Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW), an annual safety campaign organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), is officially observed during the first week of October. This year’s theme is “#PlanAhead - Your Key to Driving Safely” and focuses on the importance of thinking about your trip before getting behind the wheel. This means checking your fuel gauge the night before you have to be somewhere early in the morning, planning your route ahead of time, allowing extra time for potential weather delays, and more. Planning ahead is a key element of safe driving.
Reinforce the Importance of Safety
Drive Safely Work Week is a perfect opportunity to reinforce the importance of fleet safety. Fleets of all sizes can use this opportunity to create internal campaigns around the week, reward their safest drivers, and offer additional training. Plus, it’s probably a good time to review your distracted driving policy with your employees. Remember, a good policy is worth nothing if it is not properly communicated and enforced.
In fact, the NAFA Fleet Management Association feels so strongly about this that they issued the Association’s official position statement on distracted driving:
“This morning, NAFA issues the Association’s position statement regarding distracted driving, adopting a strong policy for all of its employees, contractors, and volunteers prohibiting the use of any electronic device – handheld or hands-free – while engaged in the act of driving.”
According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone makes a driver four times as likely to crash regardless of whether the cell phone is handheld or hands-free.
Promoting Drive Safely Work Week
The DSWW campaign contains numerous tips for businesses to use to remind their employees about important safety issues. Union Leasing is enthusiastic about promoting DSWW. We recommend organizations download the free materials available on the NETS website. These materials include everything from a sample seat belt policy to Powerpoint presentations and pre-written Tweets with graphics like this one:
"90% of a driver’s reaction time depends on vision. When did you last have yours checked? #PlanAhead #DSWW2015" (click to tweet this stat now!)
About Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
NETS (http://trafficsafety.org/) is dedicated to improving the health and safety of employees, their families and the community by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job.
Continuing the Commitment
Later this week, Union Leasing will feature a post about an accident involving a bicyclist who was hit by a distracted driver. Union Leasing is committed to spreading the message the dangers of distracted driving. You can also download our ebook with 9 real world cases against distracted driving: