The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) will join forces to promote a formal safe driving education program "10 Steps to To Protect Your Most Valuable Resource-Your People" to fleets nationwide. Developed in an effort to help fleet managers minimize crash risk and protect employees and their organizations' bottom line, the program will officially kick-off in late February with speaking engagements at local NAFA chapters.
Matthew Betz, VP of National Account Sales, AmeriFleet Transportation and Co-Chair of the NAFA Education Development Committee will present the program at designated NAFA chapter meetings. The chapter's scheduling the meetings will include Greater Hartford (February 22), Sunshine State (February 23), Wisconsin (February 27),
Old Dominion (March 13), Michigan (March 22), Chicago (April 5), St. Louis (July 11).
Created by NAFA's Education Development Committee and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, the 10 Step-presentation provides guidelines to show that an employer can improve traffic safety performance and minimize the risk of motor vehicle crashes. Following these steps help organizations to ensure that qualified drivers are hired and that only qualified drivers are allowed to drive on company business, that drivers are trained and supervised, and that organizational vehicles are maintained properly. Adherance to the 10 steps can also help to keep company automotive insurance costs at the lowest possible level.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of workers in the United States. "Every 12 minutes someone dies in a traffic crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs," said Matthew Betz, VP of National Account Sales, AmeriFleet Transportation. "More importantly, any one of these could happen to your employees. Regardless of organization, occupation, or vehicle use, it is almost certain that the most dangerous part of the workday for most people is the time they spend behind the wheel. The NAFA and NETS partnership on this effort addresses our responsibility as fleet professionals to help reduce these statistics and to ultimately provide for safer travels on U.S. roads."
For more information on the NAFA/NETS "10 Steps to Protect Your Most Valuable Resource-Your People" safe driving program contact Matthew Betz at [email protected]
About National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA)
The National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA) is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of members who manage fleets of automobiles, SUVs, trucks, vans and a wide range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations in the United States and Canada.
About Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
Founded in 1989, NETS is an employer-led public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work, by reducing the number of traffic crashes that occur both on and off the job. NETS provides employers with effective programs, policies, best practices and employer-led activities. Information on NETS is available from the organization’s web site at www.trafficsafety.org