Driving Learning Center

Pre-Trip Inspections (Non-Commercial Vehicle)

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.

Watch the linked video and then download the following references:

Vehicle Inspection Guide

Vehicle Inspection Form

Corporate Safe Driver Policy

driver safety flyerMotor 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:

  • Not wearing a seat belt $79,229
  • Distractions $72,442
  • Speed $73,914

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 If your policy is outdated or not thoroughly enforced you are at risk for a large judgement.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.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information on what a current corporate safe driver policy should look like. We are able to review your current policy and make suggestions for updating based on the current research from organizations like the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, OSHA, and CDC.

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Employee Driver Safety Presentation

did you knowThe 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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information on employee presentations covering these and additional topics like backing accidents, driving in roundabouts, pre-trip inspection, hazard avoidance and more.

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Roadside and Work Zone Safety

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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.

Read the complete article

View the State of Nebraska Proclamation

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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Improve Your Commute - In Little or Big Ways

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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.

Explore Some Options for Enhancing or Rethinking Your Daily Travels

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.

It's The Little Things

If you're driving, these small steps may be a welcome change:

  • Up the pleasant factor. You can't control rush hour. But, you can influence what goes on inside your car. Listen to soothing tunes or an audio book. Or, just relish the daily quiet time — and focus on the journey.
  • Create a haven of sorts. Keep your vehicle tidy. Trash and clutter may be adding to your stress.
  • Fend off frustration. Stuck in stop-and-go traffic? Stay calm by practicing deep breathing every time your foot is on the brake.
  • Allow yourself a buffer. Are you always in a hurry? Make a point of leaving home 10 minutes earlier. You'll be giving yourself the gift of more time and less stress.
  • Take the road less traveled. Look into alternate routes you could try when time allows. It may not always be practical. But, skipping the freeway frenzy on certain days may free you from aggravation and help you discover new places. Another plus: It may offer you a good "Plan B" if there's a major traffic jam.

Think Big

To really shake up your commute, consider one of these moves:

  • Pool your resources. Ask friends or colleagues if they'd like to share rides. Carpooling reduces your time behind the wheel, as well as congestion on the road. Plus, you'll save on gas and possibly parking, too.
  • Catch a bus. If available, try out public transit. You may find you enjoy that time to read or just relax.
  • Go for pedal power. If you have a reasonably short and safe commute, consider biking or even walking.** It's a three-for-one special: You'll get where you're going. You'll fit in regular exercise. And, you'll be doing something nice for the environment, too.

*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