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November 4, 2015

Maintain & Improve Workplace Driving Safety

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According to Bureau of Labor statistics, two out every five fatal work injuries in the United States are due to occupational traffic fatalities. Accidents are by far the leading cause of on-the-job fatalities and the BLS expects the 2014 numbers, which will be released in 2016, to be much higher. Not only are traffic accidents dangerous, they are costly to a organization's bottom line, too. Traffic accidents and deaths linked to federal employees have cost the U.S. Government nearly $75 million over a five-year period.

One key factor to consider when working to improve driver safety at your company is whether your staff drives privately owned vehicles (POV) or company vehicles for company business. Check your local laws and your insurance company before you send an employee out in their POV as their can be serious issues if they get into an accident.

Keep Tabs on Driving

Numerous fleet management packages are available. Look for one that allows you to track employee location (which should be the basis of any Fleet Management system), time between deliveries and their speed. Aside from the main benefit of improving safety in your company, fleet management programs can help reduce fuel costs and save time.


Proctor Driving Tests
Sites like offer free DMV/MVD driving tests. Even if your employee has a clean driving record, you can use the tests to refresh their driving knowledge and current abilities. And, since the rules of the road change frequently, this is a great way to keep your employees up-to-date. After all, ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse.

Encourage Professional Development
A smarter workforce is a more productive workforce. Find courses that your drivers will benefit from and send them to those courses. Use the teach-back method once your employees return from a course. That is, they should give a class to their peers that sums up what they learned.

NETS 10-Step Program to Minimize Crash Risk

Don’t try to reinvent the wheel as you develop your company’s driver safety program. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, a private/public company focused on improving the health and safety of employees, has put together a 10 Step Program you should follow. The program is aimed at minimizing workplace traffic incidents. Adhering to these 10 steps should reduce your incidents - and insurance premiums:
  • Senior Management Commitment & Employee Involvement
  • Written Policies and Procedures
  • Driver Agreements
  • Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Checks
  • Crash Reporting and Investigation
  • Vehicle Selection, Maintenance and Inspection
  • Disciplinary Action System
  • Reward/Incentive Program
  • Driver Training/Communication
  • Regulatory Compliance


Driver Safety Incentive Programs

Everybody likes to be recognized and rewarded. Create an incentive program that will keep your drivers on point.
Monetary Rewards: Cash is always a winner. Dole some out to your best drivers.
Tangible Rewards: Do you have a corporate credit card that accumulates points? If so, you have an affordable way to acquire gifts for your incentive program. Travel, tickets to sporting events and electronics are all very popular incentive rewards.

Driving Under the Influence

Make sure your employees know that driving while intoxicated will lead to immediate termination. Today, prescription pills are a major concern. Warn your employees not to drive while taking medication. Even if it is prescribed to them, it is still against the law to drive while under their influence. Here is a sobering fact: the U.S. loses almost 30 people every day to alcohol-related traffic incidents alone.

And of course, texting while driving should NEVER be tolerated.

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