A day in the life of an award-winning takeaway delivery driver
Given Brian’s age, the eating place is excited to let him paintings best when he desires to. He does about 10 hours every week, making as much as 60 deliveries, maximum no farther than 5 miles.
“I don’t use a sat-nav,” says Brian. “If I’m not sure, I just wind down the window and ask for directions.”
Brian’s present software for the activity is a Vauxhall Vectra; a 1.eight hatch registered in 2007 that he paid £1500 for a 12 months in the past. Then, it had 68,000 miles on the clock, however 12 months later, it’s appearing 90,000. Not all of it’s takeaway mileage. Brian additionally drives for Revcom, a volunteer organisation that gives charities with radio verbal exchange. The paintings takes him as a long way south as Somerset.
“The Vectra’s a very smooth car but it’s been through two clutches since I got it. I can’t understand why,” he says, sooner than moments later reversing a brief distance for footage, generously slipping the grasp as he does so…
Still, his level is that along with his previous Cavalier, he’d were given a grasp trade down to simply 20 mins. “The Cavalier was easily repairable, which is important when you’re taxiing,” he tells me. “A replacement clutch plate was £35. For the Vectra, it’s £250.”
His distrust of the Vectra almost definitely explains the toolbox he carries in its boot, except for that once I open it, I to find it’s full of emergency rations: sachets of Cadbury’s ingesting chocolate, a flask and a bottle of Benylin cough medication. “I never go anywhere without it,” he tells me.
Brian’s previous vehicles come with a Hillman Hunter, Avenger, Ford Consuls and a chain of Ford Cortinas, one of which he purchased with 92,000 miles on it and offered with 330,000.
“The Cortinas were dangerous in the wet,” he says. “Of them all, the Cavaliers were the best. You could go anywhere in them.”
Brian hates the symbol of delivery drivers as go-faster idiots. “I always make sure I’m in a safe place; a reasonable distance from the car in front and always observing what’s going on. I drove for a team of emergency doctors for a few years. When one of them was on board and on a call, I was allowed to break the speed limit. That taught me the value of good observation.”
I’m shocked, then, when Brian admits he lately were given a rushing price ticket for doing 36mph in a 30mph restrict.