Technology is rapidly changing. Has your company’s driving policies kept up?
If you have employees who drive as part of their job, your driving policy should address cell phone use. Drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to be in an accident, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A cell phone policy can include the following provisions:
•Employees are expected not to text or talk on their cell phones while driving, regardless of whether they use a hands-free device.
•Regardless of how fast traffic is moving, employees must pull into a rest area or parking lot and stop the vehicle before placing or accepting a cell phone call.
•Employees charged with traffic violations for using their cell phones while driving will be responsible for the resulting liabilities. (Texting while driving is against the law in Minnesota and that includes doing so at a stop light.)
Research shows the cognitive distraction of talking or texting while driving is dangerous, even when drivers have both hands on the wheel. According to 2013 research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these mental distractions slow reaction times and cause drivers to miss important visual cues.
Make employees aware of the risks
Avoiding cell phone use while driving is important for everyone, while working or for personal use. Tell employees:
•Using a cell phone while driving poses a risk comparable to driving under the influence of alcohol.
•Cell phone users have significantly poorer driving performance whether measured by speed control, following distance or reaction time.
•To stay safe, eliminate all cell phone use while driving including taking calls, sending or reading text messages, sending or reading email and surfing the Web.
•Cell phone laws (like Minnesota’s prohibition on texting while driving) apply while at a stop sign or stop light as well.
A Safety Message from our Friends at SFM