Safe driving policy
Safe driving reduces wear and tear on company fleet cars, and minimises crash risk and associated repair costs.
Making road safety part of your company culture encourages employees to recognise their personal responsibility to drive safely. Creating a company-wide driving policy can be a very effective means of developing this culture.
It is important that staff understand their responsibilities when driving a company car and what behaviours are expected of them. They also need to see ‘what’s in it for them'. This may include the safety benefits for them as individuals, as well as the corporate cost and reputation benefits, of abiding by a safe driving policy.
To help you prepare your own safe driving policy, you may wish to view the TAC Safe Driving Policy (pdf 273K)that was prepared by the TAC for their staff members or the Guide to safe work-related driving (pdf 4Mb) guide developed by the Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe Victoria to help reduce deaths and injuries resulting from work-related driving.
Safe car purchasing policy
To help you develop your own safe car purchasing policy, you may wish to view the TAC Vehicle Purchasing Policy (pdf 1Mb).
Safety features to ask for
Currently available and advanced safety features are integral to further reducing the road toll. These include:
Side airbags, curtain airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) and seat belt reminders for the driver are available now and should be requested for current purchases or those in the near future. Seat belt reminders for all seating positions should also be specified for cars to be purchased in the next few years.
ISA technology is well developed technically and can be purchased from a limited number of providers . Devices for retrofitting should be available in the next few years. These should be requested from manufacturers now for implementation in new cars within the next 3-5 years.
To help fast-track the inclusion of safety features as standard across all car models, notify manufacturers that new safety technologies are a key criterion in your car purchasing decisions and make safety performance a major priority for your company’s fleet. Make it your responsibility to only purchase cars which achieve a high safety rating.