Question by xyz123: Will I have to drive too much in Sacramento area if I become a language interpreter?
I applied for an interpreter’s job recently. They told me that I will be driving throughout Sacramento, CA. I really don’t like to drive much but I desperately need a job. I just had an accident 5 months ago. I’m still scared since there are many crazy drivers in Sac City. Will they make me drive too much? What should I do in order to keep myself safe?
just to clarify: it’s a language interpreter for hospitals and doctors
Answer by Lisa B
Compared to LA and SF, Sacramento drivers are actually relatively sane.
One thing about Sacramento that may help you is that it is actually fairly easy to get everywhere without using the freeways. By using surface streets, you can avoid the most frightening traffic.
I don’t know whether you will be working for a particular health care provider (like Sutter or Mercy) or on call to any hospital of doctor that needs an interpreter. Also, will it just be the City of Sacramento, or the metropolitan area? Those answers would make a lot of difference.
One thing that might help you is to take a defensive driving class. Many employers offer those for free, but if yours doesn’t, you can find one in the phone book or on the internet.
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