Preventing Distracting Driving In The Workplace

Posted By Kelly Hone on 2018-07-11 13:32

Driving is a daily task for millions of workers that poses several risks – especially if there are distracted drivers on the road. Distracted driving is a growing problem with all of the technology available. 

Distracted driving is not exclusive to mobile phone use, it can happen anytime the driver’s attention is taken off the road. This is why it is important for employers and employees to work together to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths.

Below are three ways employers and employees can prevent distracted driving at work.

Distracted Driving Policy:

Every company or organization should have a distracted driving policy – especially those that employ workers to drive or operate vehicles as their main job responsibility. The policy should clearly define distracted driving, explain the risks involved with it, and set consequences for violating the policy.

Current and new employees should be required to acknowledge they understand the policy and any consequences associated with violating it before getting behind the wheel.

Ban Texting:

The brain can not efficiently perform multiple cognitive tasks at once – particularly while driving.
Employers should prohibit texting, or the use of mobile phones while driving. Encourage employees to pull over or wait until arriving at their destination to make a call or send a text.

 

Educate:

It’s important to regularly educate workers on the dangers of driving distracted. Reiterate distracted driving is not just associated with cell phone use. In fact, there are three types of distractions: visual, cognitive and manual – texting involves all three.

 

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