Did you know in BC, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in the workplace?
That’s a daunting fact for those who drive for work or who employ people who drive for work.

Now, we’ve talked before about how aging can affect driving, so what does that mean for someone who drives for work?

What can I do as an employee?

Ultimately, YOU play the most important role in making sure you stay safe while on the road for work. As you age, your driving will be affected, regardless of your skill and experience. So, adjustments need to be made so you can continue to stay safe at work.

You can:

  • Maintain good health
  • Be aware of medical conditions/medications and drive accordingly
  • Talk to your doctor about concerns
  • Avoid all unnecessary distractions
  • Practice defensive driving
  • Never drive impaired by drugs, alcohol, sleep or medical conditions
  • Refresh your driving skills, take a lesson!
  • Use your vehicle’s safety features (seat belts, head restraints, etc)
  • Get your eyes checked

What can I do as an employer?

As an employer, you’re responsible for making sure your employees are safe when they drive for work.

You can:

  • Enforce driver safety policies that include:
    • Using seat belts
    • Avoiding distractions
    • No drug or alcohol use
    • Complying with speed limits
    • Regular safety checks of all vehicles
  • Promote driver safety through awareness campaigns
  • Provide driver safety refresher courses
  • Monitor your worker’s driving by regularly reviewing their driver medical reports and driver abstracts
  • Incorporate regular screening of the abilities affected by aging and medical conditions

Why bother?

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, there are many benefits of focusing on driving in the workplace.

For the employee, you will:

  • Decrease your risk of injury and death
  • Stay driving for as long as possible
  • Prevent higher insurance costs
  • Decrease chance of causing a crash
For the employer, you will:
  • Maintain productivity by decreasing time lost
  • Reduce liability and insurance premiums - private and WSBC
  • Improve public safety
  • Reduce brand risk

At the end of the day, everyone wants to arrive home safely. As we talked about above, there are a lot of things you can do preemptively - and in the moment, to avoid a crash. People are working (and driving) for longer than ever before, so it’s especially important to talk to your employees/employer and make sure everyone is on the same page.


The most vital part in ensuring you remain safe
December 5, 2019 by itsalina

The most vital part in ensuring you remain safe while out and about for work. As you age, you're driving will be influenced, paying little mind to your ability and experience. In this way, modifications should be influenced so you to can keep on staying safe at work.

June 2, 2018 by muneer ahmed

This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses.

March 27, 2018 by miked3693

This is my first visit to this website which is full of stuff related to driving. You have mentioned some interesting stuff about driving in the Workplace with us here and I think all the drivers should need to be fit. I will must recommend others to read these posts here.

February 27, 2018 by Alexander Sanderson

Employees death on work place is a serious matter you highlighted. the employees or employer should have know how about such topics. The guidelines you shared are very use full.

November 14, 2017 by billyx

A typical zone of vehicle safety that many business owners neglect is the wearing of safety belts, especially while working forklift trucks.

November 11, 2017 by Jake Fuller

Very useful and workable manual for the new employee drivers. All companies should introduce such a practice.

November 2, 2017 by emily90

The most imperative part in ensuring you remain safe while out and about for work. As you age your driving will be influenced, paying little heed to your aptitude and experience.

October 31, 2017 by DinaHaines

 I agree with your words, as we get old our health and eye sights also gets old which affects our driving skill. You have provided all the necessary things to be careful while driving. I thinks this is not only for those who works as a driver but also applicable for everyone who drives everyday. I drive myself while going to my work place and I will make sure to follow your advises.