Resource articles on driving safety
Why and how to support driver's safety
Driving safety statistics
When you think of work-related safety hazards, you probably think about what goes on inside the workplace. But one of the greatest threats to your employees' safety is not in the workplace, it's on the roadways.
Components of a driver safety program
Drivers are a significant loss exposure for your organization—one that is often overlooked. Vehicle crashes are on the rise and increasing jury verdicts for those found at fault are reaching amounts never before considered.
Items to address a fleet safety program
The first part of this document “Basic Individual Topics” can be utilized as a template for program auditing to find what topics are and are not covered in present activities. The second part of this document “Fleet Safety Program Elements” briefly describes the key fleet safety program basic individual topics mentioned in the template.
Driver selection and evaluation
The importance of driver selection and evaluation
It is important that you take precautions to ensure the quality of every employee (or volunteer) that will be driving for your organization.
The importance of background checks
Conducting background checks on potential employees and volunteers should be a major part of your organization’s business process.
Hiring safe drivers
Choosing the right person to drive on behalf of your organization should be a fundamental element in managing your driving exposures.
Written policies and procedures
Guidelines for employers to reduce auto vehicle crashes
Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work.
10 steps to auto accident prevention
Implementing a program that requires drivers to drive safely and rewards them for positive driving behaviors can help control and possibly prevent these accidents from occurring.
The importance of workplace cellphone policies
The rapid growth of technology has increased the need for workplace cell phone policies. Employers should develop formal, written guidelines on cell phone use while driving for any employees that operate a vehicle for business purposes.
Orientation, on-boarding, and training
Driving safely is an attitude, not a platitude
Embracing, improving and maintaining good behaviors and attitudes about driving are key components to keeping yourself and others safe.
Why you should be a defensive driver
According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts, someone is injured on the road every 18 seconds.
Driver training is important
A good driver safety program regardless of the number of vehicles, vehicle size or type should include a driver training component tailered to the needs and exposures of your organization.
If you're involved in an accident
Even the best defensive driving tips will not prevent all accidents. If, despite your best efforts, you’re involved in a traffic accident, remember that most people will be upset and emotions will be high.
How to describe a vehicle
To provide a useful description of a suspicious vehicle, it is most important to trust your instincts and make note of as many details as possible.
How to be prepared and respond to a vehicle accident
No one wants to be in an auto accident, yet on average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 6 million police reported auto accidents in the U.S. every year.
Inspections and maintenance
Regular vehicle inspections and maintenance are important
As an organization with drivers spending time on the road, you need to feel confident that your vehicles will function efficiently and safely under all driving conditions.
The pre-drive inspection should be part of any defensive driving program. This important task can help identify problems with your vehicle before it gets on the road.
Emergency warning devices
The Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety requires that emergency warning devices be placed on the highway within 10 minutes of bringing a disabled vehicle to a halt.
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