Help Keep Your Employees Safe While Driving This Holiday Season - 12/09/2013

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Monday, December 9, 2013


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Help Keep Your Employees Safe While Driving This Holiday Season


Well there is no question the holidays are upon us. We've already seen Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now we are experiencing about every after Black Friday Sale possible. We are also seeing family and friends getting together at local bars and restaurants for their parties to celebrate the season.

So that brings me to today's Safety E-QuickTip topic: Driving Safety.

You may be asking yourself right now where that came from, so let me explain.

In almost every industry, employees drive their own vehicle or company vehicle for work every day. But driving safety is one of those topics that is often overlooked during company safety training sessions unless the company is in the transportation industry. We have a tendency to not think much about driving safety because we understand that if someone is driving a vehicle, legally that is, they have already gone through the process of getting a license. As part of that process they had to complete a driver's test.

So why should we provide employees with continued awareness about driving safety when they should already know how to drive safely? It's simple. As humans we often need to be reminded of things we should and shouldn't do that will keep us safe.

If you don't believe me on this one, just drive down the road and tell me how many people you see talking or texting on their cell phones while driving.

If you haven't had the opportunity to talk about driving safety with your employees lately, I believe this is one of the best times of year to do so because it's winter and for many of us that means sleet, snow and icy conditions - something some of us will have to deal with for at least 5 to 6 months.

And for those of you who don't have to deal with these conditions, as I mentioned above this is the time of year when we celebrate the season. That could mean someone might have a few too many alcoholic beverages and decide to drive home in their car rather than calling a cab, putting everyone at risk. We need to drive a little more defensively as a result.

If you decide to put on a driving safety meeting, here are a few items that might help get your meeting started:

  • 1. Never drive under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs that impair your ability to operate the vehicle safely.
  • 2. Seat belts will be worn by all occupants at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
  • 3. Safe distance [one vehicle length per 10 MPH] will be maintained.
  • 4. Posted speed limits will not be exceeded.
  • 5. Never smoke while fueling a vehicle.
  • 6. Constant attention will be maintained by always being aware of road conditions and surrounding vehicles. Unnecessary distractions will not be permitted such as using hands to dial or receive cell phone calls or changing radio stations while the vehicle is in motion. Hands free cell phone use is allowed.
  • 7. During inclement weather conditions, appropriate adjustments to driving will be made such as slowing down, leaving more space between vehicles, using flashers, or getting off the road completely.

Although this is not a complete list of topics that can be discussed, it is a good place to start. Help keep your employees safe while driving this Holiday Season - put on a driving safety meeting today.

From everyone at U.S. Compliance Systems, have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

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