Thursday, June 6, 2013

Courier Jobs are more exciting than you think

If you’re really into transport, then looking out for courier jobs could be the vocation for you.
Typically, the first thing that comes to mind, when we think of courier jobs, is (usually) a man driving a van, or a larger lorry, or riding a motorbike, delivering goods to businesses and personal customers.
While this does seem simple enough, there are some key characteristics which all courier jobs would ask from you.

 
Logistic Precision

As a courier driver you will need to be well prepared for the day ahead and know your way around the area allocated to you very, very well.

Safety, Safety, Safety!

While you would not be afraid to of getting the wind in your hair and you can brave whatever the weather out there maybe, courier companies have specific safety regimes which they would state in their descriptions for courier jobs.

Nobody ever think they will be injured and it is easy to get complacent and forget about the dangers on the roads. So, it’s the obvious – but ultimately protective measures for your own safety- little things you would be required to do, e.g. wear helmets while driving and riding your vehicle, replace your helmet if you happen to drop it (damage to helmets often cannot be seen with the naked eye and could therefore not serve as an effective protector), get proper lights and reflectors when riding a motorbike and bicycle, etc.

In fact, lighting is an issue, because some cyclists think that using small flashing lights will do – but these are deemed illegal when used on their own. You would need to have lights that are static and switched on at all times of riding. Also, make sure the lights are not damaged in any way so that they work properly, especially if you are working night shifts, as many courier jobs require you to.



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Do not get overconfident in traffic

The traffic is apparently still for a while and you, the courier driver, think it is safe for you to weave around the traffic, to get ahead of the queue. Needless to say, this is a dangerous situation, because you get into danger if you have not alerted the other drivers around you before you set off.
You should ideally have a bell that functions properly when riding a bicycle and a horn when riding a motorbike. These can be interpreted as being childish, but they have proven to safe many lives, so better to be judicious and not judgemental.
Yes, being fast is key to all courier jobs, but not at the cost of your life. So, while you need to be efficient, do not risk being overconfident.

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