Courier Driver Tips: Protecting Your Goods in Transit
For the self employed driver making a living doing courier jobs, protecting goods in transit is an important aspect of the business. These tips may help.
If you're a self employed driver making a living from courier jobs, the goods you transport (no matter how large or small) are what, in effect, constitutes your livelihood. So it follows that protecting those goods while they're in your possession is of the utmost importance. As well as getting the right insurance, there are other steps you can put in place as preventative measures so, as much as possible, you can ensure the goods you're moving arrive safe and sound.
If anything connected to any of these things occurs to other people's possessions that you're transporting, there's no doubt you'll have to wear some of the responsibility and costs – even with insurance. It's simply one of the unavoidable aspects of being self employed.
Secure your vehicle: Make sure as the most basic habit you lock your car or van when you're away from it, even for a moment. You should also consider investing in a vehicle alarm, tracking devices, cameras and/or telematics devices. Not only will these make your insurance premiums cheaper in most cases, it will almost certainly act as a deterrent to would-be thieves.
Safe handling of goods: While in the majority of cases (unless you’re contracted to do otherwise) the packing of the goods you transport will be down to the sender, having your own set of standards is also a wise idea. As the items are your responsibility when in transit, making sure fragile or sensitive goods are adequately protected is essential. This applies to loading, stacking and unloading at the destination as well.
The Last Word
As well as covering the goods against theft, damage and loss, a decent goods in transit insurance policy will cover damage from a third party (members of the public) and self employed sub-contractors you might employ to carry out an overflow of your courier jobs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day self employed courier jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.