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Passenger safety in cars

Transporting passengers is a major responsibility, and safety must be of foremost importance. Below are tips that reduce risk and increase safety when incorporated into a driver’s regular routine.

Safe rides start before the vehicle is moving.

In addition to training drivers on the proper use of the vehicle, have procedures for:

  • Passenger aid (understand the needs of each person being transported).
  • First aid.
  • Safe lifting and handling if drivers assist passengers entering or exiting the auto.
  • Emergency road regulations and safety.
  • Evacuation mechanisms.

Regular maintenance is necessary, but so is Pre-Inspection. Items to check include:

  • Tire air pressure.
  • Tire condition and tread depth.
  • Fluid levels.
  • Lights.
  • Overall condition of the vehicle.

Everyone in a vehicle contributes to a safe ride.

  • Check all operators’ driving records before you allow them to drive and regularly thereafter.
  • Require seat belt use for all occupants of the vehicle.
  • Do not allow any person (child or adult) to remain in a vehicle unattended. There is a risk of the vehicle being hit while parked, of temperatures being too cold or hot, inappropriate behavior from passengers, the parking brake disengaging, and more!

Make sure all drivers have adequate automobile insurance.

  • Your auto liability policy may include Hired and Non-owned Auto Liability coverage. When employees use their personal autos for business purposes this insurance is in excess of their personal auto insurance. It is crucial to make certain your employees carry adequate insurance coverage and have an acceptable personal vehicle.

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This bulletin is designed by SECURA Insurance to inform you of important safety measures that prevent injury and can save you considerable expense.