We all achieve a peaceful zen state in different ways. Some find it through yoga or meditation, others through working with their hands in time honored disciplines like sculpture or carpentry. Maybe somewhere out there there’s a man or woman who attains a level of near spiritual calm when filling out compliance reports or typing up the summary of the day’s meetings, but I’ve never met them and I’m willing to bet that you haven’t either.
That’s why so many of us feel stressed, anxious and frustrated when our career keeps us constrained behind a desk under fluorescent lights for the majority of our waking day. Those who crave an unchaotic life may instead be drawn to the great outdoors, to manual labor or to the allure of the open road.
In the gig economy, those who feel truly alive when they’re behind the wheel have a plethora of ways in which they can monetize their driving skills. They can become passenger drivers for Uber or Lyft or make deliveries through companies like Amazon Flex. But if you’re drawn to making a living on the open road, there are a few things you need to be aware of…
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Don’t Drive Tired
Driver fatigue was responsible for 16.5% of all fatal road accidents in the US alone last year. Driving while tired can affect your reaction times, warp your perception, cause you to drive erratically and make you unable to perceive hazards. If you’re in a trucking accident and struck by a truck driver who’s also tired you may not live long enough to pursue legal action against them in court. When it comes to preventing driver fatigue, make sure that you’re well fed (real food, not truck stop convenience food) and stay well hydrated while you’re on the road. Obviously, alcohol is a no-no, but you should also steer clear of coffee, too. Chain drinking coffees may give you an initial jolt of awareness, but it can also make you drowsier in the long term.
Finally, even the best of us is prone to road rage now and then. But when you make a living on the road you simply can’t afford to have a bad day. Driving while angry can make you aggressive and reckless in your driving style and prone to emotional outbursts at other drivers. Never get behind the wheel until you’ve found your happy place. Your professional reputation and personal safety depends on it.
It is very easy to make a living on the road (and, right now, Lyft has a BIG bonus for brand-new drivers!!). We love having this hustle in our pocket. What is the hustle that you love? Leave us a comment below then check out these resources on Amazon –
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