Frequently Asked Questions

Is being a delivery driver bad for your back?

Prolonged sitting and heavy lifting can put a strain on your back. Drivers can improve back strength by applying proper lifting techniques, stretching regularly, and taking breaks throughout the day to avoid exhaustion. Wearing a supportive lower back belt can provide additional support for drivers who are lifting heavy items. 

What skills are most important for safe driving?

The most important skills for safe driving include following the rules of the road, staying alert and focused, planning ahead for road conditions, and being aware of your surroundings. Additionally, drivers must know how to check that their vehicle is in good condition before each delivery. 

How can I be a safer driver?

The best way to become a safer driver is to learn and practice defensive driving techniques. This includes being aware of your surroundings, avoiding distractions such as using cell phones, following the rules of the road, planning ahead, and performing vehicle checks before each trip. It’s also important to take regular breaks and maintain healthy eating and hydration habits while on the job.  

Are delivery drivers more likely to crash?

Delivery driving can be dangerous if safety protocols and precautions are not followed. Accidents involving delivery vehicles and couriers may lead to serious injuries and fatalities.

According to the National Safety Council, the number of injuries that involved large trucks increased by 5% in 2021, totaling approximately 155,000 injuries. This is due to the increased amount of time truck drivers spent on the road and lack of experience with driving in certain weather or traffic conditions. To reduce the risk of injury, delivery drivers should follow all safety procedures put in place by their employer and take steps to stay alert and aware while on the job. 

What are the risks of being a delivery driver?

Delivery drivers face many risks on the road. Drivers are exposed to hazardous materials, dangerous weather, and road conditions and can be at risk of motor vehicle accidents due to driver fatigue or distracted driving.

Delivery drivers also face many safety risks that aren’t directly related to driving. These can range from dog attacks, to being harassed by customers, to robberies and carjackings. The job can also include risks like slips and falls while in the warehouse or on customers’ property, and risk of injury from lifting heavy items. 

To mitigate these risks, drivers should always be alert and report any suspicious behavior or threats to their employer immediately. Lastly, drivers should be aware of their rights and responsibilities in regard to safety so they can protect themselves at all times while at work.