There are many who thrive in an office environment. They love the water cooler gossip, the predictability of their job and the camaraderie of their colleagues. For the introvert, however, this may not be the best environment to grow and develop. Those who find social interaction difficult can feel alienated in this convivial environment. They may feel that they would work better given a little solitude without the distraction of workplace gossip or the feelings of awkwardness that ensue when they’re unable or unwilling to be part of the conversation. For the introvert, a life on the road may seem like a dream come true. They are allowed the solitude and time with their thoughts that they desperately crave while getting to see more of the country and use their skills on their own terms. Plus, for many driving allows an opportunity to order our thoughts and achieve a state of almost zen-like calm that is impossible to achieve in an office environment.
The good news is that as online shopping continues to boom and services like Uber can transform anyone with a car and a smartphone into a cab driver, there are more and more opportunities for skilled drivers with ambition who require flexibility to make good money doing something they enjoy. But there’s a universe of difference between driving as a commuter and driving as a professional. Here are some tips to prevent the change from being too jarring…
Master your emotions
It’s easy to over romanticize the notion of a life and career on the road. We envision wide, open stretches of road, lined with picturesque countryside and framed by a glowing sunset. Sure, you’ll have days like that… But you’ll also spend many sweaty hours stuck in traffic, running behind schedule and unable to do anything about it. For this reason it’s important to master your emotions. Driving angry can massively increase your risk of a collision, while overcompensating for running behind schedule can make you more reckless. Master your anger and your panic and your days will not only be much safer, they’ll be far more enjoyable.
Stay alert, stay safe!
Hazard perception is a basic tenet of good driving, but when you’re driving for many hours on end, it becomes all the more important. You will need to be alert at all times in order to perceive the hundreds of safety hazards that you’ll encounter every day. Truck drivers can be particularly hazardous and if you collide with one it is vital that you get legal advice immediately. Trucks not only represent a risk because of their vast size and load but because their drivers may be exhausted, having driven thousands of miles in the space of a day.
Diet is more important than ever
Driver fatigue is an extremely dangerous prospect, as such, it needs to be combated not only regular rest breaks but with the proper diet. Since you’ll spend most of your day sitting your diet is more important than ever not just in maintaining a healthy weight and good overall health but in ensuring that you’re alert and able to perceive hazards. Make sure that you drink plenty of water while on the road and eat as much fresh food as you can, especially veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds. Avoid sugary processed foods as these will cause your energy levels to spike and dip erratically. The same goes for coffee too! Drink coffee sparingly or you will find that your energy levels and concentration plummet between lattes.
Stick to the above and your new career on the road will be enjoyable, rewarding and above all… Safe!