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From door-to-door deliveries to taxi services, professional drivers are in high demand. While many choose to be full-time professional drivers, there are others who take up driving as a side hustle to earn a little extra money. Either way, if you plan to be a driver yourself or are just starting as one, wouldn’t you want some inside knowledge about the world of professional driving? As a former professional driver, I feel I might be well-suited to provide you with some.
When I was beginning to drive professionally, the idea of getting behind the steering wheel of a car made me slightly nervous. Even though I had driven a little before, it was never more than an hour or two and never under any time-based performance pressures. However, looking back on it, these feelings of nervousness may have actually made me a better driver. How so?
In some cases, a little nervousness can help you be more alert and cautious.
As it happened, being nervous made me want to learn more on how to improve my driving so I could feel confident about it. That was how I came to learn these three important lessons which made me a better driver.
Listen to the experiences of other drivers
Unlike working in an office, driving professionally is a highly independent task. Therefore, it’s important to connect and network with your fellow drivers. From them, you can receive useful advice on such matters as the optimal route to take, where to park and how to relate to your customers.
By building strong connections with other drivers, you can learn about the challenges they face and how best to overcome them. Such an approach can greatly improve your professional driving experience and help you develop a confident attitude towards driving.
You may also feel more confident knowing that you have the support of other drivers.
Prioritize health and safety
Oftentimes, you may come under a lot of pressure while driving. For example, you may have to drive to an address within a short time frame or work longer hours than usual. In such instances, it’s essential that you prioritize your well-being and safety over performance or income.
Driving for many hours at a go can make you tired, both physically and mentally. To avoid getting burnt out, try taking breaks to refresh yourself by eating a snack, hydrating or even getting out of the car to stretch your legs. This way your mind and body will stay focused and energized, allowing you to drive safely and responsibly.
When you are focused, you will be more mindful of traffic signs and speed limits.
If you’re delayed due to heavy traffic or long food preparation times, you might feel some pressure to make up for lost time - increasing your chances of making mistakes. Therefore, it might be a good idea to inform the customer about the delay so they can manage their expectations and you don’t feel any additional pressure.
Be responsible about your car
Owning a car is a big responsibility, especially when your work depends on it. To ensure an optimal driving experience, you should take good care of your car.
Make sure to do routine checks on tire pressure, breaks and engine status before driving it. It’s also a good idea to take your car for a maintenance check or servicing every six months or so, depending on how much you use it.
A car should make your life and work easier.
Just like you are serving your customers, your car is serving you and your professional requirements. When your car runs smoothly you can drive worry-free and concentrate on other aspects of the job such as customer service and safety.
Now, as you start your journey as a professional driver, I hope the contents of this blog post will aid your professional development.
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If you want to improve your skills and professionalism as a driver, then this course can help you with that and more; for example, how to maintain your car.