Thailand’s roads are infamous around the globe. The World Health Organization and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have ranked Thai roads as the second most dangerous in the world. Tens of thousands of road accidents are reported each year. Being on the road presents risks for both drivers and cargo.
Despite the dangers, road transportation remains a crucial and essential way to get a shipment to its destination. It’s especially important when it comes to domestic distribution; road transportation is still one of the most popular and cost-efficient options for timely delivery. Knowing the risks that come along with this mode of transportation, what are some steps that service providers can take to ensure that cargo gets to its destination safely and securely?
Of course, keeping equipment such as tractorheads and chassis updated and maintained according to standard is an important step in minimizing the risk of an accident occurring on the road. Additionally, monitoring systems, not only for tracking shipments, but also for keeping an eye on a truck’s speed and location, can give transport and logistics companies a bit more visibility and control over each shipment’s journey.
However, despite the wonders of technology, the biggest concern when it comes to maintaining safety on the roads is the human element: the drivers. Drivers that follow road regulations and drive safely with vigilance play a huge role in minimizing the risks of road transport.
But to add an extra complication, there’s currently a significant driver shortage in Thailand, which makes it difficult to find qualified, trusted drivers to haul goods around the country. Because of this, it’s becoming more important than ever to train drivers. From safe driving practices to shift change procedures and rest requirements, the right training can go a long way in ensuring the safety of people and products on the roads all over Thailand.