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September 1, 2015

Free Employer Toolkit for 2015 Drive Safely Work Week

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has launched an online toolkit to help employers plan ahead for Drive Safely Work Week 2015 (DSWW), the October workplace campaign to improve the safety of employees, employee family members and their communities. The free DSWW toolkit provides easy-to-use Web-based resources, including facts and tips, downloadable graphics, and activities tailored to help drivers be at their best behind the wheel.

The theme this year is Plan Ahead - Your Key to Driving Safely. Materials underscore that planning may be the most critical leg of any driving trip and offers resources to help become a better planner for both business and personal travel.

"Planning is critical to safe driving from many different perspectives," said NETS Chair Joe McKillips. "It can be as simple as planning the best route. Other times it can mean planning for a designated driver, setting aside time with your teen driver to practice or talking to an older family member about the possibility of limiting their driving. These considerations and more are covered in this year's campaign materials."

The 2015 DSWW campaign's daily areas of emphasis will help employees:

  • Remember to take time to plan their trips, even those that feel routine
  • Prepare for driving situations in unfamiliar areas
  • Take precautions to ensure they are driving with a clear head
  • Learn to navigate the changes of aging that can affect driving
  • Plan ahead for driving situations that involve family members

In addition to materials directed to all employees - whether they drive for work or just to and from work - the toolkit includes resources to assist management in development of guidelines and policies as related to safe driving. The campaign was developed using the expertise of NETS' member companies, collectively representing a fleet of more than half a million vehicles that travel in excess of 11 billion miles globally each year.

Held annually since 1996, Drive Safely Work Week is officially observed during the first week of October. However, the materials are not dated and may be used anytime throughout the year. Over the past several years, an average of 3,500 organizations have participated annually, representing 16.5 million employees per year.

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