Driving Regions

The region which we normally drive in is familiar to us. When we drive in foreign regions however, these familiarities disappear, resulting in increased risks. These may include different languages, road rules, road infrastructure, road signage, even driving on the other side of the road.

Negative Positive
Significant inter-regional travel. No requirement for employees to drive in unfamiliar territories.
Inadequate or no procedures exist to ensure adequate training or familiarisation, for staff who have to drive on business in other regions. Where driving region exposure does exist, comprehensive policies should be in place, with frequent communication to staff.
No formal policy exists that governs inter-regional travel for employees. Comprehensive familiarisation training is provided.
No communication with employees about the risks / hazards of driving in unfamiliar territory. If appropriate, staff in the local region should be responsible for transporting visiting staff.

  • Implement a comprehensive policy covering all employees who need to drive outside of their normal region. Risks and hazards associated with driving abroad should be regularly communicated.
  • Provide competency-based training to all exposed employees. This should include local rules and regulation, language issues (especially regarding road signage) and cultural differences.
  • Ensure that safety is considered when choosing types of hire cars. Particular attention should be given to automatic transmission if the employee is only familiar with manual transmission, or vice versa. Also, consider providing Global Positioning Systems for unfamiliar territory.