Work related vehicle accidents have a major impact on the health and
safety of your employees and enrolled children. The ideas listed below
could help improve employee performance and safety and possibly save a
What Can You Do?
Accidents happen! You have no control over bad weather, poor road
conditions, congested traffic and other drivers. You can, however, have
an influence on the quality of people you employ as drivers and the
vehicles they operate. Take a moment to review the ideas listed below.
Following these tips could minimize the chance of your employee and
students being involved in a crash.
Be sure to carefully select and properly train your drivers. Age,
experience and a clean driving record are important driver selection
criteria. Drivers should be 25+ years with at least five years of
driving experience with no violations or accidents for the last three
years. Be sure the driver has a current state driver's license and keep
it on file. In most cases, your insurance carrier will order MVR's and
notify you if a driver has a bad driving record.
The type of vehicle used to transport children will vary based on the
size of the center and its specific needs. It is common to see SUV's,
vans and school buses used to transport children. Whatever the vehicle
type, be sure each vehicle is maintained and serviced regularly. Keep
records and receipts on all parts & service work performed.
Have Policies & Procedures That Encourage Safe Transport
Both drivers and students need to be aware of acceptable vehicle
behavior. Practice and reinforce the basic rules. Set rules related to
use of seatbelts, proper boarding and unloading, horseplay in a moving
vehicle, keeping arms & hands inside the vehicle, appropriate voice
Report Accidents and Incidents Immediately to Your Insurance
Make sure your employees know what to do if they're involved in an
accident! Equip vehicles with glove box vehicle accident report forms as
well as disposable cameras so drivers can record damage and vehicles at
the scene. It is critical to train your employees on how to report
crashes and record information. As soon as possible, report the accident
or incident to you insurance agent.