Delivery drivers have become more ubiquitous. Their visibility has grown even more so in the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with more such drivers on road for companies such as Amazon, FedEx, UPS and food delivery services, there also is a greater chance of more motor vehicle accidents.
These drivers also are faced with untold pressure from their companies to meet quotas lest they be out of a job for not doing so. With their tight schedules, drivers often resort to speed, letting safety fall by the wayside and endangering other drivers.
Company quotas to distracted driving
Here are some of the factors that may contribute to careless and reckless driving along with some of the accompanying behind-the-wheel behavior:
- Meeting company quotas: Every day, drivers face this pressure as their employers may let them know that driving fast works in their favor. When impatience and aggression combine with speed, drivers turn into a threat to others on the road.
- Certain incentives: Some companies dangle incentives such as bonuses to drivers. For a driver, this represents encouragement to get their work done more quickly, potentially leading them to making reckless and careless driving maneuvers.
- Distracted driving: The use of navigation systems and apps while behind the wheel are distractions and place delivery drivers and other drivers at risk for a crash.
- Driving in unfamiliar neighborhoods: Quickly on the go, drivers may find themselves in unfamiliar areas, which can be difficult to navigate. More problems surface when such areas are poorly lit or detours are present, causing more confusion.
- Illegal parking: It is not uncommon for delivery drivers to ignore traffic laws. Many resort to double-parking, which can cause troubles for other drivers. Obstructed views can lead to collisions.
The pressure and the symptoms that come with this pressure endanger anyone on the road.
Be vigilant around delivery drivers
When you see delivery drivers in their haste, do you best to steer clear of them. Sadly, the pressure from their employers may lead to delivery drivers taking unnecessary risks and breaking the law, while risking the lives of others.