Safety is the only reason to perform a vehicle inspection every morning or before every trip. Prevention of a costly or timely problem is always better found in your yard than when on the road. The goal during a vehicle inspection is to insure that the vehicle is safe to drive. Use our guide as a starting point on what to check on a non-commercial motor vehicle prior to taking it on the road. This guide does not replace the need for a semi-annual or annual full inspection of all systems on your vehicle.
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Motor vehicle crashes can occur anytime. In 2014, crashes represented 36% of all injury-related workplace deaths in the US. The type or job and company didn’t matter1. When they occur, employers face both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs of course might include medical care, worker compensation costs, disability payments, overtime to cover for absence, loss of knowledge or skills, reassigning and cross training employees to provide coverage and legal fees. Indirect costs might include loss of productivity, operational delays, decreased employee morale with increased stress, redesigning routes and schedules, training replacement, preparing insurance claims and managing and participating in litigation.
This even pertains to employers without a large fleet of vehicles. Among workers who died in motor vehicle crashes at work in 2014, 58% were not employed in motor vehicle operator jobs such as truck, bus and taxi drivers2. They may have only been performing work in their personal vehicles, but on the clock. When these crashes do occur, they are expensive. The CDC Foundation reports an average cost per non-fatal, on-the-job crash injury as3:
Employers face a higher level of risk and liability when their employees are involved in a motor vehicle crash. Through the process of disclosure, attorneys will request and obtain copies of cell phone and texting records. They will actually be able to see the physical content of the texts. They will request cell tower records to determine when an employee conversation began and when it ended. They will also review your current driver policy. If your policy is outdated or not thoroughly enforced you are at risk for a large judgement. For this reason, it is vital that employers have a current driver policy.
The CDC reported that in Nebraska in 2013 crash deaths resulted in $311 million in medical and work loss costs1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said since 2014 Nebraska has had a higher road fatality rate per 100 million miles driven and per 100,000 population than the national average2. Overall, motor vehicle crashes cost Nebraska over $839,549,000 in 2015, when thirty-one people were injured each day and one person was killed every 36 hours3.
Driving is the most dangerous thing your employees will do each day. They should receive constant and continuous training in such areas as seat belt usage, cell phone and electronic device avoidance, distracted, defensive, fatigued and drugged and drunk driving. Establishing clear expectations for positive behavior and enforcing and informing employees of the consequences of negative behavior will mitigate any potential liability you could face from a vehicle crash.
This is the campaign theme this year for National Work Zone Awareness Week. During the week of April 9-13, transportation, law enforcement and safety organizations will be creating an awareness and calling attention to the importance of being engaged and aware when driving through work zones. Nebraska Safety Council in partnership with Drive Smart Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Transportation-Highway Safety Office has also included roadside awareness to this cause by developing a social media and radio campaign focusing on these important issues.
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Nebraska Safety Council has worked with five families personally touched by roadside and work zone crashes. These brave families feel passionate about sharing their stories to help call attention to the importance of driving attentively when near service vehicles and personnel.
Read their stories below.
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ATTENTION, PLEASE! Always put safety first when you're on the road. Don't drive distracted - by cell phones, food, passengers, etc. Texting while driving is especially dangerous. So, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Need a little extra motivation? Staying mindful,with your full attention in the moment, has been shown to be an effective stress reliever.
Coming and going. For many of us, it's an unavoidable part of every workday. For U.S. workers, the average one-way trip takes about 25 minutes. And, over 8 percent have travel times of 60 minutes or longer each way.*
If your commute is a chore, a bore or a sore subject, consider these tips. Of course, what works for you will depend on a number of factors, such as your mode of travel and the distance. But, you may find an idea or two here - big or small - to improve your daily trips.
If you're driving, these small steps may be a welcome change:
To really shake up your commute, consider one of these moves:
*U.S. Census Bureau, 2011.
**Talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level.
Source: United Healthcare Enewsletter - Healthy Mind Healthy Body - May 2014 Issue