COVID-19 has presented many challenges to volunteer organizations, especially those that offer transportation services to clients. Protecting the elderly is challenging any time of the year, but keeping them safe this past year and a half has been even more difficult.
Challenges Faced by Volunteer Drivers During COVID-19
As the director of a volunteer organization, your top priority is to keep your clients and volunteers safe. During the pandemic, however, you’ve had to take additional precautions. Following the CDC guidelines meant wearing masks, sanitizing hands and surfaces frequently and making sure volunteers are told to stay home and get tested if they show symptoms of illness.
Now that vaccines are available, the tension has eased a bit. Companies have found, however, that drivers developed some bad habits during this difficult time. Because so many people have been working remotely, they feel that they must be on-call at all times. If your volunteer drivers work in an additional paid job, they can easily become distracted by texts and phone calls.
Refresher Training for Volunteer Drivers
Be proactive by providing an online vehicle safety instruction program for your volunteers. These programs are designed to remind drivers of the importance of maintaining safe driving techniques, especially when transporting passengers. Choose a program that is self-paced to reduce stress.
Keep your workers and clients safe no matter the challenges you face.