Reduce the Chance of a Distracted Driving Disaster
If your employees regularly drive, as a business owner, you want to be sure they are safe behind the wheel. Employees who drive during the course of their work may also drive up their employerâ€™s risk factors if they give in to distractions while operating a vehicle.
Whether itâ€™s scrolling through social media, changing the radio or making calls behind the wheel, distracted driving is a huge risk. Whatâ€™s more, only 27 percent of businesses report having a formal policy on distracted driving. With the rise of tech in the car, making distracted driving a part of your policy is even more important.
Take a look at these four steps to help make your distracted driving policy more effective:
- Create a policy
Create a formal, written policy stating that your business will not tolerate mobile use while driving. Consider other distractions as well, such as tuning a radio, eating, drinking, or looking over paperwork. A formal policy is the foundation of your distracted driving prevention so be sure to outline your policies in detail. This policy should apply to everyone in your business who drives a vehicle on company business, no matter how infrequently they get behind the wheel.
- Communicate to employees
What good is having a distracted driving policy and then not communicating it? The most effective policies should be communicated on a regular basis. Have every employee who drives on company business acknowledge in writing that he or she will read and adhere to the policy. Include the policy in emails, newsletters, and on signs around the workplace to remind drivers of the importance of staying focused on the road.
- Follow the policy
Managers and office staff should lead by example. Let the team know that while they are on the road, no phone call or email is worth risking their safety.
- Promote safe driving practices
Most managers are in the best position to promote safe driving practices and the expected behaviors of those that drive for a business. They can reinforce the policies and even recognize team members that drive the safest.
If the worst does happen, be sure that you have aÂ commercial auto insuranceÂ policy that you can fall back on. At CAV Insurance Agency, we work with each business to determine their individual needs and budget. Serving Wellesley, Arlington, Natick, Concord, Cambridge, and neighboring towns, contact us today onÂ 781-237-4107Â to get started.