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Commuting to work is a common part of many people’s lives and for the most part, it’s uneventful. However, when you’re driving a car there is always the chance of an accident, and when on public transit it can be easy to transmit illness. Fortunately, there are some great tips for how you can stay safe and healthy during your commute this year.

1. Leave Early

If you’re planning on driving to work, consider leaving early to help beat the rush. When there are more cars on the road there is a greater chance for an accident to occur. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to try and commute at off-times if possible. These extra minutes also help reduce the urge to speed to get to work as you’re not at risk of being late. By being able to slow down, take your time, and be alert, you help reduce the chance of being involved in an accident.

2. Drive Defensively

When driving it’s also important to drive defensively and always keep an eye on aggressive drivers. Don’t engage in risky behaviors and don’t feel pressured to engage in dangerous driving practices due to tailgaters, speeders, or other reckless cars on the road.

3. Avoid Driving Under Any Influences

While this may seem like a no-brainer, it bears mentioning. Even if you are under the age of 21, you can still be charged with a DUI even if your blood alcohol level is under 0.08%. Not to mention driving after drinking, even if you think you feel fine, can put both you and other drivers at risk. Even if you yourself aren’t driving under the influence, it’s important to keep an eye out, because you never know if any of the other drivers on the road may be.

4. Check Out Your Insurance

Although Medicare is federally funded to take care of people aged 65 and older and those with qualifying illnesses and disabilities, many people also get insurance through their workplaces. Make sure to catch up on what your insurance covers so that should you fall ill or become injured in an accident you can rest easy knowing you’re covered. Similarly, you should consider the type of car insurance you have, especially if you’re driving to work daily with only minimum coverage. You don’t want to find out after an accident that you’re not getting all the benefits you need.

5. Mask Up

If you’re planning on taking public transport as opposed to driving yourself it’s important to keep a mask handy to help prevent the spread of illness. Although regulations have lessened since last year, many trains and buses still require face masks. While it may be second nature now, it’s still important to mention as it is one of the best ways to help keep you and everyone around you healthy.

6. Know Your Transit Safety Precautions

Find out the steps that your bus or train system is using to keep passengers safe. You should stay up to date on how often the buses and trains are sanitized as well as if any routes have passenger limitations. Some may also have specialized seating patterns put into place to help promote social distancing. While this might vanish as more people get vaccinated, for now, it’s important to keep in mind. Annually there are about 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private employers. You can help lower the number of illnesses by being proactive and forward-thinking about your health while on public transit.

For the most part commuting is an uneventful experience. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help yourself stay safe and healthy. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be better set to keep your commute as uneventful as possible.