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How to Develop a Successful Driver Safety Program
Posted on 06/24/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
Do you have a driver safety policy in tact? Developing and implementing a safety policy lays the foundation for any successful safety program. It allows you to provide your drivers with written documentation explaining the importance of safety to your business, and what will (and will not) be tolerated.
What should be included in a safety policy? Here are a few suggestions from contractingbusiness.com:
- Background information and purpose: Does your policy apply to personal vehicles as well as company-owned vehicles? Will you be conducting background checks and reviewing driving records before qualifying a driver? Explain this clearly and concisely in your policy.
- Policy specifics: This should explain all rules and regulations regarding seat belt use, cell phone use, eating while driving, drugs and alcohol, etc.
- Traffic violations or accidents: Outline the process of handling traffic violations and accidents. Indicate who should be notified, how situations will be investigated and who will file specific reports.
- General Information: Indicate what should be done when a vehicle breaks down, how to handle a roadside inspection and specifics regarding fueling.
- Corrective actions: Explain the policy for minor, major or repeat violations, as well as DUIs and citations.
In addition to a safety policy, many businesses are utilizing GPS fleet tracking as an imperative tool for driver safety. How does it work? GPS fleet tracking technology allows you to monitor driver behavior patterns such as speeding, aggressive driving and distracted driving. Because you are able to monitor these behaviors, you can see if your drivers are adhering to the rules in your safety policy.