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Flying Debris – Inside the Vehicle!

Q. In a recent walk-through of our facility, I noticed that several of our vehicles had a number of things inside the vehicle; paperwork and clip boards on the dash, personal items in the front and backseat as well as unsecured GPS systems in some units.

Do you have a recommendation on what can and cannot be in the vehicle? I am primarily interested in the cab of our cars and pick-up trucks.

Thank you,
Terry R. – Safety Specialist

A. Thank you so much for the question this month Terry.

Each company must determine what is and what is not acceptable to be in the cab of a vehicle. However, we have heard from our clients on specific items that have caused issues in the past when unsecured.

Items such as laptop computers, umbrellas, water bottles, cups, cans and even groceries or a box of tissue paper can be dangerous. If “it” can “fly” the response should be to secure the item.

Each driver has an obligation to know and understand what hazards they may encounter when traveling. The best practice would always be that we secure loose items in the vehicle, trunk or SUV storage area.

Thank you

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