Now is the season for sharing and giving...and for driving over the river and through the woods. But as millions of Americans hit the road this holiday season, I'm concerned.
Somewhere out there, an employee is driving on company business or in a company vehicle and his or her company cell phone or pda is ringing.
HEY. YOU. Let it ring. No call--none--can be worth the risk you invite by answering it. Later, tell your boss or your client you were driving and it would have been unsafe to answer.
Tell them President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal employees from using cell phones, pda's, and other messaging devices while on the road. Tell them Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said it should be part of company policy across the country.
It's the policy of driving professionals like Schneider National, a logistics and transportation services company. It's the policy of manufacturers like Potash Corporation, a producer of fertilizer and animal feed. It's the policy of think-tanks like Third Way. It's the policy of environmentalists like the National Wildlife Federation. And, as posted on this blog's comments, it's the policy of an entire trade group of construction companies, Associated General Contractors of America.
These employers get it. Does yours?
This holiday season, give the gift of safety: Get your company to join the Drive Against Distraction. Then, let us know by posting a comment here.
Best practices are contagious. Please, join the drive.