Driver Safety & Tips for the “New Normal”

As we become more accustomed to “the new normal” we are searching to find some regularity and consistency in our day-to-day lives. Businesses are operating differently. More employees are working from home, and transportation has changed in a significant way. Many businesses are still trying to figure out their place in this new norm, especially those that utilize vehicles to deliver goods and provide services. 

Driver safety as well as keeping customers safe is important. Below are some tips on how to keep your drivers, customers, and their families safe:

  1. Encourage drivers to plan their routes ahead of time and fill their gas tanks up at the end of the day. Wear gloves if possible when touching refueling stations.
  2. Keep hand sanitizer and use before and after jobs.
  3. Limit the number of workers in a vehicle. There should only be 1 person in front, the driver. And, only 1 other passenger in the backseat. Encourage workers to meet onsite, instead of riding together.
  4. Strategically place hand sanitizer and washing bins throughout the office or job site, or in their vehicle.
  5. Let drivers know that if they feel sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat, they should stay home. 
  6. Clean all surfaces that are touched regularly such as steering wheels, door handles and any equipment that enters or exits the vehicle. Throw trash away at the end of each day.
  7. Provide masks that can be worn while they are performing essential jobs and deliveries.
  8. At the end of the day before returning home, drivers should leave their shoes at the door and place clothes in designated receptacle or in washer. Wash hands one last time before calling it a day. 

Vehicle maintenance is also important during this time due to social distancing paired with having to make appointments and taking extra precautions while getting vehicles serviced. Make sure to have your drivers plan their maintenance and services in advance. 

The human element will always play a role in business and in our lives. Humans have compassion and love. We were never meant to be completely isolated from each other.  But it is also important to be safe and protect those most vulnerable. Let us stop the spread and get back to normal as soon as possible!