Driving on the Job – Tips to Stay Safe When You’re in a Rush

Driving on the Job
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The law field is by no means a laid back environment. Long days, often times well over 60 hours per week are common – and most of that time is spent on the go serving clients and networking with colleagues. Lawyers live busy lives, which requires a lot of time driving on the road. An accident can not only put you at risk for an injury or death, but also can leave you immobile, which some lawyers may consider even worse. The law field requires communication skills, creativity, and foresight. Having the wherewithal to recognize potential problems before they occur is a necessary part of the job, but even beyond working hours, the importance of safe driving can help lead to a more successful life and career.

Preparation is Key

Road safety goes well beyond simply avoiding accidents. Operating a vehicle means subjecting oneself to a number of potential hazards – some in the form of other drivers, and some within your own car. There’s always a chance that you can be in one of the roughly six million car accidents per year in the US. As any good lawyer knows, being prepared, even for unlikely scenarios like an accident, can literally be lifesaving. Carry the tools you need to quickly get back on the road in case of a breakdown. Tire problems are a common issue for cars, and having a car jack or ramp handy can save the time and money of waiting for a roadside repair service.

Know What To Do

Having the right tools for the job is only the first step to roadside maintenance and safety. It’s just as important to know how to use them. Take some time to learn how to use the tools required to complete basic roadside maintenance. When preparing for a trial, lawyers go through many rounds of practice and prep before entering the courthouse, and knowing how to jump start a car or change a tire is no different. Not to mention that having the ability to fix your own car  after a minor car issue will only help you get back to work even faster.

Faster Isn’t Always Faster 

Having a busy schedule usually leads to a lot of tardiness, thus forcing you to rush from meeting to meeting. It’s easy to carry that fast-paced mentality over to your driving habits, but research suggests that may actually make you even more late. First of all, speeding always runs the risk of being one of the 20 million Americans who get pulled over by the police each year.  Having to contend with a speeding ticket is almost never worth the reason for speeding in the first place. In addition to the headache of traffic penalties, mathematic researchers suggest that speeding actually won’t help you arrive at a destination any quicker. Unless driving over long distances (which most lawyers don’t do), than the risks of speeding far outweigh whatever minor advantages it provides. Instead of tailgating cars and speeding around corners, take the time you spend driving to de-stress a bit, and get your head together for whatever needs to be done at your destination.

Lawyers always have a lot of responsibility on their plate. However, signing up for a stressful career does not dismiss the responsibility we all have to drive safely on the roads. Working in the public sphere usually means that lawyers will see plenty of traffic-related cases and the headaches that go with them. It’s important to learn to avoid these potential problems by having a competent understanding of roadside maintenance and safe driving habits when traveling on the road.

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