A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump (mechanical, electronic, or chemical) that transfers heat from the inside of the fridge to its external environment so that the inside of the fridge is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature of the room. Cooling is a popular food storage technique in developed countries.
Regardless if you own a refrigerator van, or rent one for your business, you need to learn to drive as safely as possible. Being safe on the road means taking consideration of other drivers and driving with care. Also, don’t forget that at the back of the refrigerator van is your client’s order. A delay in delivery or damage to a client’s order due to an accident or other road mishap with the refrigerator van can really wreck your customer satisfaction track record. To help avoid such, make use of these six safety driving tips we’ve put together at Glacier Van for refrigerator van drivers.
Because of the height of bulkier refrigerator vans, many drivers are prone to keep their eyes down at the immediate front of the vehicle. This isn’t a safe way to drive a big refrigerator van. Instead, keep your eyes straight ahead. Keeping your eyes and attention on the road ahead instead of just what is immediately in front will give you ample time to notice stopped traffic, construction on the road, a pedestrian suddenly dashing into the road, or other unexpectedness. This way, you can avoid having to hit the brakes suddenly and prevent getting rear-ended, or dislodging and spilling your cargo.
Another key tip is to drive at a slow and steady pace. This way, if you do have to suddenly brake, the stop will be less of a jolt that may dislodge your cargo.
Remember that it’s not just you on the road. How you drive affects other road users just as much as how they drive affects you. Thus, always expect the worst and don’t be shy about letting others pass you. Assess potential risks of sudden turn or stops to mitigate potential issues and avoid risk of harm to yourself, refrigerator van, and cargo.
Driving a refrigerator van needs your undivided attention. This is important regardless if driving in the city or on a deserted country road. This is because even in the middle of nowhere, a sudden surprise can still spring up in the middle of the road if you aren’t paying attention.
Components such as your brakes, wipers, lights, tires, and so on should all be checked out before you take the van out for the day. If all such components are in top working condition, your vehicle will be better able to respond to your control when necessary. For instance, a sudden brake failure when you need to stop, or bald tires on a slippery road can all be avoided by performing basic checks.
When parking or driving, leave sufficient space between the refrigerator van and the next vehicle. This gives you ample opportunity to manoeuvre around a vehicle in front or behind you if necessary.
Keep your van out of the blind spot of other drivers, keep your lights on at night or when there’s limited visibility, and use your horn to the draw the attention of a road user you suspect may not have seen you.
Follow these tips and you would have played your part in being a safe refrigerator van driver.