Employers play a big role in ensuring your safety while you work – on the road and off. But you play an equally important role. After all, it’s your body, your life we’re talking about.
Ensuring your safety while you drive on the job is a partnership between you and your employer. Your employer is required to provide safe working conditions. But if you feel conditions are unsafe, it’s up to you to talk to your supervisor or manager to work out safer ways of getting the job done. It’s about taking control of your own safety.
Here are some important things to consider – no matter whether you are a commercial driver, delivery driver, supervisor, manager or even the CEO.
Before You Drive
Ask yourself, do you need to make the trip? Can your business need be accomplished without driving (e.g. by phone, email)? If you need to drive, go over the vehicle and the trip you will be making (short or long) and ensure that you, the driver, are in good mental shape before driving.
- Vehicle – Do a quick pre-trip inspection. Are the seat, mirrors and headrest adjusted for you? Is everything working properly? If you don’t think the vehicle is up to the trip, talk to your supervisor or manager before you take off.
- Trip – Do you know where you are going and how to get there? If not, consult a map or GPS and plan your trip before you go. Are driving and weather conditions acceptable? If not, talk to your supervisor or manager.
- Driver – Are you rested and alert? Feeling calm and relaxed, fed and ready to get the job done? You should be.
While You Drive
You know the rules. But it’s up to you to make sure you follow them to look after your own safety.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Avoid distractions. Don’t use electronic devices (cell phones, GPS and other devices) while your vehicle is moving – pull over.
- Drive for the conditions. The speed limit is the maximum for when conditions are good. If they aren’t 100%, slow down.
- Make sure you make rest stops if you are going on a longer trip.
After You Drive
Did you notice anything about the vehicle, the load you hauled, the route you took or the timing of your trip that you think was unsafe? It’s up to you to talk to your manager or supervisor so you can work together to help ensure your safety while you drive on the job.
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