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What Cars Have Done For Our Careers

Published on: 11 June 2015


Over the last 100 years, the motor vehicle has transformed from a wealthy man’s toy into an essential for most middle class commuters all over the world. Apart from first world countries which boast state-of-the-art public transport systems, the world is comprised of millions of commuters who have to get to work, transport their children and run errands – all of which would be impossible to do without a car. With this in mind, we ask ourselves what cars have done for our careers – what are the positive and negative changes that have been brought about?

Firstly, owning a vehicle has brought about an elevated sense of responsibility. For the commuters who own vehicles, the best way in which to show their responsibility for their vehicles is to protect their assets by investing in a comprehensive car insurance policy. Not only will it ensure that the commuter’s asset is protected, it will also ensure that drivers are covered for any legal implications in the event of an accident.

Other than responsibility, vehicles have changed the way in which we view employment, the way in which we market ourselves, and, often, the way in which other employees and colleagues view us.

Here is a detailed explanation on what cars have done for our careers:

Accessibility and Convenience

Vehicles have given commuters and career people the chance to travel to and from their offices, despite their location. Cars have increased the accessibility of certain careers and opportunities while also emphasising the convenience of being able to hop into the car to travel to wherever you need to be.

If you happen to live in a remote area and your offices are in the city centre, the comfort of your vehicle ensures that your commute is both comfortable and safe. When it comes to our careers, and the advancement of our opportunities, motor vehicles certainly have their advantages.

Economic Responsibility

Owning a vehicle is a privilege in many developing countries. Those who earn an annual salary that exceeds a certain margin are able to finance a vehicle, while others are forced to rely on the respective public transport systems.

Regarded as a double-edged sword, owning a car is a major financial responsibility. Those who earn substantial monthly salaries are often not worried about their monthly vehicle and car-related costs for insurance and maintenance. However, many middle-class car owners are often required to tighten their belts in an effort to accommodate the costs that are involved in owning a car. The latter can negatively influence the career-orientated individual as the costs of running a vehicle may deter him or her from taking up a promising position that might be just a little too far from home.

Although convenient, the financial responsibility of owning a car is not always expedient on one’s budget.  

Status

In South Africa, motor vehicles have quickly become status symbols that may have an effect on your career. The general mindset seems to be that a fancy or luxury vehicle signals something along the lines of: ‘if you drive performance, you must surely drive results’. Not only could this thinking elevate your position (and your pay cheque), but it can also elevate the way in which your employer and your clients view your conduct.

Alternatively, there have been numerous studies conducted in the United States of America where employees have expressed their dismay and resentment towards those who drive luxury vehicles. The root of this dismay could be found when employees pointed out that they didn’t need their superiors to gloat about how much money they made through the types of luxury cars that they drove. Either way, your vehicle should act as a means of safe transport to and from your place of employment.

However you use your car – even if you’re simply making use of it to get from your home to your place of work, be sure to get the best out of your vehicle when it comes to safety.

If you have yet to invest in vehicle insurance, contact MiWay today for an up-to-date quote and rest assured that your vehicle will be kept safe. 

Now that you know what cars have done for our careers, see what they did for our lives in general by clicking here.