When a nonprofit organization relies on the efforts of volunteers for transporting clients or materials, there are many significant safety concerns that need to be considered. Every time that volunteers take the road, they encounter potential hazards that could cause traffic accidents, vehicular damage, or personal injury. Older drivers may be especially susceptible to certain driving risks. Here are some ways that your nonprofit organization can work to mitigate some of the risks presented by putting older drivers behind the wheel.
Obtain Expert Help for an Occupational Assessment
As a part of older driver volunteer risk management, it’s beneficial to have an occupational therapist assess drivers’ capabilities and limitations. A professional and objective analysis is the most appropriate way to gauge a driver’s aptitude and identify any ways in which his or her fitness to drive may have become diminished. A thorough assessment may include a physical examination as well as a driving test.
Create Training Materials that Address Safe Driving Practices
Training policies specifically geared towards keeping older drivers safe can help to protect your volunteers and clients while mitigating your organization’s risk exposure. For example, some drivers’ licenses require that they wear corrective lenses; a policy acknowledging and emphasizing the importance of adhering to corrective lens restrictions can be incorporated into volunteer training materials as a means of promoting safety.