Did you know?

Aug 2017 10 | Posted by liz.smith

The number one cause of employee death is motor vehicle collisions. How does your district protect employees from this risk? As our modern world becomes more and more complex, the simple task of driving and skill of driving defensively might be lost in the shuffle. Is this the case at your entity? Are you having more automobile related claims that you are comfortable with?  (ZERO is a good number to strive for here).

GSRMA would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that driving defensively is a skill, one worthy of policies, procedures and practice. Administrative controls are the foundational element of your district’s success in this area. 

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) recommends a ten-step program for the successful creation and implementation of a safe driving policy. The NETS 10-step program is:

  1. Senior Management Commitment & Employee Involvement
  2. Written Policies and Procedures
  3. Driver Agreements
  4. Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Checks
  5. Crash Reporting and Investigation
  6. Vehicle Selection, Maintenance and Inspection
  7. Disciplinary Action System
  8. Reward/Incentive Program
  9. Driver Training/Communication
  10. Regulatory Compliance 

A comprehensive Defensive Driving program is no small undertaking, but we hope you agree it is an important one. Please let GSRMA’s Loss Prevention team know if you are ready to undertake a revision to your district’s policies to this significant risk. We are here to help, train, or simply “steer” you in the right direction.  Lossprevention@gsrma.org can be reached via e-mail or by calling (530) 934-5633.