January 2019 Newsletter: Identify What’s Working, Fix What’s Not

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Our Driving Concern Senior Program Manager Lisa Robinson speaks to issues and concerns all employers face when trying to make their workforce safe on the road.

As the new year begins, perhaps you are wondering how you can recharge your driver safety program.

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Evaluate your tools: What tools are you using? Are you using the right tools to achieve results? Or are you using the same tools you always have used?
  • Leadership: Is your leadership involved, invested and committed? In every organization, buy-in from leadership is essential in developing a successful safety program.
  • Policies: What policies are in place? When were policies last reviewed and updated? Do your employees know the policies? Are they reminded on a regular basis? Policies and expectations should be clear, and regulations should be enforced.
  • Driver agreements: Employees acknowledge awareness and understanding of your organization’s traffic safety policies, procedures and expectations regarding driver performance, vehicle maintenance and reporting of moving violations.
  • Discipline action strategy: Determine the course for corrective action, coaching, retraining and/or progressive discipline.
  • Record-keeping: Motor vehicle records should be checked regularly, reports should be filed and performance tracked.
  • Crash-reporting: How is your crash report form working? Are you capturing all the data you need? All crashes should be reported, no matter how minor, and all crashes should be investigated.
  • Company vehicles: Selection is important – so is maintenance.
  • Rewards and incentives: People like to be acknowledged. Implement a driver reward/incentive program to make safe driving an integral part of your business culture.

Let us help with free training opportunities, free resources and continuing education opportunities. Tap into Our Driving Concern for:

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Last August, the Texas Mutual Insurance Company was recognized by the National Safety Council and Our Driving Concern through the Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards program for its efforts in making state roads safer.

Texas Mutual experienced a 61% decrease in preventable crashes after shifting from a constant connectivity culture to one that allows employees to safely disconnect when behind the wheel. What are you doing at your workplace to protect your employees and make Texas roads safer?

We want to hear about your efforts and recognize you, too. Just fill out an application for our 2019 awards. Any Texas employer is eligible, including municipal, corporate, private and not-for-profit organizations — small or large. Judges will focus on education, outreach and efforts to promote driver behaviors that reduce crashes, both on and off the job. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 15.

Winners will be announced at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Traffic Safety Conference May 29-31 in San Antonio.