Driver Maturity and Health Management

Experience comes with maturity. Driver maturity and health can directly affect driving ability, and directly contribute to collisions. Although statistics show young drivers incur more losses, in most cases medical impairments such as poor eyesight, hearing and cardiovascular health increase with age. Many of these may already exist as pre-existing ailments unknown to the individual. If employee health is not proactively addressed and monitored on an ongoing basis then these medical conditions may degenerate, and if undetected, can contribute to motor vehicle losses.

Negative Positive
 
A large proportion of mature age or young / inexperienced drivers. A small proportion of mature age or young / inexperienced drivers.
No ongoing (or too infrequent) monitoring of driver health (other than pre-employment medical examinations). Medical examinations are conducted at least every 2 – 3 years for all drivers (annually for mature age drivers or those with pre-existing ailments).
Inadequate scope of medical examinations (e.g. only evaluate hearing or eyesight). Medical examinations are conducted by a medical practitioner (or nurse practitioner) and cover hearing, eyesight, blood pressure / cardiograph and blood analysis (diabetes, cholesterol, drug and alcohol).

  • Structure your medical examination program so that all drivers are tested at least every 2- 3 years with annual tests for mature age drivers or those with pre-existing ailments.
  • Ensure that medical examinations are conducted by a company appointed medical practitioner (or nurse practitioner) and cover hearing, eyesight, blood pressure / cardiograph and blood analysis (diabetes, cholesterol, drug and alcohol) as a minimum.
  • Provide an active health management program (e.g. ongoing education on nutrition and exercise) for all employees.