3 Tips for Minimizing the Impact of Traffic Tickets on Your CDL

For most drivers getting a traffic ticket is an expensive annoyance, but for commercial vehicle drivers, it can have a major impact on their ability to earn a living. If you drive a commercial vehicle, it is important to minimize the chance that your career could be sidetracked by traffic violations by practicing safe driving and mitigating the impact of traffic violations.

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1. Hire an Attorney

A traffic ticket isn’t just a minor setback for a commercial driver. You may lose time you could be spending earning money dealing with your ticket in court. You could lose your job, or have difficulty securing contracts and it may be difficult to find a new job as a driver. Plus you may face significant fines and other penalties. For these reasons, it may be a good idea to hire a CDL traffic attorney to assist you if you get a ticket.

2. Practice Good Driving Habits in Your Personal Vehicle

It isn’t just tickets you get while driving your commercial vehicle that could jeopardize your professional driving career. Traffic violations you commit in your personal vehicle can harm the status of your CDL. These violations may also be taken into account by potential employers. 

3. Don’t Make a Habit of Getting Tickets

Don’t think you will be able to simply pay the fine on minor violations and walk away. In many states the consequences of getting multiple tickets within a specific time frame compound. If you get enough tickets on your record, you can even lose your CDL entirely. 

Practicing safe driving habits is always a good idea. However, the pressure to make money can tempt some drivers into speeding or committing other violations. Because traffic violations can severely impact or even end your driving career, it is a good idea to take steps to mitigate the potential impact. 

Easy Weekend Projects for Your Kitchen

You have a free weekend coming up. Why not do a fun, easy DIY project to improve your kitchen? Here are some easy projects that can be completed in one weekend.

Rolling Island

If you have a small, freestanding island in your kitchen, you can easily make it into a rolling one that you can move around the kitchen as needed. All you need to do is turn it onto its side and add some dual wheel shock absorbing casters to the legs. Voila! Your weekend project is done.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lights are easy to purchase and install. Yet, they make such a difference in your kitchen. Suddenly, you will be able to see what you are doing when you are at a kitchen counter. They also make your kitchen look more modern.

A New Kitchen Faucet

Upgrade your kitchen sink instantly by installing a new, modern faucet. This is an easy project that can be completed in a couple of hours. If your faucet doesn’t come with installation instructions, you will find plenty of help on YouTube.

Change Out Cabinet Hardware

Most cabinet hardware uses the same configuration of screws, so it is easy to change out. Just purchase some new, more interesting hardware, swap it in, and watch your kitchen be instantly transformed. This change is easy on the budget, too.

Add a Backsplash

Install a backsplash between your countertops and your cabinets. If you don’t want to mess around with tile and grout, you can purchase peel-and-stick backsplash panels that look very good. A backsplash will add visual interest to your kitchen. No one will realize how easy it was to do.

These DIY projects are so simple that you could probably do more than one in a single weekend if you want. They are a quick and inexpensive way to upgrade your kitchen.

Philippine Holiday Guide for 2021

Here’s the Philippine Holiday guide for 2021 as per PROCLAMATION  NO. 986 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 30, 2020.

This will guide you if you have important travel plans for this year. If there are unavoidable travel, please be aware of Covid19 safety and health protocols in the respective areas you will be visiting. It pays to be cautious all the time.

Leisure travel has been affected by the pandemic since last year. With the development in vaccines to combat Covid 19, we hope to be back to “normalcy” by the end of the year.

Date NameType
1 JanFridayNew Year’s DayRegular Holiday
12 FebFridayChinese Lunar New Year’s DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
25 FebThursdayPeople Power AnniversarySpecial Non-working Holiday
1 AprThursdayMaundy ThursdayRegular Holiday
2 AprFridayGood FridayRegular Holiday
3 AprSaturdayBlack SaturdaySpecial Non-working Holiday
9 AprFridayThe Day of ValorRegular Holiday
1 MaySaturdayLabor DayRegular Holiday
12 JunSaturdayIndependence DayRegular Holiday
20 JulTuesdayEid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)Regular Holiday
21 JulWednesdayEid al-Adha Day 2Common local holiday
21 AugSaturdayNinoy Aquino DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
30 AugMondayNational Heroes DayRegular Holiday
1 NovMondayAll Saints’ DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
2 NovTuesdayAll Souls’ DaySpecial Working Holiday
30 NovTuesdayBonifacio DayRegular Holiday
8 DecWednesdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionSpecial Non-working Holiday
24 DecFridayChristmas EveSpecial Working Holiday
25 DecSaturdayChristmas DayRegular Holiday
30 DecThursdayRizal DayRegular Holiday
31 DecFridayNew Year’s EveSpecial Working Holiday
Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/philippines/2021

Update: I’ve made some adjustments to the following dates; November 2, December 24, and 31, being declared by Malacañang as Special Working Holidays. A no-work no-pay policy applies on the said dates, according to the government.