Do you remember the days before cell phones? Yeah, neither do we. Cell phones have become so prevalent that, at this point, they are essentially an extension of our hands. That's great when you're watching safety videos or looking up best practices for lifting a heavy box, but not so great when you're driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so now is a great time to stock up on posters to hang in April to encourage your employees to put down the phone, stop daydreaming, and drive safely.
Stop texting and driving
Though several distractions cause accidents, cell phones are a big one. NHTSA claims that sending or reading a text while driving 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. So…not recommended. Ensure your employees keep their eyes on the road while driving for work and during their commutes with a don't text and drive poster.
Encourage forklift safety
Nearly 95,000 employees are injured each year due to forklift accidents, so your operators must be aware of their surroundings when driving—driving a forklift while distracted could result in a crash that causes inventory to fall on the forklift or a collision with someone walking through the warehouse. In other instances, distracted driving could cause the forklift to roll right off the loading dock. None of these situations end well for your operator. So make sure they are aware and drive with care.
Promote safe driving in construction zones
More than 20,000 workers are injured at road construction sites each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Not only do your employees need to use caution when driving construction equipment, but they need to keep their eyes on the road when entering, exiting, or driving by construction zones. Encourage safe driving in construction zones and promote awareness when operating construction equipment to ensure workers don't accidentally go Roger Rabbit and steamroll a coworker.
Keep them safe on their commute
Your responsibility for employees' safety starts and ends the minute they walk through the door, so their commute to and from work isn't technically your domain. But if you care about your workers—and you should—April is a great time to remind them to drive safely by hanging a safety poster near the exit closest to your parking lot.
Cover your bases with a poster pack
You can't take safety too seriously, so rather than looking for a collection of posters to hang in your workplace, check out our transportation safety poster pack and get 12 posters with one purchase. Or, if you want to knock out all your poster purchases for the year in one phone call, sign up for a poster subscription.
Host a distracted driving awareness meeting
Distracted Driving Awareness Month means you get to host a safety meeting. Ensure you have all the materials you need to drive your point home. Order a Simpsons-themed distracted driving safety meeting kit, which comes with posters, a meeting outline, table tents, and quiz cards.
Accidents caused by distracted driving are preventable. During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, urge your employees to keep their eyes on the road and drive carefully. Browse through all of the Safety Poster's distracted driving posters to find the message that will best resonate with your staff.