One of the best ways to have job security and autonomy is to drive for a living. Due to the nature of the job, the boss can’t sit in the passenger seat and breathe down your neck. On the roads, you’re in charge, and it’s an incredible feeling.
There are many ways to make money from your vehicle, but none of them are as lucrative as driving professionally. Still, there are always hazards when you are on the roads, and it’s essential to minimize them for the sake of your wellbeing.
Whether it’s your job or the company’s, here are the four biggest risks you face and how to solve them.
Not Wearing A Safety Belt
The engine shouldn’t start until you hear the satisfying ‘click’ that is the belt fastening in place. As simple as it is, it’s something that experienced drivers can overlook. After all, it’s not that big of a deal considering you haven’t had an accident in your career. Of course, it only takes a single error to put your life at risk. And, seen as a safety belt reduces the risk of death by as much as 80%, you should never be too ‘big’ or ‘experienced’ to wear it.
Part of the job is delivering on time to different regions of the country. As such, driving can be a hectic job that saps energy. Usually, that is what you want because it means you’ve been working hard and deserve a well-earned drink or an early night. However, as a driver, it increases the odds of falling asleep at the wheel.
Shift work leads to irregular sleep patterns, which is why one-in-twenty-five motorists report falling asleep. Sometimes, catching the correct amount of Zs isn’t possible. In this case, you must speak to HR. Figuring out when to talk to HR is challenging, not least because it’s the last resort, yet they need to know.
Otherwise, your death will be on their conscience.
Driving gets boring after a while, so it’s easy to see why motorists check their cell and flick through messages. The problem – it messes with your concentration levels. Ask any trucking accident lawyer and they’ll tell you that the main cause of an incident is a mobile device. While the company should have policies regarding electronics, hands-free is still an option.
Still, to be safe, you should wait until you pull over and stop for a coffee break before browsing the internet and replying to texts.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
You spend all day sitting down, so you won’t get your daily recommended amount of exercise. If you don’t think this is an issue, you should think again. Eating junk food and allowing stress to build up has a significant effect on mental health, and prevents you from focusing adequately.With this in mind, it’s vital to take regular breaks to up your step count and to avoid fast-food joints.
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