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Lorry drivers and satnav technology

Being a lorry drivers isn’t an easy job contrary to what some may think. Besides the long hours and sometimes physically demanding days, moving a huge vehicle through sometimes unbearable traffic can be quite a task especially for those who have to travel through busy cities and towns where there are tons of restrictions and spaces that your lorry just won’t fit into.

Luckily for some more fortunate lorry drivers, they have set routes which they get used to over time and after a few months with know the area like the back of their hand. Unfortunately for others, they will have to head off in a new direction almost every day and not knowing exactly where you can and cannot go due to traffic restrictions, low hanging bridges and narrow alleys. This can quickly become a nightmare, especially since most navigation systems were designed with cars in mind and thus don’t take into account large, abnormally shaped and heavy vehicles.

Navtruck

Navtruck however provides such drivers with a great alternative to getting around without having to worry about backing their lorry up for an eternity, because their GPS sent them down the tiniest road in the city. Not only does this app take into account lorry restricted roads when planning your route, it also avoids any low bridge overpasses with width and height restrictions.

This alone is something which can make life so much easier but some of the other commercial considerations just take this app to the next level. This app not only allows you to input the dimensions of your lorry to ensure that all roads selected are appropriate, it also allows you to change between vehicles of different sizes which have already been inputted automatically. This means that no matter which type of lorry you have to drive around for the day switching is quick and simple.

Smartphone app

There are several other ‘little’ features that also enhance this app just a little more, such as the fact that highways are preferred to smaller roads or that it avoids U-turns at all costs. These of course are apart from conventional navigation system add-ons such as live traffic and weather updates or points of interest- although the points of interest are custom designed for lorry users such as truck stops or weigh stations or rest areas.

This app is available on IPhone platforms through IOS and can easily be downloaded and installed. There are of course customised extras which can also be purchased with this app such as special features including alerts for mixer which optimises safety when transporting a mixer.

It goes without saying that just like most IPhone apps worth mentioning, you have a wide selection of languages, the app can be used while on phone calls or while other apps are also being used. All in all a great app for any lorry driver, making life just that much easier and working that much safer.

What to do when your parcel is damaged?

So, you finally mustered up the courage or saved up the cash to order that something indulgent you’ve been eyeing online since forever and even though the website said shipping time was only a few days you knew it was going to take a week or two, but you waited patiently none the less. Then all of a sudden you doorbell rings out of the blue just before you forgot about the parcel and suddenly you exited because it finally arrived!

Most times you get so excited you just sign and run back inside to unfurl you long awaited treasure and to your utter shock and horror, your parcel arrived damaged. This must have happened to everyone at least once in their lifetime- for regular shoppers at least once every couple of months, but what should you do?

Don’t panic!

Well before you start to panic (even though this is still most frustrating either way), this doesn’t mean that all is lost. Most online vendors will gladly refund your money or more likely replace the damaged item at no charge to you. Yes, you will have to wait for the new one to arrive in the post again, but it will come. For these types of situations there will usually be a process to follow, which could either entail calling a customer care centre or e-mailing the company with your complaint. You may have to at this point supply copies of your purchase, fill out a claim form and even sometimes end a picture of the damaged item- mostly companies use this information to track the cause and deal with the delivery service, or branch of their company.

Is parcel insurance worth it?

On the other hand, sometimes parcels sent by friends or relatives can arrive damaged and at this point there’s only one important question to answer. Did you or the sender take out insurance on the parcel?

Well unlike online vendors, postal and parcel services are unlikely to replace the item or refund you for its value, unless it’s a private delivery vendor which provides insurance as a standard feature. However you look at it, these instances where privately sent packages were damaged are usually going to be more of a pain to recoup your losses. As mentioned it is highly possible and if you have taken out insurance it could be a simple process if the insurance provider or customer service branch of the postal service is easy to deal with- not likely but possible.

It is important when claiming damages on privately sent parcels that all criteria are met. This usually refers to commonly excluded items from parcel insurance such as crockery, cameras or monitors. Additionally there may also be specification as to how the parcel should be packaged to be covered but this may vary from one delivery services or insurance provider to another.

The easiest solution is usually just to make sure that you package you parcels as safely as is humanly possible- loads of bubble wrap, reinforced boxes and jus an extra hint of care.

Freight Forwarders are a Game Changer

You may be surprised to learn that not every business is willing to ship to certain places or countries in this day and age. It’s hard to imagine but this is sadly still a reality, and then of during course sales or exchanges between private persons, most sellers will most certainly not go through all the trouble of packing your purchase and having it send half way across the world to you.

There is still hope and this is evident through the rising popularity of freight forwarders, also sometimes calls forwarders, forward agents or more formally as non-vessel operating common carriers-NVOCCs. Well essentially these freight forwarders simply arrange for goods to get from one place to another, such as a manufacturer to the client. This is perhaps a dramatic oversimplification of the long list of services which they could offer you.

The type of freight forwarding agent or their speciality

Depending on the type of freight forwarding agent or their speciality, they could arrange for collection, transportation and shipping of goods, in addition to preparation of required paperwork when shipping items out of a specific country or to your specific country. For smaller clients however you could also arrange with such an agent for storage of parcels and goods  in their specific region or country and when several items have accrued over time they can ship every together as one parcel to your desired address.

These types of transactions can vary in nature as some agents will be more flexible while other can be quite rigid with the list of services offered or the manner in which they are offered. Mostly you would have access to a variety of shipping methods, which could include aeroplanes, trucks, trains and private courier vehicles, each of course with its own cost.

Cost and fees

Additionally you should expect to cover the cost of documentation or handover fees, in addition to the actually shipping and storage fees which you might incur. What makes these agents so unique is that many of them will have forwarding locations, offices or partner companies in most major cities around the world which means that if you need to do business in multiple locations one agent would most likely be able to take care of all your logistical needs.

Unique feature

Another unique feature of their services is that most freight forwarding agents are more approachable and more flexible than bigger companies, which means that you can discuss unique requirements you may have and together come up with feasible solutions, which many bigger companies don’t have available to smaller buyers.

However, as with most things in life, quality usually costs. Often we can be easily taken in by low shipping or storage rates but this does not necessarily mean that your items will arrive in a timeous or safe manner. Because you will in most cases not meet with the agent in person, or the agent will not have a local branch in your country it may be wise to first check out the company before entrusting them with your valuable goods.

How to Load and Secure Load on a Vehicle

According to the HSE, dangerous loading on vehicles accounts for more than 1,200 injuries each year and millions of pounds of damaged goods in British businesses. Thus, correctly safeguarding loads is good for business – this means items are delivered on time and safely.

 

You must follow all guidelines and precautions before you carry out any form of loading on vehicles otherwise you risk messing up and putting not only yourself in danger, but also everyone else as well as the goods.

 

5 Quick Tips to Ease Loading:

 

  • Avoid loading unless you have enough light. Make sure you have appropriate lightening in the area, and you can see what you are doing.

 

  • You must have a detailed inspection of the vehicle. Make sure everything (horns, reflectors, lights) are present and working in their best conditions.

 

  • Use a bubble wrap or tarp to cover small objects.

 

  • If it is a passenger vehicle, then make sure unsecured objects must not be loaded loosely. Upon stopping, it might jerk off and hit the passenger.

 

  • When on the way, keep checking from time to time to guarantee that everything is in its place.

 

When you load…

 

  • Do not overload. You know how much your vehicle can load, therefore utilize that capacity in the best way. Overloading can cause serious issues.

 

  • Pick a suitable vehicle for each type of goods. Raw materials, fabrics, liquids, company goods, in fact, everything has its particular kind of car.

 

  • Use hooks, eyes, rails, anchors, clamps, straps, chains or ropes to hold the load in its fix place.

 

  • It is preferred to pack everything in even boxes or wrappings such as cartons to keep them super secure.

 

  • Keep the locks and lashings tight. And cover the goods with sheets of plastic or fabric so that they are secured in unexpected and unsuitable weather.

 

  • Don’t pile the objects on the top of another. This means attaining height, which is risky. Carriers with a high centre of gravity are expected to become unstable when overloaded.

 

  • You must not leave space between load and headboard.

 

How to properly secure loads?

 

  • There are multiple options to be used for securing loads on a vehicle. There are combinations as well, which can be used at a time for proper stability and safety of loads.

 

  • Blocking and Bracing: Lumber, metal and even plastic bars are used to inhibit front to rear shifting of loads in a vehicle.

 

  • Fasteners: Nails and bolts are used to brace the loads. They are either used separately or on wood blocks which help to hold goods.

 

  • Dunnage: Scrap wood is used to fill voids. They fill the space between the goods and prevent the shifting of the load.

 

  • Strapping: Steel, polyester, nylon, paper strapping’s are used to hold the loads tightly in its place. They offer strength, elasticity and ability to withstand various environments. Very easy to use and safe. They are available at affordable costs.

 

  • Lashings: Ropes, chains, wires, nets and cables are used to secure the load. It minimizes the shifting of goods.

 

Carelessness can lead to….

 

Many times drivers and people who load goods on vehicles leave everything on luck. They don’t take guidelines seriously and show carelessness in taking safety precautions. The repercussions are inevitable. In such conditions, injuries and deaths are a common occurrence.

 

  • Vehicles which are overloaded or improperly loaded lose their balance and overturn.

 

  • When there is space left between the headboard and loaded goods, braking can be fatal for the driver.

 

  • When goods are not packed in a satisfactory way, then, they either fall off or bang against each other resulting in damage.
International Driving – What Documents Do You Need?

When embarking on a journey abroad, it is common to find some folks going for the option of renting vehicles. This highlights some of the most exhilarating feelings during travelling, whereby you have the freedom of hopping into a car and driving to a destination of your choice. However, driving in foreign countries is not as straightforward as it is made to sound.

There are some documents that you require to show that you are legally allowed to travel in these countries. This article gives a great insight into some of the documents that you should ensure you have within your reach so as to ensure that you are within the confines of the law when driving abroad.

 

International Driving Permits

One of the essential documents that you need to have with you in order to be on the safe side when driving a vehicle abroad is the International Driving Permit (IDP). In regard to this, the question of what an IDP is could quite easily crop up. So what really is an International Driving Permit?

The International Driving Permit (IDP), which can also be referred to as the International Driving License, refers to a type of document that allows you to drive a vehicle legally while abroad. It is important to note that this license is used in conjunction with your home country’s valid driver’s license. The IDP is not meant for replacing the driver’s license issued in your home country. Instead, it is used as some form of language translator of the validity of your driving license. Some of the features that it packs include; your name and relevant information regarding you as a driver.

 

Passports

For you to drive in foreign countries without having to keep looking over your shoulder, you should always ensure that you have a valid passport with you. In addition to this, always ensure that you’ve checked the passport’s expiry date as well as the rules of entry of all the countries that fall within the route you will be using to travel. This is because some countries require you to have a certain amount of time left in your passport before it is declared to be expired. A good example is a country like Turkey whereby you need a minimum of 6 months to the expiry date of your passport for you to be allowed entry.

 

Visas

Visas are among the essential documents that you can have when it comes to international travelling. The use of a visa is not only restricted to boarding a plane to foreign countries, on the contrary, it can be applied in a number of many other scenarios such as international driving. If you have a passport from the UK or even a member country of the EU, you do not require a visa to drive in EU member countries. However, in the event that you are travelling to countries out of the EU, then ensure that you have your Visa with you.

 

Conclusion

International driving is one of the most exciting activities that one can take to when visiting a foreign country. However, there are some things that one must take into consideration before embarking on driving in foreign countries. These range from learning the specific traffic rules of that particular country to abiding by the regulations that govern drivers in that country. Having the correct documents to allow you to validly drive abroad is an essential hurdle one must jump. So, next time you’re planning on driving through foreign countries, make sure you have these required documents!

How to get the most from your storage space

When you are about to ship cargo one thing you might want to consider is how to fit everything in a limited amount of space available to you. Of course, this is because; space usually equal money in the shipping business. Hence, more space equals more money.

So, one of the questions people often ask is how to pack their items correctly without taking up too much space. Yes, it can be a nightmare when you have so many things to pack, but with not much space to pack everything. Here is where the creative mindsets kick in – you start to make theoretical calculations on how to fit large boxes in tiny spaces.

Although your elementary math can help here, it should please you to know that there are tricks and tips to get you out of this little predicament. We’ve written a guide on how to best use your storage space to get the most out of it.

Choose A Container That Fits Your Needs

The foremost thing to do is to select a container which is the right size for the items you want to store. If you have only a handful of things, then you should opt for a 2.3m by 2.3m mini cube, and if you have significantly more, then you will need a forty foot container.

Work out the size of items you are expecting and estimate the size of the storage container you will need for that.

Stack Items That Are Not Breakable

For your non-breakable items, you can place them in boxes, one on top of the other. Putting things in boxes means all the available space can be filled as boxes tend to have regular shapes. It also removes the difficulties associated with storing odd-shaped items.

When packing and unpacking in a storage container, goods should be stacked on one end at the end of the storage space. Other items are placed on top until there is no space left to add more things.

The next row is filled in a similar manner, and this continues until space gets filled.

Clear Excess Packaging When Shipping Bulky Items

Bulky items are often difficult to store because of the difficulty involved in moving them, and this usually results in them being put in inappropriate positions which don’t maximize the space available.

It can lead to safety concerns while moving these items. Hence, one way to reduce the amount of load is by decreasing their size and weight, and this can be done by removing any unnecessary packaging which can be done away with.

Leave Packaging On For Items Susceptible To The Environment

Some items are prone to damage due to changes in humidity and temperature so it’s best to leave the packaging on for goods of this nature as this can help protect them.

The packaging might take some extra room, but it beats losing them on account of wanting to economize space.

Allow Easy Access To Items With Immediate Need

There might be the temptation to use every inch of floor space in the storage space, but this will prove to be an unwise decision especially if you have to retrieve items from it.

Remember to position goods which you may have to access quickly within easy reach, and If you are going to be taking things out on a regular basis, then it is a good idea to leave a central aisle to facilitate access.

The bottom line

Using space efficiently can save you money and ensure that all your goods fit into your storage space. It is also a useful means to reduce the amount you spend on storing items and the methods described above are a few of the ways you can get the most out of your storage space.

How To Get The Most From Your Storage Space

How To Get The Most From Your Storage Space

When you are about to ship cargo one thing you might want to consider is how to fit everything in a limited amount of space available to you. Of course, this is because; space usually equal money in the shipping business. Hence, more space equals more money.

So, one of the questions people often ask is how to pack their items correctly without taking up too much space. Yes, it can be a nightmare when you have so many things to pack, but with not much space to pack everything. Here is where the creative mindsets kick in – you start to make theoretical calculations on how to fit large boxes in tiny spaces.

Although your elementary math can help here, it should please you to know that there are tricks and tips to get you out of this little predicament. We’ve written a guide on how to best use your storage space to get the most out of it.

Choose A Container That Fits Your Needs

The foremost thing to do is to select a container which is the right size for the items you want to store. If you have only a handful of things, then you should opt for a 2.3m by 2.3m mini cube, and if you have significantly more, then you will need a forty foot container.

Work out the size of items you are expecting and estimate the size of the storage container you will need for that.

Stack Items That Are Not Breakable

For your non-breakable items, you can place them in boxes, one on top of the other. Putting things in boxes means all the available space can be filled as boxes tend to have regular shapes. It also removes the difficulties associated with storing odd-shaped items.

When packing and unpacking in a storage container, goods should be stacked on one end at the end of the storage space. Other items are placed on top until there is no space left to add more things.

The next row is filled in a similar manner, and this continues until space gets filled.

Clear Excess Packaging When Shipping Bulky Items

Bulky items are often difficult to store because of the difficulty involved in moving them, and this usually results in them being put in inappropriate positions which don’t maximize the space available.

It can lead to safety concerns while moving these items. Hence, one way to reduce the amount of load is by decreasing their size and weight, and this can be done by removing any unnecessary packaging which can be done away with.

Leave Packaging On For Items Susceptible To The Environment

Some items are prone to damage due to changes in humidity and temperature so it’s best to leave the packaging on for goods of this nature as this can help protect them.

The packaging might take some extra room, but it beats losing them on account of wanting to economize space.

Allow Easy Access To Items With Immediate Need

There might be the temptation to use every inch of floor space in the storage space, but this will prove to be an unwise decision especially if you have to retrieve items from it.

Remember to position goods which you may have to access quickly within easy reach, and If you are going to be taking things out on a regular basis, then it is a good idea to leave a central aisle to facilitate access.

storage space

The bottom line

Using space efficiently can save you money and ensure that all your goods fit into your storage space. It is also a useful means to reduce the amount you spend on storing items and the methods described above are a few of the ways you can get the most out of your storage space.

 

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