JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Encouraging employees to drive well and legally are steps in the right direction to encourage safe driving but words can only have power if supported by action.
”Every organisation – and that includes yours – that prioritises road safety can ask their staff to make a pledge about road safety,” says MasterDrive MD Eugene Herbert.
Such a pledge, he believes, could create reduce the number of road crashes and collisions.
“Encourage all your employees, especially those who drive as part of their employment, to pledge to be better drivers; to be ambassadors of road safety to all those with whom they come into contact.
OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS
“This pledge includes not only major road offences – drinking and driving – and distracted driving but also the minor offences that most drivers believe they can commit without consequence.
”That includes obeying EVERY stop sign, never driving at inappropriate speeds (such as 60km/h – the legal limit) where children are crossing or walking), and to always be courteous to other drivers.
”It requires driving in a way that drastically reduces the possibility of a collision.”
Encourage everybody in your organisation to sign a Road Safety Pledge such as this:
”I pledge to be at all times a law-abiding, courteous, responsible,and defensive driver. This will take me safely to my destination, irrespective of the behaviour of other drivers.
This includes pledging to:
- Never drink or use drugs before or while driving.
- Never while driving use a cellphone or any item that could distract me from the road.
- Always wear my crash restraint.
- Always adjust my speed to the weather, visibility, and slower drivers.
- ‘Drive Nice, It’s Contagious’.
- Be tolerant of drivers, even when they make a mistake; never cut off another driver or haze others on the road.
- Respect other road users. Each has as much right as you be there.
- Keep my vehicle roadworthy.