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Transporting passengers remains one of the biggest risks a church or an individual can take and regardless of whether your transportation use is large or small, any ministry should take the time to develop a sound transportation plan. Here are some things you need to know and resources to help protect your members and volunteers on the road.
Resources for Safer Transportation
What If I Use My Own Vehicle? If you drive your own vehicle for a church/school activity, if there is an accident involving damage to your vehicle or any bodily injury, your personal insurance will respond first! The organization’s insurance will not provide you with primary or direct insurance coverage.
Establish Acceptable Driver Guidelines: You should adopt a simple Transportation Policy that among other things, outlines acceptable driving records, age, and general transportation procedures. ( If you would like a free sample Transportation policy, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Transportation Driver Application: This sample document can help your organization screen potential drivers. It is recommended that anyone driving your owned vehicles or those driving their own vehicles on behalf of your organization should be required to complete this sample document.
Transportation Safety Checklist: A questionnaire to help you determine whether or not you have proper procedures in place to keep members and volunteers safe.
Distracted Driving: From texting to grooming, focusing on activities other than driving is becoming a scary trend. This infographic offers stats on distracted driving as well as tips for staying focused and alert behind the wheel.
Vehicle Self-Inspection Checklist: Make sure your vehicle is road-ready before you get behind the wheel. This checklist can help you identify and fix potential red flags before they become problems.
15-Passenger Van Safety: Fifteen-passenger vans can help you get a lot of people from Point A to Point B, but they also have a high rollover rate and are not designed to meet the safety standards applicable to school buses. This article will explain what steps you can take to reduce the risk of rollovers short of replacing your van with a mini-bus. You’ll also learn about the Roadmaster Active Suspension kit, which can improve the safety of 10-, 12- and 15-passenger vans.
Vehicle Safety and Survival Kit: A list of recommended items to include in a safety and survival kit, should you experience an accident, emergency or other problem on the road.
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