Your dealership has many employees who drive as a part of their jobs and may be unaware of how distracted they are. According to OSHA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of worker fatalities.
There are steps you can take as an employer to reduce risks related to distracted driving. For example:
- Training. Driving’s gotten a lot more complicated since most of us climbed behind the wheel for the first time. KPA’s Safe Driver training includes information on preventing distractions, defensive driving and evasive maneuvers.
- Awareness campaigns. You can hold a “Drive Safely” campaign at your dealership. Trafficsafety.org offers videos, fliers and other items you can use at your work sites to make employees more aware of the risks.
Awareness and training are important because we get so used to distractions when we drive, we don’t realize we’re at risk. (You can test your own risk for distracted driving on KPA’s site.)
To find out more about your responsibilities as an employer, visit the Department of Transportation website Distraction.gov. Pages with good information for employers include Regulations and State Laws. KPA clients can also contact their safety engineer or HR consultant for help with training programs.