The safety of your load is our responsibility. FDK Transport takes pride in our work. Therefore, let’s look at the duties of a truck driver and the benefits of road transportation.
When it comes to the safety of your load, you need to look for a reliable transport company with experienced truck drivers. Truck drivers are responsible for transporting materials from one location to another safely and on time. Trust FDK Transport with your load for complete peace of mind.
When it comes to different loads that need to be transported, we will access the amount of cargo that needs to be transported as well as the distance the truck needs to travel. When it comes to cargo, cargo can be anything from cars, furniture, and timber, livestock, bulk water supply, animal feed, mining, and construction equipment to containers. While transporting goods is a truck driver’s primary responsibility, they are also expected to perform other duties such as:
· Loading and unloading trucks.
· They need to ensure that the truck they drive is kept in good condition and that maintenance work is kept up to date.
· Truck drivers need to be skilled at plotting the best routes for a journey so they can reach their destination on time. Large trucks may even have to take detours if there are roads that cannot accommodate their vehicle.
· Driving jobs also include administrative duties such as keeping truck logs and obtaining customer signatures. Truck drivers liaise with their supervisors via radio or telephone and they must stay in touch with their company while they are doing a delivery.
· They need to follow safety regulations and make sure that the products they are transporting are secure. Daily vehicle inspections are important to maintain safety standards and prevent damage to people or products.
· The drivers need to adhere to speed limits at all times. The driver is also expected to keep a safe following distance while driving. The driver must ensure that the truck is not overloaded at any point in time and that no passengers are being carried in the truck.
· It is also the driver’s responsibility to keep his truck clean and washed at all times.
· Far distance trips are also part of a driver’s job. The driver is expected to leave at any hour, to be on time for the delivery. This may include an entire weekend away from their families.
· The driver needs to be awake and alert for the entire trip. When he feels tired, he will stop in a secure location such as a petrol station to have a few hours of sleep before driving again.
One thing that FDK Transport enforces is on-time delivery. We don’t accept drivers being late for deliveries. We operate with integrity and strive to instill this quality in every one of our drivers.
The minimum requirement for all our drivers is a heavy vehicle driver’s license. It is also beneficial to complete an Advanced Driving Course. They also need to complete a medical examination.
For reliable transport services with qualified truck drivers, contact FDK Transport today.
Why Choose Road Transport?
Road transport has long since replaced rail carriage as the dominant form of long-distance freight transport in South Africa. On long hauls, road freight carriers can transport certain primary products of an organic nature, such as timber, fish, and agricultural products (for example, livestock, fresh and frozen meats, fruit, vegetables, and dairy products), some semi-finished goods, and most finished goods.
Road freight transport is more flexible and versatile than other modes of transport, because of the vast networks of roads. It can, therefore, offer point-to-point service to almost any destination. It is this flexibility and versatility that has enabled road freight transport to become dominant in most countries.
Road freight carriage offers clients reliable service with little damage or loss in transit. It generally provides much faster service than rail transport and compares favorably with air carriers on short hauls. Many road freight carriers, particularly those involved in “just-in-time” services, operate according to a scheduled timetable. This results in reliable transit times. Road freight carriers are, therefore, able to compete with air transport for small shipments, i.e. partial loads or less-than-truckload (LTL) consignments – and with rail transport for larger shipments.
Typical benefits of road transport:
· Door-to-door service: Road transport is not limited to a fixed route or fixed terminals. Consignments can be conveyed directly from a shipper to a receiver without the need for specially-built terminals.
· Accessibility: Road carriers can deliver in every country or economically-active region in the world. Deliveries are, therefore, usually prompt.
· Freight protection: As a result of the ability to supply a door-to-door service, little handling, and few transhipments take place between destinations. Separate feeding/collection and line-hauling are often not necessary, and neither is delivery or distribution activities.
· Speed: This mode of transport maintains short door-to-door transit times, especially over short distances. When delays occur as a result of traffic congestion or other incidents, it is often possible to follow alternative routes.
· Capacity: The vehicle’s carrying capacity, although relatively small compared with other modes of transport, is adaptable and can be readily increased.
· High frequency: A high service frequency can be maintained as a result of the small carrying capacity and high speed of road vehicles.
Typical limitations of road transport:
· Limited carrying capacity: The dimensions and gross mass of road vehicles are limited through legislation.
· High environmental impact: Road vehicles create noise and air pollution.
· Vulnerability to external factors: Inclement weather conditions and traffic congestion can impact the reliability and punctuality of road transport operations – especially in countries with severe climatic conditions, such as heavy fog and snowfalls.
· High energy consumption: To convey one unit of freight, road vehicles consume more energy/fuel than other forms of surface transport.
· Shared right of way: On public roads, the right of way is shared with other traffic, which increases safety and security risks and the occurrence of unexpected delays.
For example, An accident involving a truck with hazardous goods on board may result in a road closure lasting several hours. In addition to high accident risk, road vehicles are vulnerable to theft and hijacking.
Here at FDK Transport, we will continue to bring out the strengths of road transport and diminish the limitations, so that our clients can experience the best in road transport.