Driving for a Living: Best Tips to Stay Safe

 

Driving down life’s highways can be dangerous for anyone. However, when you drive for a living, you are more prone to have incidents than someone who is a casual driver, if only for the fact that you drive more often. Drivers do a tough, and often onerous job. Staying awake long hours with nothing but road ahead can be boring and tedious. With that in mind, here are five tips that can help you stay safe out there. 

 

Never Get Behind the Wheel Tired

 

Many times, you may feel like you are running on auto-pilot. You are running on zero energy because you didn’t get enough sleep and aren’t able to focus on the rule of the road. If you get behind the wheel drowsy, you are just asking for trouble. According to an accident attorney, drowsy driving is the leading cause of accidents for professional drivers.

 

Slow Down

 

Did you know that most accidents happen because one or both drivers were speeding? Life goes fast enough. Those speed limits have been determined by trial and error from your local authority. Going over the speed limit is dangerous. You put your life and the lives of those driving near you in jeopardy by disobeying the laws. 

 

Signal Properly

 

There is nothing worse than someone who doesn’t signal properly. Either they forget to turn a turn signal off or on, or they are driving at dusk with no headlights. Make sure to always use your turn signals. Also, make sure that if it is dusk or raining outside, that you have your headlights on. If people cannot see you, then you are increasing your risks of an altercation. 

 

Get Off the Cell Phone

 

The National Safety Council issued a report that stated that every year, there are 1.6 million crashes from people talking on their cell phones. Shockingly enough, there are 330,000 injuries from people texting while driving. Put the phone down and focus on the roads. If you must be on your phone, be sure to have a hands-free device. 

 

Don’t Be Overconfident

 

The biggest problem with some drivers is that they become overconfident. They think that they own the road and that there is nothing they cannot handle. Don’t assume that everyone else is going to follow the rules. You always have to watch out for you and the other person. It doesn’t matter how good of a driver you are, it’s always about the other guy. Be alert and keep your eyes peeled for those cars that are not braking properly, signaling, or being considerate of others. 

 

By following these five simple tips, you will be a better driver. Your focus needs to be on the roads regardless of what else is going on. Go back to the basics and remember the rules for driving. It can save you a lot of time and money.

 

By: Eileen O'Shanassy

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy