The employee drivers that keep your organization running are critical to the success of your company, but careless or distracted behavior and poor decision-making skills can put the lives of other Minnesota motorists at risk if your employees are dangerous drivers. Additionally, avoidable accidents can tarnish the reputation of your company and leave you with long-term damages. Fortunately, with proactive employee training and education, you can encourage your employees to operate their vehicles safely and in compliance with company-issued protocols.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides you with a list of important actions you can take in creating a fleet of employee-operated vehicles whose drivers practice safe, attentive and defensive driving. Some of the things you can do include the following:
- Encourage your employees to wear their seatbelts at all times.
- Create a no-tolerance policy for impaired driving. Make your expectations clear and quickly discipline employees who disobey the rules.
- If your employees need to secure cargo for transport, make sure they are properly educated about the right way to secure their load.
- Discourage fatigued driving and make sure your employees are allowed enough time to rest between driving assignments.
- Pay attention to laws regarding young drivers, and make sure each of your employees maintain the proper certifications, trainings and experience to operate an employee vehicle.
Discourage your employees from participating in aggressive driving practices including tailgating, speeding and engaging in conflict with other motorists. Provide incentives for employees who abide by the rules you have put in place and have effectively demonstrated responsible driving.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.