Top Benefits for Signing Up Your Employees for Defensive Driving Courses
What’s the most important ingredient that every company shares, from the smallest start-up to the largest multi-national? The people.
Your workforce is the prime factor in your company’s success or failure. Certainly other economic factors play roles, such as the quality of your product or service, competition, location and level of customer service. But your people are key, so any effort to keep them around goes a long way to keeping your company around as well.
Workplace experts have come up with many management approaches and strategies to create a suitable and positive environment. But the real attention needs to literally be on keeping them alive and injury-free so they can remain productive.
Safety research shows that employees especially vulnerable on the road, especially from car vehicle crashes. The impact of these on a workforce can go beyond the direct trauma: employees can take months or years recovering mentally and physically. For those with motorcycles, be sure you know how to choose the right helmet.
Accidents can cause people to miss work for doctor visits, have transportation challenges and worry even more about finance. Overall productivity can suffer, and company insurance can also rise if on-the-job injuries are steady, and there could even be questions about liability. Too many on-the-job vehicle accidents can also attract the attention of workplace safety agencies like OSHA.
Rather than crossing their fingers for good luck each day, employers can take a variety of steps to make sure their staff acquires excellent defensive driving skills, which can be handy whether someone is on the road all the time or once in a while.
Employers may be able to sign up employees for classes in their area, or even put together their own guidelines, recommendations and safe driving practices.
Try Some of These Strategies:
- Keep it fresh
A defensive driving course offered once is good, but it’s easy to forget or pick bad habits as time goes by. Basic courses should be offered to new employees, but advanced levels or refresher courses can also be made available to others to make sure it’s not a one-time instruction.
- Make it a corporate priority
This includes allocating time and budgets to vehicle safety. A top-down approach shows that employees that everyone takes safety seriously. At the same time, companies should be open to suggestions from all levels to make sure there’s buy-in.
- Check driving records, especially for new employees
If a position will absolutely require driving, then you don’t want to hire someone with a past record of traffic convictions. This pattern could easily be repeated and increase a company’s liability in case an accident takes place.
- Create a contract for basic and defensive driving behaviors
All employees should be willing to adhere to certain rules of conduct when driving for work purposes, such as always wearing seat belts, not texting and driving, or not using alcohol or drugs behind the wheel. Proper defensive behaviors can also be added, such as being aware of road conditions, scanning ahead for possible problems, always using signals and not tailgating
- Go beyond the company
Legally, you’re only responsible for conduct of your employees when they’re driving on your behalf. Likewise, they’re only “supposed” to follow certain rules when they’re on the job. However, many of the same driving behaviors can benefit them before and after their shift and the same poor habits can increase the potential for harm. Employee driving awareness and defensive driving programs can also teach good habits for driving in general. Companies can also consider offering incentives for employees willing to implement these lessons at home or even invite their families to join in.