Many people drive as part of their day to day job. All of us face a risk of accidents at work, but some occupations are more hazardous than others. Here are five of the most dangerous driving jobs and some tips to help you steer clear of work injuries.
5 dangerous driving jobs
Driving always carries risks. In any vehicle, at any time, theres a chance of road traffic accidents. Here are five dangerous driving jobs:
- HGV driver: HGV drivers spend long hours travelling up and down the country’s motorway network. They drive heavy-duty vehicles surrounded by cars and motorbikes travelling at speed. Long journeys often mean antisocial hours. Prolonged periods of driving, especially at night, carry a risk of driving tired.
- Driving instructor: if you’re a driving instructor, you put a lot of faith in beginners on a daily basis. People who have very little experience of driving may have a higher risk of accidents on the road and car crash injuries. This is a job that requires patience and quick reactions.
- Abnormal load driver: occasionally, you come across abnormal loads on the road. Many of us may look and wonder how on earth it’s even possible to control such a wide, tall or heavy vehicle.
- Ice road trucker: if you live in a country that gets a lot of snow, you may be familiar with ice road truckers. Driving an ice road truck is one of the most dangerous driving jobs on the planet. Driving is difficult enough in normal conditions, but spare a thought for truckers when there’s a whiteout or heavy snowfall.
- Formula 1 driver: you may think that Formula 1 is glitzy and glamorous, but this is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous driving jobs you can do. Drivers risk their lives every time they hit the circuit. Crashes often occur at well over 100mph, and some drivers have lost their lives to the sport.
Driving safety tips
To reduce the risk of being injured at work in a road accident, bear these tips in mind:
- Stick to designated routes
- Check the traffic and weather forecast
- Make sure the vehicle is in good working order
- Stop for regular breaks
- Don’t drive tired
If you’ve been injured at work, and you weren’t at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you have a valid work injury claim. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, and most clients never go to court.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice