Encouraging your employees to be the best drivers they can be is one step in the right direction to improving road safety within your organisation and in society in general.
Yet, words can only have power if they are supported by actions. Every organisation that prioritises road safety can act on their words by pledging to road safety.
The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, encourages each person to make a pledge to road safety to bring about a tangible difference to crash statistics. “Encourage all your employees, especially those that drive as part of their employment, to make a pledge to be better drivers and to be ambassadors of road safety to all that they come into contact with.
“This pledge includes both major road offences like drinking and driving and distracted driving but also the minor offences that most drivers believe they can commit without consequence. It includes pledging to stop at every stop sign, to never drive inappropriate speeds (for example driving 60km/h in an area where school children are present) and to always be courteous to other drivers. It requires driving in a way that drastically reduces your chances of being in a collision,” says Herbert.
Encourage every person in your organisation to sign a pledge that spells out what driving is not acceptable. Herbert provides an example of this kind of pledge below:
Road Safety Pledge
I pledge, to the best of my ability, to be a law-abiding, courteous and responsible driver at all times. The main tool that I use to become a driver like this is advanced roadcraft training that will equip me with the skills of defensive driving. This will allow me to safely arrive at my destination by adhering to the rules and expectations that authorities and other road users expect of me, irrespective of irresponsible driving or wrong doing other drivers. This includes pledging to:
Never drink or use drugs when driving.
Never use my cellphone or any item while driving that could distract me from the road.
Always wear my seatbelt.
Always adjust my speed to the conditions, such as bad weather, reduced visibility or slower drivers around my vehicle.
‘Drive nice, It’s contagious.’ Be tolerant of drivers even when they make mistakes, to never cut another driver off and never pressurise others on the road.
Respect other road users and acknowledge that each person has as much right to the road as myself.
Keep my vehicle in a road worthy condition