Welcome to Company Name Ltd! Your safety, professionalism,
and well-being are our top priorities. This HGV Driver Handbook is your
essential guide to ensure a successful and secure journey on the road.
Your Role and Expectations
As a representative of Company Name Ltd, you are not just a
driver; you're an ambassador for our company. Upholding the highest standards
of professionalism, both on and off the road, contributes to the positive image
of our organisation.
Vehicle Operation Best Practices
Before each journey, take a moment to ensure your vehicle is
in top-notch condition:
tyre pressure, oil levels, and brake efficiency.
lights, indicators, and reflective markings.
Safe Loading Practices
Secure your cargo effectively to prevent accidents and
damage during transit:
load restraints for even weight distribution.
regular checks and adjustments during long journeys.
Defensive Driving Techniques
Be proactive in anticipating and responding to potential
a safe following distance.
heightened vigilance in adverse weather conditions.
Adhering to Speed Limits and Traffic Rules
Safety is paramount; strictly adhere to speed limits and
speed restrictions in built-up areas.
specific speed limits for HGVs on motorways.
Fuel Efficiency Tips
Contribute to cost savings and environmental responsibility:
smooth acceleration and deceleration techniques.
off the engine during prolonged stops.
Compliance with Regulations
driving time, breaks, and rest periods accurately.
yourself with digital tachograph operation.
Working Time Directive
to maximum weekly working hours, encompassing driving and other
Load Security Regulations
guidelines for secure loading of goods.
appropriate restraints and securing methods.
Before each journey, run through this checklist to ensure
a comprehensive pre-trip vehicle inspection.
a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance documents.
any permits required for specific routes.
regular maintenance for safety standards.
Navigating Low Bridges
GPS systems with height restrictions to plan routes.
close attention to road signs indicating low bridges.
the vehicle's height prominently for easy reference.
ongoing training on recognising and avoiding low bridges.
Driver Well-being and Personal Safety
rest breaks for mental and physical refreshment.
a healthy diet and stay adequately hydrated.
stress through stress-relief techniques.
communication channels open for any concerns.
secure parking locations.
the vehicle locked and be aware of your surroundings.
the driver's seat for comfort and support.
regular stretching exercises during breaks.
Mental Health Support
company resources, such as counselling services, to support mental health.
emergency situations, keep a well-stocked emergency kit in the vehicle.
Dealing with Road Accidents, Incidents, Theft, and
Road Accidents and Incidents
the safety of all involved parties, including yourself.
possible and safe, move the vehicles to the side of the road to prevent
emergency services immediately (999 in the UK) in case of injuries or
details with other involved parties, including names, addresses,
insurance information, and vehicle registration numbers.
the incident to Company Name Ltd as soon as possible, providing detailed
photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any relevant road
signs. Take witnesses if present.
Theft Prevention and Response
security measures to safeguard cargo during transit.
secure parking locations and lock the vehicle when unattended.
vigilant in unfamiliar locations and report any suspicious activity
theft occurs, report it to the authorities and Company Name Ltd promptly.
alternative routes for potential road closures or delays.
prepared for adverse weather conditions and have alternative plans in
contingency plans for long deliveries, including rest stops and potential
a list of emergency contacts, including Company Name Ltd contacts and
Use of Mobile Devices and Electronic Devices
mobile devices only in hands-free mode while driving.
over to a safe location before using mobile devices for non-emergency
routes and use voice commands to minimise distractions.
specific times for checking and responding to company communication via
prohibit texting, browsing, or any activity that diverts attention from
Education and Training
training on the dangers of distracted driving and the company's policies
regarding mobile device use.
Consequences of Violations
outline consequences for violating the mobile device policy.
awareness of and compliance with local laws regarding mobile device use
In conclusion, this Company Name Ltd HGV Driver Handbook is
your guide to safe, compliant, and professional driving. Regularly refer to
this handbook, participate in ongoing training, and contribute to our shared
commitment to safety and excellence. Safe driving!