80% of U.S. Drivers with Cellphones use them while driving!
Distracted driving is a problem in America.
Almost 400,000 people are injured and almost 3,500 are killed in accidents every year involving distracted driving.
I hope that itâ€™s a conversation that is happening at dinner tables with youthful drivers on a repeated basis; but how often is it being discussed in Corporate America?
Distracted driving is more than cellphone use. It can be any distraction that takes a driver’s eyes or attention off the road or their hands off the wheel.
Large Fortune 1000 companies have in house risk management departments that do a good job of communicating key risk factors to employees and distracted driving is likely discussed where any sort of fleet of autos or trucks are deployed.
But what about small and medium businesses?
Where do they go for information and talking points about distracted driving?
How can they educate their drivers to keep them safe, and to reduce the chance of auto accidents which can damage a firmâ€™s reputation and balance sheet?
Many insurance companies can provide you risk control assistance if you ask for it, but itâ€™s usually up to the business owner or leadership team to make sure that training and education on driverâ€™s risks actually happen. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re happy to provide a copy of our Distracted Driver Prevention Guide for Commercial Fleets at the bottom of this post.
Within this guide, youâ€™ll find guidance on how to manage distracted driving, avoid it, and write policies to reinforce company guidelines on distracted driving. A sample Distracted Driving Policy is also provided, as well as educational materials that can be distributed to drivers or use as posters in the workplace.
Our risk management library has a ton of resources available to business owners, which weâ€™d be happy to share with you upon your request. If thereâ€™s a specific scenario youâ€™d like guidance on, please don’t hesitate to contact us.