Can I Get a Job as a Tour Driver if I Have an Accident on my Record?
Imagine driving through beautiful Long Island. The vineyards, the long strings of grapes that will soon be turned into wine. You get to see the beauty of the landscape and get to share that with others as you take them on a tour of wine country. What better way to earn a living? Driving through a beautiful landscape and giving others the opportunity to enjoy that same beauty.
Being a tour driver can be a fantastic career. It allows you to spend time on the road, to visit exciting new locations, and the pay is quite good. It takes quite a bit to get to the point where you can regularly drive, though, and precious little to make that job opportunity fall away.
If you’ve had any vehicle accident, for example, you might wonder if you’ve put your ability to be a tour driver in jeopardy. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy answer to that particular question – but there are a few factors that will impact your ability to drive.
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Loss of Opportunity
That opportunity you were given to take visitors on a luxury wine tour on Long Island or somewhere else is one that you don’t want to take for granted. Driving safely and alertly is critical as an accident could ruin the trip for everyone involved and cost your company, Ace Luxury Wine Tours, a lot of money.
It’s a genuine possibility that a crash impacts your job as a tour driver, even if you are a veteran and one of the leaders. Simply put, most company owners don’t want to bring someone on board who has a record of causing any kind problem – to say nothing of the issues that can cost a company tens of thousands of dollars.
According to Christensen Law, “the losses, damages, and injuries that follow a serious car crash can create numerous problems in your life.”
So, take precautions with your luxury tour through the vineyards of Long Island. Make sure that you are paying attention and don’t get greedy or arrogant that you know the way so well that you can take your eyes off the road. It could cost you and your company a lot of time, money and energy.
If you’ve got a bad driving record, it’s tough to get any job that involves driving. If you do have a CDL that’s in good standing, though, it helps – you may well be able to explain away the accidents in certain situations.
There is a vast difference between having a single, minor accident and a string of high-profile wrecks. Getting in a crash in your vehicle while driving home from work is much different than getting in a crash with the luxury limousine that you drive on the wine tour. According to Moynahan Law, “automobile accidents, regardless of the extent of property damage may result in serious injury which may not be immediately obvious.”
Likewise, there is a big difference between being hit by another vehicle on the road and being held responsible for significant damage caused by your own poor choices. While some owners do hold all accidents against potential drivers, you’re much more likely to get a job if you can show that another person caused the accident in which you were involved. If you can’t prove that, though, most owners will assume that you were at least partially at fault.
Take Precautions and Promote Safety
Accidents happen, and sometimes they are out of your control. As a driver for a luxury wine tour, it is your responsibility to operate the vehicle safely. It is to provide entertainment and enjoyable time. So, take the necessary precautions to avoid any risks involved. Abide by the trip details including times for getting to each location. Make sure the occupants of your vehicle are wearing their seat belts and that you know your limitations in the vehicle. You want those customers to end the ride with a smile and a positive review of the tour. That is the goal.
Getting in an accident can make it very difficult for you to work as a tour driver. If you can prove that the accident wasn’t your fault and that it wasn’t part of a pattern, though, you might be able to find a job. The safer your record, the better your chance of getting the job you want. While it’s tough to depend on the kindness of an employer, it’s always best to be upfront with your accident status and to provide information about what happened. If you find the right employer, you’ll get a second chance.