Road Hazards: From B Roads to Low Bridges
Have you ever stopped to consider the various road hazards that impact delivery drivers and HGV drivers in the UK? From unsuitable road surfaces and poor weather conditions to high vehicles becoming wedged under low bridges, drivers don’t always have an easy time of it.
Unsuitable B roads
Sometimes travelling via B roads offers a faster and more direct route than A roads, but they aren’t always suitable for HGVs. And even where bigger vehicles can use them, bad weather conditions, such as snow, ice and heavy rain can make driving particularly hazardous.
Restricted A roads
Although A roads are generally considered suitable for all types of traffic, including HGVs, some of them have restricted lane use for larger vehicles. On such roads, trucks can be forced to travel more slowly, which can have a negative impact on delivery times.
The majority of low bridges tend to carry railway lines over main roads, making them almost impossible to raise. Yet every month there are incidents reported in the news where HGV drivers have misjudged the height of their vehicles, crashing into low bridges. This causes considerable damage and not to mention unwanted and avoidable delays.
There’s a legal requirement for HGV drivers to take breaks after a certain time, which can slow down deliveries. For example, drivers must take a 45-minute break after driving for four and a half hours, with a compulsory rest period of 11 hours every working day.
Avoiding the hazards
Here at GenRev our vehicles aren’t affected by HGV issues, because we use smaller vehicles to supply parts to our customers. Our vans can navigate any type of road, including those with low bridges. And thanks to our use of trunking, as we explained in a previous blog post, our drivers don’t have to travel for long distances, so they’re not affected by the same issues facing HGV drivers.
Getting your time-critical spare parts and deliveries to you is what we do best, and we have a variety of methods for achieving it. Our In Boot parts delivery service ensures spare parts are delivered directly to your technicians vehicles before they start work. Meanwhile, our In Night service avoids daytime traffic jams and delays by getting your deliveries to you first thing in the morning.
We also offer a Just In Time distribution service, which saves you money on warehousing and staffing costs. This service also ensures parts are delivered to where they need to be, exactly when you need them.
When you rely on spare parts deliveries to service customer repairs, you should avoid being at the mercy of UK road hazards. GenRev’s smart delivery solutions help you manage your spare parts, so your field engineers receive these on time to fix urgent customer repairs.
Reduce the risk of delays for your spare part deliveries with GenRev. Contact us to find out more about the benefits of our In Boot, In Night and Just in Time services.