Did you know that this week is “Drive Safely Work Week?” I'm a big proponent of safe driving. As a matter of fact, I've never had a speeding ticket or traffic citation. Call me cautious, but I'm proud of it. It's important to mention I'm not one of those drivers you get behind that is going so slowly it makes you angry. I'm a driver who pays attention, doesn't text while driving and abides by the law. I sure feel safer that way, and you should too knowing at least this person (me) is taking the necessary precautions for safe driving.
On the other hand, I've been in two accidents caused by the negligent driving of others. One of them was serious, and I was lucky to walk away almost unscathed. Nonetheless, I've never forgotten about it and it haunts me to this day, which is why I always pay attention. How many times have you seen a truck or car driving erratically, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, or veering over the lane line? Clearly those individuals are not driving safely and more than likely not paying close attention to the road. No wonder there are so many accidents.
Any business or organization that utilizes company vehicles or sales fleets should have a plan in place to promote safe driving practices. If you don't have one, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:
- Know who's driving your vehicles (for business or personal use)
- Run a motor vehicle report (MVR) to get an applicant's driving history
- Learn if there are offenses, citations, points, restrictions, or endorsements
- Utilize the services of a full-service background check provider who runs MVRs in all 50 states
The Network for Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and is sponsoring Drive Safely Work Week from October 4th-8th. The campaign this year focuses on the dangers of distracted driving and provides education and awareness activities.
To learn more and get a free 2010 campaign business toolkit click here.