Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of accidental death and of workplace deaths representing about one in four fatal work injuries. Whether your employees drive on the job or commute to work by car, they need defensive driving training. An effective plan should include these basic rules:
- Buckle up for safety.
- Follow traffic rules, signs, and signals.
- Don’t speed.
- Maintain a two to four second gap behind the vehicle in front of you, but don’t fixate on it. Scan ahead as far as possible to watch and plan for emerging traffic situations.
- Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention on traffic.
- Check your rearview and side mirrors frequently.
- Adjust your speed and driving to changing weather and traffic conditions.
- Expect the unexpected and be especially alert in heavy traffic for sudden stops, vehicles passing or moving in and out of lanes, road debris, and work zones.
- Keep cool, yield right of way, and avoid disputes with other drivers.
- Pull over to make or receive phone calls.
- Don’t drink or take drugs and drive.
Be sure to stress vehicle maintenance. A safe, roadworthy vehicle is an indispensable part of driving safely. If the vehicle is unsafe, the driver and others on the road are at risk. Teach your employees to keep their vehicles maintained properly and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for oil changes, tune-ups, and so on. Also, remind them to inspect their vehicles frequently between service checkups.
Our risk management professionals would be happy to help you implement a comprehensive safe driving program for your employees. Just call or send us an e-mail.