Tips to Support Older Drivers
Many of your employees drive almost every day, whether as a regular part of their job, to commute to work or run errands around town. Have you examined how you support drivers 55 and older through your safety training program?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 41 million people 55 and older will be working in the U.S in two years; another 13 million will be 65 and older. Trainer Mike Ezzell discusses age-related physical and mental challenges that can affect safe driving in our next free online learning session Tuesday, Dec. 6. Cindy Kover, manager of the Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition and Mature Drivers Program, will join him.
They will help you learn to recognize signs that can put older drivers at risk and provide helpful safety tips. They also will talk about state initiatives like CarFit, an educational program that enables older drivers to check how well they “fit” in their vehicles.
We should continue to prioritize safety at work and on the roads for every generation. Crashes and injuries – whether they occur on or off the job – open the door to higher insurance premium costs, increased liability exposure and diminished productivity because of lost work time. Take steps to protect yourself, your employees and your organization’s bottom line.
Recipe for Holiday Safety
In 2019, U.S. employers lost nearly 2 million work days because of crashes and injuries, and spent $8 billion on alcohol-related crashes alone, according to an updated report by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. Use this cost calculator from the National Safety Council to better understand the real impact of substance use at your location and work to reduce crashes involving your employees and their family members.
Take action to address alcohol-impairment concerns and help keep everyone safe this holiday season:
- Use this free Safety Huddle to build a brief safety talk on impaired driving
- Download, print and display this free poster (or share digitally): Everyone Loves a Designated Driver
- Test employee safety knowledge with e-learning safety games, including Impairment Jeopardy
Introduce a new recipe for safety – literally. You don’t have to serve alcohol to have fun at company parties or in-home gatherings. Serve mocktails instead:
- Download and share this recipe from National Safety Council Program Manager DeAnn Crane: Non-Alcoholic Christmas Mimosa.
- Get more recipes to make non-alcoholic margaritas, sangrias, spritzers and punches
Every day, about 32 people die in drunk-driving crashes across America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s about one every 45 minutes. Work to create positive change.
‘Tis always the season for safe driving.
Apply Now: 2023 Traffic Safety Awards
Because driver and transportation safety resonates with so many Texas employers, we have recognized the cream of the crop through our unique awards program since 2014. Some past winners use speed-limiting devices to regulate company vehicles. Some make use of in-vehicle monitoring systems to develop reports on driver behavior and build their coaching playbooks.
Others have adopted distracted driving policies or conducted observational studies to better understand traffic patterns in and around their locations and implement safety solutions. What are you doing at your workplace? Boast about your achievements so we can make sure you are recognized as a safety leader.
Submit an online application for the 2023 Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards. We accept applications from municipal, corporate, private and non-profit organizations – small or large. The deadline to apply is March 17, but don’t delay. Get started on your safety brag book today.