Every year, more people are killed from motor vehicle crashes while on the job than from any other type of incident. This April, we encourage you to participate in the National Safety Council's Distracted Driving Awareness Month. By reminding your workforce of the dangers of distracted driving, you can help keep your employees safe while they're behind the wheel.
According to the NSC, people who use their cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get in an accident than those who do not. While you might be quick to blame texting as the primary culprit behind these accidents, the NSC estimates phone calls actually account for more than five times as many accidents as texting while driving. Even though a hands-free call may not inhibit drivers' physical ability to operate the vehicle, their response time is slowed just as much as if they were legally drunk, according to OSHA.
Despite these startling figures, many employers do not have rules prohibiting cell phone use behind the wheel when on the job. In fact, some companies encourage people to take calls on the road. As a proactive employer, take some time during Distracted Driving Awareness Month to review your policies regarding cell phone use on the job.
According to the NSC, the most effective policies share the following qualities:
- They apply to every employee in the company.
- They restrict the use of both handheld and hands-free devices.
- They cover trips in all company vehicles.
- They prohibit the use of all company cell phones while driving.
- They address all work-related communication, no matter who owns the vehicle or cell phone.
For help reinforcing your distracted driving policy with a behavior based safety program, contact Safety Advantage today.