Top tips to stay comfortable as a private hire driver
Written by Benedict Harrison
How to make sure you stay comfortable when you're spending a lot of time behind the wheel.
As a private hire driver, you spend a lot of time out on the road. But when you’re spending so much time in your vehicle, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to stay comfortable. If you’re happy with your set up behind the wheel, it can have a positive effect on both how you feel about your work and your overall wellbeing.
In this post, we’ll take a look at a number of ways you can make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible when carrying out your private hire work. We’ll also look at what Zego offers for private hire drivers.
Choose the right vehicle for your work
One of the best ways to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible as a private hire driver is to choose the right vehicle for your work. When it comes to private hire cars, it’s always a good idea to try before you buy to make sure you get the vehicle that's right for you. You can read more about things to consider when looking for a private hire vehicle by clicking here.
Adjust your interior
Once you have a car that you’re happy with, it’s important from both a safety and comfort perspective to make sure that your seat and headrest are adjusted to suit you. Not only can this help you to avoid suffering from back pain or headaches, but it can also minimise injury if you’re involved in an incident.
If you do suffer from back pain, you may find that having an additional support cushion added to your seat can help. It’s about finding whatever works for you. If other parts of your car give you trouble, such as the seatbelt or steering wheel, you may benefit from additional covers, which can help to minimise any discomfort.
Keep your air filters clean
Your car’s air filters stop contaminators like dust and pollen from getting into your vehicle. But over time, these particles can build up and cause unpleasant smells in your car. It’s a good idea to clean your air filters regularly to make sure you always have fresh air in your car.
Take regular breaks
When you’re behind the wheel for a number of hours, you may start to feel fatigued. Not only can this make you uncomfortable at work, but it can also increase your risk of being involved in an incident. It’s a good idea to stop and get out of your car from time to time to make sure you stay fresh and alert.
Understand how to improve your driving
Your driving style can have a big impact upon how both you and your passengers feel. Not only can following good driving practices help you save money on fuel, but you can also understand how to make your journey smoother. There are a number of devices which can help you understand how you drive so that you know where you can improve.
At Zego, we design insurance products to suit you. Our Private Hire insurance policies last for as long as you need them to, with 7-day, 30-day and Annual options available. You can also choose your level of cover to get as much protection as you need to feel safe at work.
For more information, you can visit our Private Hire insurance page, or you can get an estimated quote for your cover by filling in your details below.