Motor Vehicles (Driving Safety)

Floating Bridge on Lake Washington with traffic driving In the United States, more than 2,400 people die every year due to on-the-job vehicular crashes. In Washington, fatal motor vehicle traffic collisions are the leading cause of work-related deaths. From 1998 to 2009, more than 200 Washington State workers died following on-the-job motor vehicle collisions.

Unlike many workplaces, roadways can be unpredictable and safe driving requires your full attention. For this reason, cell phone use or texting while driving should be avoided and, in most situations, is illegal in the State of Washington.

Speeding, unsafe lane changes and a lack of knowledge about the vehicle, as with rental or fleet vehicles, are among the common causes of work-related motor vehicle crashes.

If you drive for work, you should never drive while tired or impaired by drugs or alcohol. Get plenty of rest before driving, always wear a seatbelt, set realistic goals on the number of miles you can drive safely each day and avoid aggressive driving.

Review the rules on this page and use the listed resources to keep your employees safe and working.


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