Driver training should be policy-driven, targeted on distracted driving, says expert

Distracted driving continues to be an epidemic on our roads. Cell phones, talking to passengers, reaching for objects such as laptops, tablets, and purses, GPS, chatting, texting, and tweeting, MP3 players, personal grooming, and eating and drinking are only a handful of the many distractions on the road today. Help raise awareness of this dangerous practice among your employees with high-impact, policy driven training. BLR provides useful information to help you get started.

Driver training should be policy-driven, targeted on distracted...

It’s Drive Safely Work Week, so you may be thinking about what you can do in your own workplace. When it comes to making an impact on your workers, driving policies and training are arguably the most powerful tools you can use.

Brandon Dufour knows a lot about driver training. His family business, All-Star Driver, has been teaching thousands of new drivers in Connecticut each year. The business has recently extended its scope to employee driver training.

Employers often believe that common sense is enough to keep their workers crash free, says Dufour. They don’t see the value in developing a detailed policy because the rules seem so obvious—don’t text and drive; don’t drink and drive. But obvious isn’t enough when lives are at stake.

If you’re ready to make positive changes, Dufour suggests starting with your employee handbook—review your driving policies, and make sure you’re training on them. If you don’t have policies, you’re exposing your business to significant risk. “Call a labor attorney, your risk manager, us, get help from somebody,” he suggests.

The All-Star approach is policy-driven. “We’ve created a policy that will cover 95 percent of employers for any type of driver negligence claims. We provide the policy and train employees step by step on it.”

The All-Star policy relies on a full ban on distracted driving. “The stats are really mind-numbing,” says Dufour. “Distracted driving—texting, e-mailing, Web browsing, or putting an address into a GPS—is the number one cause of death and injury on the road, above drinking and driving.”

He adds that while most people realize that driving is a risky activity, very few feel that they are personally at risk.

If an employee is found to be texting and driving, for example, a first offense would yield a warning with a penalty and a second offense would lead to termination. The same applies to drinking and driving.

 

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