I’m a lucky guy, in general. My job involves me spending my days behind the wheel of a fantastic piece of automotive engineering, talking to interesting people and going to beautiful places.
I’ve met politicians, movie stars, even royalty, a couple of times. Some of them were nice, some of them were just ok, some of them were complete a$$hats. But that’s fine, you take the good with the bad, and you just move on.
But while I thank God every day for the blessings my life has brought me, I never lose sight of the fact that my job is, potentially, a dangerous one too.
First up, there’s the fact that I’m driving a car all day long. That in itself is, literally, an accident waiting to happen. I’ve been involved in a couple of fender benders over the years (neither my fault, in case you’re wondering), and one more serious incident on a freeway when I got caught up in a multi-vehicle pile-up that left a couple of people dead. Also not my fault – I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luckily, I wasn’t hurt, and I was on my own in my personal car at the time.
And that’s not to mention the increased chance of meeting some kind of a whack-job in the course of the day’s work. I’ve witnessed a car-jacking, three cars ahead of me at a set of traffic lights. If the green had lasted a bit longer, it could have been me at the head of the line when the light turned red. Who knows what would have gone down then?
So driving for a living, even if it’s in one of the nicest cars America has ever made, is inherently a risky business, so I do my best to keep myself – and my passengers – as safe as possible.
There are a few basics that no driver should be without. The first is a gadget called the Ingear AutoXscape, which is a fancy flashight with a couple of useful extras built in, including a seatbelt cutter and a tool for breaking the windows in a car. I’ve never had to use it, but if I’m ever in a smash and end up upside-down, I know I’ll be able to free myself and get out. You can read the Ingear AutoXscape review on www.bestflashlightreport.com.
Next up is a decent first aid kit. I’m not talking about one of the shitty little packs with a couple of band aids that you find in your local gas station, I mean a proper first aid kit with stuff like CPR masks and shears and real bandages. One day this might save your life, or that of your customer. It’s worth every cent.
As for protecting myself from the nutjobs? Well, that’s a different story. Let’s just say that I make it my business to ensure that if someone messes with me, they’ll be wishing they’d brought their own first aid kit.
We need to take this stuff seriously, not only for ourselves but for our customers. We have a duty of care every time we sit behind the wheel. I want to make it home alive to my family, and I need to pay the same respect to those who sit behind me and ensure that they’re not facing any unnecessary risks either. If I can do anything, even something as simple as buying a first aid kit, to ensure that they’re properly looked after, then I can take pride in a job well done.
Ain’t no better feeling than that.