Company Car and Auto Safety at Work and Beyond

Every good driver strives to avoid accidents by obeying the traffic laws and the rules of the road. When driving a company vehicle, the stress and desire to remain accident-free are often doubled. Although accidents are not always avoidable, both the employee and the employer want to take any and all precautions to ensure the safety of the driver and prevent damage to the vehicle. On the employer's end, this typically involves ensuring that the vehicle is in top condition and safe for road travel. For example, employers will ensure that the company car receives proper and timely tune-ups, oil changes, and other required maintenance, such as ensuring that the tires and windshield wipers are in good condition. Employers may also have safety guidelines and practices in place. This may include not requiring employees to drive a certain number of hours, verifying driver's licenses, and ensuring that workers comply with all laws regarding things such as seat belt and cell phone use.

Drivers should naturally practice safe driving regardless of the vehicle being driven. They may review safety tips that can help them to become better drivers as well. General safe driving tips often include removing any distractions before starting the car. This often involves turning off and putting away a cell phone and presetting any music before hitting the road. It is also important to avoid eating or drinking while the car is in motion. Anything that causes the driver to look away from the road, no matter how briefly, can result in an accident. Also, before driving, people should know exactly where they are going to avoid confusion or loss of attention to the road. Drivers should avoid driving if tired, sick, or taking unfamiliar medications or any medicine that may cause drowsiness. If driving during the rain or snow, drivers should slow down and keep enough space between themselves and the car in front of them. At all times, drivers should drive defensively so that they are prepared to safely react if called for.

For more information on auto safety while working and during personal time, review the list of links below.