Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips

What is the secret of 'on the road' success for UPS drivers? We call it the "Five Seeing Habits," tips that stress the importance of space and visibility when driving. They may seem awkward at first, but with practice you can easily incorporate them into your every day driving.

An easy way many UPSers remember the habits are –“ All Good Kids Like Milk” – standing for Aim High in Steering, Get the Big Picture, Keep Your Eyes Moving, Leave Yourself an Out, Make Sure They See You. Go ahead, give it a try, you’ll be safer for it.

Five Seeing Habits:

1. Aim High in Steering: Look as far down the road as possible to uncover important traffic information to make appropriate decisions.

2. Get The Big Picture: Maintain the proper following distance so you can comfortably determine the true hazards around your vehicle.  Don't tailgate others.  

3. Keep Your Eyes Moving:  Scan - but don't stare.  Constantly shift your eyes while driving.  Active eyes keep up with changing traffic conditions.  

4. Leave Yourself An Out:  Be prepared.  Surround your vehicle with space in front and at least on one side to escape conflict.  

5. Make Sure They See You:  Communicate in traffic with your horn, lights and signals to establish eye contact with motorists and pedestrians.  Be reasonably sure of people's intentions.  

Fast Focus On Driving:  How One Week Can Help Keep Your Employees Safe

Safe driving is everyone’s business. That’s the theme of the annual “Drive Safely Work Week” program sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), a public-private partnership of America’s corporate and governmental leaders chaired by UPS. NETS encourages employers to promote safe driving practices through innovative programs that help to improve the safety and health of their employees, their families and the communities in which they work. 

UPS Health & Safety managers in 29 states serve as technical advisors to coordinators of NETS.  To explore ways to incorporate National Drive Safely Work Week at your company, visit the NETS Drive Safely Work Week site.

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