Safety is always a high priority
Whether on a test drive, filed call or taking a vehicle to another location, the safety of associates, customers and others on the road must be of utmost importance. Below is a sample policy that we advocate. I also recommend that this policy be covered, and lastly have statement that the associate signs that indicates that they understand.
A Sample Cell Phone Policy
Your safety is of great concern when driving on company time. Numerous studies have demonstrated how the use of hand-held and hands-free mobile devices (e.g., cell phones, tablets) while driving pose a significant safety risk to motorists, their passengers and others on the road. This includes, but is not limited to, answering or making phone calls, engaging in phone conversations, and reading or responding to emails and text messages.
Using a mobile device results in all three major types of driver distraction:
1. Visual — Taking your eyes off the road ahead
2. Manual — Taking your hands off the wheel
3. Cognitive — Taking your mind off the task of driving
To help create a safe driving environment, it’s important to stay focused on your driving duties at all times.
The guidelines below should be followed while operating any company vehicle:
· Gather any route plans or updates on road and weather conditions before your trip to avoid making calls for directions while driving
· Turn your cell phone off or put on it silent or vibrate before starting the vehicle
· Allow all incoming calls to go to voicemail
· Modify your voicemail greeting to indicate that you’re unavailable to answer or return calls while driving
· Pull over to a safe place, if it is urgently necessary to use your phone, before making calls or responding to text messages