If your company employs delivery drivers or technicians who must travel from site to site during their work, then the risk of distracted driving is a huge liability for you. Even the occasional work-related errand calls for preventative action.
The CDC reports a staggering 424,000 injuries involving a distracted driver in 2019. Distracted driving accidents are regrettably common, so this risk is not something your company can afford to overlook.
Establish a distracted driving policy
Draft a clear and detailed distracted driving policy that outlines actions your company will not tolerate from its drivers. Make your company’s stance on the use of mobile devices while driving clear, and be sure to regularly communicate the terms of this policy to your employees so they know you will enforce it. Ensure that those in leadership positions are setting a good example and staying aware of who might be violating the company’s policies.
Install safety measures in company vehicles
If it seems that strict policies are not enough to lower your distracted driving liability, it may be necessary to take further action. Consider installing integrated navigation systems so that drivers do not need to use their personal GPS applications. You might also invest in hands-free driving technology or onboard monitoring systems.
In the event that a driver you employ becomes responsible for an injury or death because of distracted behavior, your company will suffer morally and financially. Even if your insurance covers the damages of the accident, your rates are likely to go up dramatically afterward.