As an employer, you have a duty to ensure your employees are safe while they are at work, but what about ensuring their safety on their way to work? We’ve shared great tips that will help make their commute to work a safer one.
According to a 2016 Statistics Canada study, 1.5 million Canadians spent at least 60 minutes commuting to work and of these, 57% spent at least 60 minutes in a car for their commute. Long commutes can be stressful, especially when combatting traffic. The following tips will hopefully help employees safely commute to work.
Six Tips for a Safer Commute to Work
Tip 1: Maintenance
Having a safe vehicle is key, but it’s just as important to maintain it by conducting inspections. Ensure everything is in good working order, including tires, brakes, and lights.
Tip 2: Avoid Aggressive Driving
It’s easy to get irritated by other drivers on the road, especially if you’re running late. Leave enough time in the morning so you don’t feel rushed and remember that it’s safer to be courteous.
Tip 3: Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Driving while tired is never a good idea – it’s simply not safe. If you have a long commute to work, you’ll want to ensure you feel rested for the drive.
Tip 4: Be Prepared for Sun and Darkness
Depending on what time your shift starts or ends and the time of year, you may be driving in the bright sun or in complete darkness. Be prepared for the sun with sunglasses and a clean windshield to avoid glare. And, if it’s dark, read our blog called, Five Great Lessons for Driving Safely in the Dark.
Tip 5: Drive in the Middle Lane
If your commute involves driving on a highway, choose to stay in the middle lane as it’s often the most efficient lane. In the middle, you can avoid merging vehicles and focus on getting to work.
Tip 6: Don’t Drive While Distracted
One of the most important tips for driving is to never drive while distracted. Avoid texting or using any handheld device. Ensure you get to work safely and pay attention to driving – this will also help to keep you and others safe.