Safety First: Tips to Protect Your Fleet From Drunk and Erratic Drivers

Apr 23, 2009
With your drivers on the road throughout the day, the chances are more than likely that at one point they will come across a drunk driver, or someone who has fallen ill and is unable to control their vehicle.

This month’s edition of Business Driver provides some helpful tips that you can share with your drivers as a reminder of the dangers they may face on the road at any given time.

First of all, signs of an impaired driver range from obvious to situations that are harder to identify. Watch for drivers who are weaving, crossing the center line, taking wide turns, driving 10 miles per hour below the speed limit, following other cars too closely, braking without warning, driving without headlights on at night or stopping inconsistently.

If you or one of you drivers is confronted with this situation, it is important to remember to let the police do their job. While you can help by reporting a driver you feel is putting other people on the road in danger, don’t try to be a hero. The most important thing to do is ensure your own safety first.

Stay far behind the vehicle that is driving erratically and be ready for the unexpected to happen. Make sure that you and any passengers in your vehicle are wearing seatbelts. Pull over to the side of the road and call 911 or *SP, which will put you in contact with state police and give the authorities the location, direction of travel, a description of the car and the driver’s actions.

It may seem like it would be just as easy to avoid the problem and get past it as quickly as possible, but alerting authorities could truly save lives.

To read more about defending yourself and your drivers on the road and some of the steps automakers are taking to ensure better safety options in their vehicles, check out the extensive article on driving distractions here.

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