Motorcycle Safety for Your Employees: Tips for Your Business Especially in South East Asia (SEA)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are almost 25 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to suffer fatal injuries in a crash.
“ As stated in the Pew Research Center’s article, the top four with the highest motorcycle use are SEA countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.”
“The Philippines is ranked at 9.”
With this statistics in mind, it’s clear that your business should implement measures to keep your employees safe on the road.
Why Employees’ Safety is Important to Your Company?
Compared to other modes of transportation, motorcycles are more convenient and less expensive. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle also comes with a higher level of risk than driving a car due to size and less safety/protection features.
Moreover, the data from insurance information institute (III) shows that, in 2020, the motorcyclist fatality rate is significantly increasing. It’s 6 times greater than the fatality rate by passenger cars, and 10 times greater than the fatality rate by light trucks. The most occurring time for motorcyclists accidents is 3 pm to 6 pm on weekdays, which is the after-work period.
This indicates the importance for your business to encourage safe riding practices amongst employees, especially the ones who ride for your company. If a riding accident or crash results in death or serious injury, it could have a huge impact on your company.
You might have to hire additional employees to replace those who were injured or killed. You may also end up paying for their families’ medical bills or death benefits. And some employees who were involved in accidents might decide to file a lawsuit against your business for negligence.
Finally, one of the main reasons you would want to encourage your employees to ride safely is because doing so can help reduce your company’s insurance costs. If your employees ride safely and follow the road rules, they may qualify for an insurance discount. This could help lower your company’s expenses by reducing your premiums and potentially save you money.
Two Tips to Keep Your Employees Safe From Motorcycle Accidents
1. Ask Your Employees to Install Safety Features
If your employees are riding their motorcycles to and from work, ask them to install safety features on their vehicles such as helmets with built-in Bluetooth technology to make it easier for riders to use their phones.
You can also encourage your employees to install a GPS device on their motorcycles. This will allow your employees to track their trips and drive times, so they won’t be late for work due to traffic issues.
With the new AI technology, you can get the same results as you get from a GPS device but no installation or additional device needed — just a smartphone application such as “Drive Safe”.
Drive Safe helps monitor driving behavior, including speeding and aggressive driving. You can then use this information to improve your employees’ riding habits and make the road safer for everyone.
2. Provide training and education
There are many organizations, such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the American Automobile Association, that offer free courses for both new or experienced riders. These courses cover topics such as riding in different conditions, how to avoid crashes, and how to deal with specific road hazards.
You may need to provide additional training for your employees who ride motorcycles. At the very least, share these tips with your employees to help them be safer on the road.
You can also host safety seminars at your business, such as during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week. These seminars can also help you build a stronger relationship with your employees. When you show employees that you care about their safety and well-being, it can help you boost retention rates for your business.
Employees are one of the most important assets for your business. As an employer, you can help them by encouraging them to install safety features on motorcycles, and providing courses, training, and seminars regarding motorcycle safety. Doing so can help prevent injuries and fatalities, reduce insurance premiums and protect your business from costly lawsuits and medical expenses.