Safe Driving Policy
Author: Kimberly-Anne Murphy
When to Use This Policy
Whether a company manages a large fleet of delivery vehicles or simply has salesmen who require a large amount of driving time in their job descriptions, creating and enforcing an effective safe driving policy can save a great deal of time and money. When accidents happen, whether on company time or not, employers often bear the cost: employees miss time from work, company property is damaged and the company can be liable for damages incurred.
Those in leadership positions should set a positive example, both in their own driving and in the expectations they communicate to their employees. For example, those in management positions should never pressure their subordinates to text or call while driving. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that employers provide a workplace free of hazards. Driving is now considered a workplace and distracted driving a hazard; as more and more states enact bans on cell phone use while driving, it is more important than ever that employees not take calls or texts while driving.