be used when visibility is reduced to around 100 meters or less. However there are some other important factors that should be considered when using fog lights on the road.

Firstly,  all cars are required by law to have fog lights installed. However, there is no legal obligation for drivers to use them. It might also be the case that a driver simply forgets to put them on, so always be aware.

Some vehicles only have rear fog lights installed, which will help other motorists see that vehicle but the drivers visibility will not be improved.

When fog lights are switched on in a car a fog light indicator will be illuminated on the dashboard of the vehicle. This can be useful for the driver to check if the fog lights are functioning correctly without having to leave the vehicle.