Defensive Driving Techniques for Your Volunteer Drivers

The elderly population is growing exponentially with many unable to drive themselves anywhere. As part of the mission of your organization, you may want to start offering volunteer transportation. In addition to a volunteer auto liability policy, these defensive driving techniques can keep both volunteers and those in need safe on the road.

Cushion Spacing

The insurance firm VIS states that defensive driving should be included in the volunteer association’s risk management strategy. One way to drive defensively is to maintain a cushion of space between cars. Avoid following too closely behind another driver. Their sudden movements may give the volunteer driver too little space to respond quickly.

Distracted Driving

Smartphones have proven invaluable to many businesses, but volunteer drivers should remain off of them while on the road. Not only do many state tickets distracted drivers, but they remain one of the top reasons for traffic fatalities. Distracted driving includes anything that pulls their attention from the road including cell phones, food, and drinks.

Proper Speed

Make sure that volunteer drivers maintain proper speeds on the roadways. With 1/3 of all fatal accidents the result of excess speed, it is imperative that drivers remain cautious and abide by the posted speed limits.

Volunteer auto liability comes into play should an accident occur. Defensive driving techniques can help keep the driver safe and passengers safe while lowering the risk of an accident.

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