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Staying Safe In Self Employed Courier Jobs

Posted by Gertie on 05-Oct-2013 14:33:40

Always remember to wear it on the road. ‘Giro Helmet’ (c) 2009, John Rees. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Hello, my lovelies!

Today, I come to you with one of those more serious posts we have from time to time. Yes, I know, winter’s here and the last thing you want is a dose of gloom and doom. But bear with me – today’s entry has something to offer for those of you working self-employed courier jobs.

You see, although I live in a small town, we have a local courier company, and I have noticed the way those wild young bucks zip about on their bikes. It gets even worse when they have access to motorbikes – I’m sure many a pedestrian has feared for their life as he or she narrowly avoided getting mowed down by a speeding pizza delivery boy!

That sort of shenanigans is what has led me to cook up today’s post. For you see, when you indulge in that sort of chicanery, you’re not only putting those around you in danger – you’re endangering yourself! And because many of you work self-employed courier jobs and may not have the security of an insurance policy (be on the lookout for a post about this), I’ve decided to put together a list of helpful tips to ensure that you don’t have that sort of problem.

First of all, when working self employed courier jobs on two wheels, you should always remember to wear your helmet. In most places, this is a mandatory measure for taking your bike or motorcycle on the road; but I know young people, and there are always those who sniff at the rules. In this case, however, it is in your best interests to wear adequate protection, as a serious injury could mean a long time away from the road – and thus, a long time without making money.

Your helmet is not the only piece of safety clothing you should remember to take with you, though. A safety vest is also required to cycle or drive on the road, so make sure you have one!

While we are on the subject of the rules, remember there is a set of them to observe when driving on the road. Make sure you refresh your memory prior to starting on your way, and remember that in the UK, cyclists have their own code to abide by. Make sure you are aware of them if you’re a bicycle courier – you don’t want any unexpected fines coming your way!

Lastly, I have to urge all my readers who have self-employed courier jobs to contract insurance. Because you don’t have a boss, per se, you won’t automatically have a policy covering you in case of an accident. That is why you should make sure your existing policy covers such situations or, alternatively, buy a new one. Yes, it costs money, and yes, it’s an iffy field to tread upon, but believe me – you will be better for it in the long run!

That is it then, my dears – a few bits of advice to make sure your self-employed courier jobs always finish safely, with a warm bed and a cup of tea! Until next time, take care!



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