Sure – you might have been passed up on a promotion at work or you failed your defensive driving online course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. When life gets you down, remember you can still look successful. Especially when you’re driving behind the wheel of your own car.
Looking successful is easy when you’re confident and aren’t worrying about how many points to suspend a license in NY. You can fool everyone around you into thinking you’re a successful, confident professional just by the way you drive. Who knows, if you impress the right people, you might have another shot at that promotion.
Use Both Hands
While driving on the roads, always use both hands on the wheel. When your friends (or boss) notices you’re using proper hand positioning to navigate the rough roads, they’ll know you’re a responsible driver. One of the biggest characteristics of success is being responsible.
Hands Free Phone
Keep your eye on the prize. The prize being the road – of course. When you’re fidgeting with your phone while driving, whether it’s changing the song or texting a friend, you’re a distracted driver. Distracted drivers always increase their chances of getting into a severe car wreck. There’s nothing successful about car wrecks.
Putting down the phone while driving or installing a phone holster will keep your hands free (so you can use proper positioning on the steering wheel.) This will help you look like someone who has a clear, unwavering vision for the future (oncoming traffic.)
The right sunglasses will go a long way. Your passengers won’t see you sweat when they can’t see your eyes. Wearing sunglasses will help you appear cool under pressure – and will keep the sun out of your eyes. Decreasing the amount of peripheral obstructions, like light from the sun, will help you have clear vision for proper driving.
Travel the Speed Limit
The most successful drivers on the roads are the ones who follow the speed limit. Nothing is worse than being in a car with a speeder. Those who go over the speed limit are either reckless drivers or running late – both characteristics of an unsuccessful person.
No time for a complete stop, then no time for success. Rolling stops are popular in larger cities, but unpopular among successful drivers. Not completely stopping on a sign or light could cause confusion among other drivers. You could also roll into the back of someone’s car if you aren’t careful. It’s also illegal, because, in reality, you’re just slowing down while approaching a stop sign then speeding up. Not stopping at a sign or light is against the law.
Use Turn Signals
Successful people are great communicators. To communicate, you must express your intention and thoughts. If you’re intending on merging into the left lane, then properly signal your merge. If you plan on turning right at a busy intersection, then communicate this to other drivers by flicking the turn signal. Proper driver communication is easy, and helps you make friends on the road.
Patience Behind the Wheel
Having patience is an underrated skill. Whether you’re gridlock in traffic or driving to work, having patience is one of the most important aspects of a successful driver. Those who become rushed or hurried tend to increase their chances of making poor decisions on the road. Often resorting to reckless speeding.
Moreover, you should have patience when dealing with other drivers. Keep your cool by being patient with that driver who cut you off. Resorting to road rage is the last thing you want to do – especially when a promotion is on the line.