Vehicle Safety Measures
Visual Inspection Before Use: Prior to use, drivers are responsible for making a visual inspection of the mirrors, tires, and other safety equipment of the vehicle per the SROM vehicle checklist.
Notice: A permanent notice shall be placed in all SROM Fleet vehicles highlighting the operating standards associated with all SROM vehicles. The notice shall be highly visible to the driver of the vehicle from the driver’s seat.
Safety Equipment: All SROM vehicles will be checked regularly for tire wear and serviceability of all safety equipment.
First Aid Kits: All SROM vehicles will have a First Aid Kit.
Trauma Kits: All SROM vehicles will have a Trauma Kit.
Accident Kit: All SROM vehicles will have an Accident Kit in the glove box.
NHTSA Placard: NHTSA Safety placards entitled “Reducing the Risk of Roller Over Crashes” will be read and gone over with drivers before operating all SROM Vehicles.
All of the above listed operation standards apply to rental vehicles.
It is SROM’s policy that all rented vehicles MUST include insurance provided by the rental company.
SROM Staff must accompany groups in a SROM vehicle that is completely outfitted with the above described safety equipment and kits when rental vehicles are used, or an organization chooses to use their own vehicles.
Basic Classroom Training
Minimum of 100 Minutes of classroom time including the review of the Van Training Online Quiz, watching Training Videos, and review of SROM’s policies regarding vehicle use. At which time staff can then participate in behind the wheel training which includes:
- Starting the vehicle
- Vehicle weight rating
- Trailer hook up & loading
- Changing a tire
- Attaching chains
- Rear wheel vs All wheel drive systems
- NHTSA Recommendations
- Trailer checks
- Trailer tactics
- Main causes of trailer accidents
- Driving habits
- Van driving video and trailer video
Behind the Wheel Training
Each staff member should exhibit competency in vehicle driving skills including the following:
- SROM Vehicle checklist identification
- Backing vehicle using mirrors
- Backing with Trailer
- Turning with Trailer
- Parking with Trailer
- Highway Speeds
- Emergency Braking (NOT Slamming!)
- Lack of visibility -lane change, turns, etc.
- Review of vehicle operating characteristics and operating vehicle under varying conditions.
Staff who were previously authorized to drive SROM vehichles must refresh their skills every 3 years by completing the vehicle training quiz with 80% accuracy and pass the road skills test.
In the case of an accident, drivers should do the following:
- Stop the vehicle near the accident and call the police or 911
- Assess the situation and help those injured within your scope of training. DO NOT move an injured person unless there is danger of another accident.
- Turn on Flashers and use the hazard road markers to direct traffic around the accident.
- Fill out the Vehicle Accident Report
- Have witnesses fill out Vehicle Witness Reports
- Wait until the police are done questioning you, then notify SROM headquarters.
This information and the Vehicle Accident Report will be located in the Accident Kit of the SROM vehicle.