When you are considering a different line of work that allows you to have a fair bit more autonomy, movement, freedom and all the pros and cons that come along with it, running courier jobs up and down the length of the United Kingdom might be the perfect role for you. There are a few key items that you should have in your vehicle before you set out to undertake courier jobs, but don’t let that detract from the benefits of being able to get out and see and explore new places. Being a self-employed owner-driver who hauls loads as and when you like is an excellent way to name your hours. You should first sign up with courier exchange companies that will help you to match your vehicle and desired route with the loads that will fit and that you want to be responsible for. You can then bid on the load and take it from there. An added bonus of this type of organising loads is the minimising of empty return loads, meaning that you can plan to haul something to a specific destination and then be able to return with a paying load, too.
Since it always seems to be raining or about to in the United Kingdom, you don’t absolutely need to worry about being stranded somewhere without water while on your courier jobs to the more far-flung regions of the country, but you may want to put a small water purifier in the glove box just in case you need it. One thing you most definitely should have in your vehicle is some form of foodstuff that will last. This doesn’t mean throwing a bag of crisps in the back and calling it a day. Think about it and pack in your glove box or emergency kit things like granola bars and other long-lasting, slow burning forms of energy-rich foods that will keep you going should you find yourself without food somewhere. This is, of course, in addition to any cold weather gear you should always keep in your vehicle while hauling in the winter.
A recovery strap
Just when you think you may never need to haul a tree limb off the road, you will find yourself in need of a means to do so. One of the tools that you may not often consider in your normal driving life, but that you should on your courier jobs, is a recovery strap. These woven straps can often hold up to 30,000 pounds of pressure and are great for dragging another vehicle, getting yourself out of a sticky situation or even strapping down items or any type of tarpaulin that is used to cover some of your hauled goods.
The life hammer
With a name like the ‘life-hammer’, it is no wonder that this wee tool is often considered to be a mini-jaws of life. Though it’s not a tool you will come across in your average car, the life-hammer is one that should find a permanent home in whatever vehicle you use while on courier jobs. Small enough to fit in the glove box (along with your snacks), and often equipped with some sort of reflective or glow-in-the-dark pieces, the life- hammer is ideal for getting you out of trouble, should you need. The small hammer head has metal tips that are sharpened to a point that allows for easy breaking of glass windows and, on the other end, there is a covered razor blade that has been designed to cut a seatbelt safely and quickly.
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