When you plan a mission trip, an outing to a convention, concert or speaking event on behalf of your church, there are several things you must consider. In Church Executive, Eric Spacek suggests five questions that you should answer.
Does your church have a transportation policy?
If not it is time to create one, and if so it may be time to assess it. For example, is there a group or a person responsible for your church’s written transportation policy, and has your insurance agent reviewed it?
Have you screened your drivers?
You should request a criminal/motor records report for all drivers to see if they have a good safety record. Get permission from the driver by having them sign the request.
Is the vehicle properly equipped?
Insure that the vehicle has adequate safety equipment and supplies. This can help minimize dangers and help treat injuries quickly if they occur. The author provides a list of items to consider for your safety kit.
Has a vehicle inspection been performed?
Before each trip inspect the vehicle to assure that it is in working order. The author provides an inspection checklist.
Are your passengers aware of the vehicle rules?
Each year distracted driving is responsible for thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries on our highways. Ask every passenger to read and sign a trip safety rules agreement.
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