Most people have to commute to work every day – it’s just a fact of life. Some commutes are longer and require a car or train trip, while others can be walked or biked, but nearly everyone has to do them all the same. As with any other aspect of life, it’s important to think of safety, especially if you’ve never commuted before. These four specific safety tips should help you out.
1. Drive Safely
Perhaps the most basic safety tip is also the most important. Drive safely by obeying the rules of the road, not speeding and driving defensively rather than offensively. It’s not just your safety that’s at stake either – other drivers, pedestrians and perhaps especially motorcyclists could be put in grave danger by unsafe driving on your part. So follow the rules of the road and make sure that you are aware of others on the road.
2. Don’t Carpool With Unsafe Drivers
You may wish to find a carpool buddy to save on gas and use the carpool lane. However, if your carpool people do not drive safely or maintain safe vehicles, you should find a way to excuse yourself from the arrangement. It’s just not worth putting yourself at risk like that. When arranging a car pool make sure you really think about who you are asking to drive with you and make sure they are responsible drivers as well.
3. Have A Reliable Car
When purchasing a car, make sure you are getting a safe model if you are buying new. There are plenty of reliable sources for this information. If you buy used, buy from a reputable dealer, like Bridge City Auto Sales, that guarantees their vehicles. Don’t skip regular maintenance on your vehicle either. Besides the fact that it will likely extend the life of your car, regular maintenance by a good mechanic also serves as a way to notice problems before they potentially become catastrophic. You sure don’t want your brakes failing on the highway in the middle of rush hour!
4. Consider Safe Behavior While Using Other Forms Of Transit
You may wish to take the subway or a bus rather than drive to work every day. That is generally a good decision – it can save money and is better for the environment. However, there are some basic safety elements that shouldn’t be neglected. For example, don’t visibly carry around valuables and be very wary of train tracks.
Commuting is usually pretty boring, but with effort is can be reasonably safe. Whether you drive, walk or take the train, there is always some inherent risk and you should always do what you can to mitigate that risk. Follow the safety tips mentioned above and you should be okay. You will have many safe years of commuting ahead of you.
Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2