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Improved Safety is Well Worth the Journey

At many organizations, employees are required to drive as part of their jobs, whether as construction machine operators or to pick up and deliver goods. One way to cut costs associated with travel and incidents on the road is to develop – or enhance – a journey management plan.

That plan should begin with an end in mind. Is travel necessary? What are your expectations? Do you expect employees to arrive at worksites at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m.? Do you account for the one or two hours of drive time it will take for them to reach their destinations? Have you considered whether this could result in 12-hour workdays?

Your journey toward improved safety begins with a journey management plan that works to protect your employees and your organization from needless risk. Driving is one of the most dangerous activities people from all walks of life undertake on a daily basis. So, what should your employees plan for? Prepare for?

  • Travel route: This should be predefined and should take into account several options and different types of roads. Allow extra time to account for unanticipated delays.
  • Communication process: To avoid distractions, be sure drivers can disconnect while behind the wheel but also are able to check in during rest breaks.
  • Weather conditions: Will the roads be wet or dry? What potential storm hazards can be anticipated?
  • Time and distance: Follow federal, state and local laws that address driver hours and miles traveled.
  • Fatigue: Avoid driving during late-night and early-morning hours. On longer trips, schedule regular rest breaks.
  • Maintenance: Schedule roadworthiness checks of vehicles and check tires before every trip.

Get travel conditions and find travel centers using free resources from the Texas Department of Transportation. In gatherings with your team, use free handouts from Our Driving Concern to review journey management procedures. Learn in a free webinar: How to Build the Ideal Roadside Emergency Kit.

Every drive is a journey. A journey management plan points you on the road to safety.

– Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council

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