At R Courier, we have a number of drivers out on any given day, all of whom are trained to handle a range of vehicle types in order to provide time sensitive courier services to medical facilities across Canada. Not only do they need exceptional driving skills, but they also are trained on how to handle sensitive medical packages like specimens and samples that need to be carefully delivered.

We are the ones you go to when you need a reliable courier who can get the job done safely and on time, and we take this job very seriously. That’s why we train our drivers to follow these ten best driving practices while out on the road for hours at a time.

1. Perform Regular Vehicle Maintenance

Especially if you’re out on the road a lot, it’s important to get regular vehicle check-ups and maintenance that includes oil changes and brake padding checks. Before heading out on the road, always do a circle check of your vehicle and make sure nothing looks amiss.

2. Always Wear Your Seatbelt

This one seems obvious but a number of people don’t take wearing their seatbelt seriously. It’s an essential part of saving yourself from injury in the event of an accident.

3. Plan Your Route

Route planning is a great way to ensure that you are driving with confidence. This is why we provide medical delivery powered by GPS technology with route navigation and tracking, to ensure that our drivers have the fastest (and safest) route to their destination.

4. Maintain a Safe Speed

Even though many of us have somewhere we need to be, it’s always safest to maintain a proper speed and adhere to designated signage.

5. Be Careful in Bad Weather

It’s important to take extra precautions in bad weather, like driving below the speed limit, leaving extra space between you and the car in front of you, and taking curves slowly and carefully.

6. Leave a Safe Distance between Vehicles

Even if the weather is fine, it’s important to leave ample space between you and the car ahead. It’s recommended that there should be a two second space between both vehicles, which can be counted using a marker like a road sign or telephone pole.

7. Practice Defensive Driving

Defensive driving is all about anticipating potential problems ahead of time, and practicing safe driving principles in general. Even if it means yielding to other cars when you have the right of way, it’s always safest to choose the less aggressive option when driving.

8. Watch Out for Other Vehicles

Just because you might be a good driver doesn’t mean that everyone else is. Always watch for other people on the road, as a number of them have bad driving habits like speeding, running lights, and tailgating.

9. Be Well-Rested

It’s never safe to drive while drowsy, which is why it’s important to maintain a healthy sleep schedule.

10. Don’t Drive Distracted

Distracted driving is actually the number one reason for road accidents in Ontario. Never use your phone while operating a vehicle; instead use hands-free devices with voice-assisted navigation.

It’s because of driving habits like these that our drivers are able to deliver the best medical courier services in Toronto. Give us a call if you are in need of a courier and you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands.