If you have a career that requires you to do some driving, it is important that you are in complete control when you are behind the wheel. Sure, that’s because it will help you stay safe when out and about on the busy roads, but I also mean that in a figurative sense as well. You need to make sure that you have some control behind the wheel so that you can stay in control of your own career. There are many risks and hazards when you are driving, and when you drive for a living, there will be some extra risks that could end up affecting your career quite badly.
Ready to settle down in the driver’s seat and find out how you can stay in control of your work vehicle and, therefore, your whole career? Read on to find out more!
First and foremost, you need to drive as safely as possible. That means you will need to recollect all of the things that you learned in your driving lessons even if they were years ago. Our lessons are filled with lots of tips and tricks on how to stay safe on the road, but when we pass our test and start to drive on our own, we very often pick up bad habits. As well as trying to remember everything your first driving instructor taught you, you should also make extra effort to stick to the rules of the road. Make sure you never drive faster than any speed limits and that you always follow traffic lights and road signs. If you don’t, you will be putting yourself in danger and you might even end up on the wrong side of the law which could cost you your job.
We can’t completely prevent ourselves from ending in a car crash or road traffic accident as other drivers can sometimes put us at risk. Thankfully, if you weren’t at fault, you don’t have to worry about losing your job. However, you will need to make sure you act in the right way and take the necessary steps right after the accident. For instance, you need to swap your details with the other drivers involved as each of your insurance providers will need them. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you should also get in touch with an attorney to see about claiming compensation. They usually offer a free initial consultation so that you can use their help to figure out whether or not it is worth moving forward with a possible compensation claim. You should also inform your employer about the accident as well, as soon as possible. They might have a specific mechanic who they work with to repair vehicles and can send them out to find you.
Your employer should have their work vehicles fully insured and they should also have insurance that covers their driving employees as well. But it could be worth taking some extra insurance out yourself. This is especially the case if your employer’s policy only covers you for the bare minimum. For instance, some insurance policies will only pay out so that you can cover the cost of vehicle repairs for the other party in a crash that was your fault. In this case, to make sure you aren’t stung by some very high bills from your mechanic and lawyer, you should take out comprehensive insurance so that you are covered for everything, no matter what happens to you and your work vehicle.
Even though you might have passed your driving test years ago, you might be required to take some extra tests and courses so that you can drive for work. This is usually the case if you are going to drive something other than a car, such as a truck, van or a forklift. Sometimes, these tests and courses might be voluntary, but they are always worth taking. That’s because they will help you become more qualified and do a better job when at work. Not only that, though, but you will find that these courses feature a lot of extra safety tips and advice which are always good to know.
There are some limits to the hours you can drive while you are working. The daily limit for driving is nine hours. But you should never drive for nine hours straight without any breaks, as this will make you extremely tired and you could end up putting yourself at risk of causing an accident of being involved in one. You should also get around ten or eleven hours of rest before you start your next driving shift as well. That way, you can get plenty of sleep so that you don’t feel too fatigued whenever you are behind the wheel. Tiredness is one of the biggest causes of road traffic accidents, so you should always try your best to overcome it, and the best way of doing so is to stick to safe and healthy driving hours.
There might be some instances when you should give yourself plenty of time for your journey so that you don’t end up rushing it. One of the main times you need to give yourself some extra time is when the weather is quite bad. This is extra important if it is particularly icy or there is a lot of snow out on the roads! It’s also a good idea to give yourself enough time if you are traveling to a new destination for the very first time. That’s because there’s a good chance you might get lost, so you will need some more time to get back on track and figure out the best route to take to your destination. After all, it’s not always easy even with a sat nav!
Hopefully, all of these tips will help you in your driving career for the future!