Commuting, safety and you
By Lindsey MacDonald and Matt King
We’ve said this before, but we’ll say it again: workplace safety is important. Some (read: we) might even say it’s paramount to the success of any business or occupation. And so, for over a year, the Heads Up team has aimed to bring that to the foreground, offering safety tips and hopefully raising awareness on staying safe on the job. But what about our safety before and after work?
This September, it will be a year since Alberta implemented its Distracted Driving Law, with the government placing its provincial focus on your safety on the road. In turn, it hopefully made us focus a little more on what we do while driving. If it didn’t, then maybe take a minute and think about your driving routine. Are you being safe?
Before you head to work every morning, ask yourself some questions:
- Am I rushing myself? Your safety starts even before you get in the car, bus or train by making sure you have enough time to get to work. If you don’t, you may feel rushed. That can translate to speeding or other that can be dangerous. Remember, while arriving on time is great, it’s always better to arrive alive. Give yourself some time and focus on getting there in one piece.
- Is my vehicle working? That seems like an obvious one, but there’s more to it than, “Oh, good, it started.” If you drive a car or ride a bike, you’ll want to make sure that it is in proper working order. Is your windshield cracked, leaving your vision impaired? Do you have a slow leak or flat tire? A simple overview of your vehicle can mean the difference between getting to work and being stranded.
- Am I prepared if my vehicle breaks down? This is something you should always be prepared for: what if my car breaks down or the train is late? While some might call that apocalyptic, it’s simply being prepared for any and all situations. In Alberta, this is especially important in the winter. If you car breaks down or the train stops, you’ll want to make sure you have a flashlight, blanket and other items in case of emergency (OK maybe don’t carry a blanket on the train, but you could wear mittens!).
There are other things to consider, but let this be your foundation for safety. Just remember to stop and ask yourself some questions and make safe decisions whether you are the driver or a passenger on your way to work or home.
Remember, keep your heads up on the way to and from work — arriving safely is important to everyone.