It is not uncommon for a congregation to own one or
more vehicles. The vehicles provide access to new
experiences, outreach opportunities and much
more. However, they also provide an increased risk and
responsibility on behalf of the church. This month is
driver safety month and we encourage you to brush up on your
vehicle and driver safety procedures and
- Establish a reasonable list
of properly trained, licensed and experienced drivers.
- Provide and maintain a
complete and current list of drivers and driver
information. Communicate all changes to your insurance
- Pursue and require
compliance with all insurance guidelines, license
- Inspect vehicles using a
checklist before and after each trip.
- Maintain vehicles according
to the guidelines established by the manufacturer.
- Understand the extra care
and consideration required for 15-passenger vans and
buses. These vehicles can be inherently dangerous and
difficult to operate, especially for the
inexperienced. Your carrier may have special
operational requirements and restrictions for these
following these basic and common sense steps, our churches can
further protect themselves and their members.
- Hold mandatory vehicle
safety and training meetings for all approved drivers.
- Review the requirements to
be a safe volunteer driver.
- Educate drivers on
everything from conservative driving skills to how to change