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Can you encourage trucker safety in your workforce?

As you may be well aware, truckers in California face a variety of risks associated with operating a vehicle that is large and heavy. Risks related to user error, inclement weather, driver distraction and environmental conditions can create dangerous situations if not navigated cautiously. However, your efforts to educate your employees on proper safety practices can encourage your workforce to use responsibility, care and vigilance when operating their vehicles. With your encouragement and efforts to provide consistent reminders of required protocols, you may be able to prevent unnecessary accidents within your workforce. 

According to TruckingOffice.com, these are some of the ways in which you can use your leadership position to promote safety among the truckers who work for you. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Create incentives: The members of your fleet may be more likely to operate their trucks safely and be extra cautious when you tie safe driving efforts to rewarding incentives. You can implement rewards after so many accident-free miles to promote safety and encourage other drivers to follow suit. 
  • Define acceptable behavior: Do not leave any areas to question when it comes to which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. Make it clear that drivers should not be distracted, fatigued, manipulating electronics or acting carelessly while behind the wheel.
  • Be consistent: Having rules established and in place is an excellent way to avoid unnecessary accidents, but it will not be any good if you do not enforce your policies. When the actions of any of your drivers are in question, apply your policies and reward and discipline as necessary to show your fleet that you are serious about following the rules and adhering to the code.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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