If the nature of your business requires you to rely on your employees to deliver products and services by transporting them to consumers, you face a unique set of risks tied to managing a fleet of employee-driven vehicles. While it would be convenient to rely on the responsibility and vigilance of your employees to drive safely and follow the rules of the road, it is often easier said than done. At Fellman Law Office, we have helped many employers in Minnesota to learn about effective ways to encourage their employees to drive safely.
If you have employees who are driving company-designated vehicles carelessly and putting the lives of other motorists at risk, that type of behavior could reflect badly on your company's name and reputation. Despite your efforts to run an ethical, honest and respected company, you have to rely on your employees to positively represent your brand, especially when they are behind the wheel of classified company vehicles. According to the United States Department of Labor, car crashes happen quite frequently, on a daily basis, in the United States. In fact, statistics show that an accident happens every 5 seconds. Some of the things you can do to encourage your employees to drive safely and responsibly include the following:
- Calculate costs for accidents and budget some of that money so you are not financially burdened if an accident does happen.
- Implement a safe driving program that educates employees about safe driving practices and provides incentives for those that follow the rules.
- Talk openly about safe driving techniques and hold regular trainings to refresh important topics.
By incorporating these suggestions into your operations, you may be able to consistently and effectively remind your employees about the importance of driving safe to protect themselves, other motorists and the company image as a whole. For more information about work-related accidents, visit our web page.