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3 driving safety tips for your employees

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Every day, Americans get behind the wheel, buckle their seatbelts and head off to work. Even once they've arrived, many continue to drive as a part of their job, making deliveries, sales calls and more for their employers. Although most car rides end without incident, motor vehicle crashes can be incredibly costly when they occur, burying both patients and their employees under hefty medical bills for conditions that often last long after the accident. 

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For instance, in 2012 alone Americans sustained crash injuries that will cost them $18 billion in medical costs over the course of their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compounding these direct costs is another $33 billion in lifetime lost work expenses from the million or more days Americans spend in the hospital as the result of car crashes every year. The imperative is clear - to control your healthcare costs you must be prepared to encourage your employees to stay safe on the road, whether they're driving for work or not.

Here are a few critical tips you should communicate to your workforce: 

  • Stay off cell phones: Mobile phone use can increase a person's risk of getting into an accident by as much as four times, according to the National Safety Council. While most drivers know to avoid texting behind the wheel, talking on the phone is actually responsible for more distracted driving crashes than texting. 
  • Wear sunglasses: Sunlight can wreak havoc on roadways, especially during commuting hours when solar glare can make it nearly impossible to see. Encourage your employees to keep a pair of polarized sunglasses within reach on their way to and from the office.
  • Keep tires inflated: While it's important to keep your tires inflated year-round, failing to do so can be costly especially during the hot months. Extreme heat can cause well-worn or underinflated tires to blow out unexpectedly, AAA reported. Urge your employees to double check their tire pressure before long drives or after their car has been inactive for a while.

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Christine Tricoli is manager of Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2004. She is responsible for developing new business relationships with key business leaders, plan sponsors and the brokerage community. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Christine was a senior sales account executive for a major health insurance company in the Houston market. She brings more than 30 years of experience in managed healthcare in Houston. Christine holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Group 1 Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.

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