Fleet drivers who continue to traverse the roads in the midst of this pandemic have even more to distract their minds as they perform their duties, maintain distancing from their daily contacts, disinfect vehicle surfaces, carry gloves and masks, and more. More and more companies that rely on their drivers are reinforcing a singular message: Safety remains Our Top Priority.
The following driver safety tips reinforce that company pledge:
- Communicate with at-work drivers about the importance of getting adequate sleep, and the dangers of driving tired
- Encourage at-work drivers to maintain a healthy diet
- Speak to drivers about the importance of continuing to take rest breaks, even if drivers’ hours are extended and schedules are busier
- Although their usual form of exercise might not be possible, share tips with at-work drivers for keeping up regular exercise outside of work (ideas include online videos, DVD workouts and home gyms)
- Ensure at-work drivers are aware of the risks associated with impairment, including the “morning after” effects of alcohol
- Encourage at-work drivers to take “time out” after work to focus on their wellbeing (for example reading, mindfulness, family time etc.)
- Check in with team members regularly to ask how people are feeling/coping. Sharing your own stories of how you’re coping with new schedules/working environments could prove helpful.
- Encourage at-work drivers to share feedback related to how they’re managing with workloads
- Remind drivers that over-the-counter medicines can have side-effects including dizziness, fatigue, nausea and others, and that they must check labels before driving if they are taking any medicines