Safe Driving

Driving on state business

Employees must be authorized by their department head or supervisor. If an employee will drive on state business, an Authorization form (Form 2054-LSU) must be completed annually for the employee. According to State requirements, if serious citations on their driving record occur, the employee may not be authorized to drive. Safe Drivers Training must be completed to drive on state business. Employees should obey all traffic laws, understand that vehicle accidents require immediate reporting to the supervisor, and are responsible for addressing any traffic citations received while driving. Vehicle inspection logs need to be maintained.

15 Passenger Van Operation

Because a 15-passenger van is substantially longer and wider than a car, it:

  • Requires more space and additional reliance on
    the side-view mirrors for changing lanes
  • Does not respond as well to abrupt steering
    maneuvers
  • Requires additional braking time.

 

GOLF CARTS, Gators, etc.

From EHS website:

https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/ehs/safe-driving/

Utility Cart Safety

Utility Carts used on campus roadways must comply with rules of the general population of vehicles. Operators of these vehicles must obey all traffic laws and requirements of the State.

  1. Operators Shall have valid driver’s license,
  2. Operators Shall receive Annual Authorization to Drive a State vehicle on State Business
  3. Operators Shall receive Safe Driver Training (on-line safe driver’s course) every 3 years

 

{WARNING: Some utility carts when loaded with personnel, have a higher center of gravity, which may increase the likelihood of roll-over or loss of control while turning.}

    1. Vehicles shall be inspected prior to each use (Horn, lights, brakes, fuel level, tires)
    2. Seat Belts shall be worn by all occupants, when provided.
    3. When operating electric vehicles around pedestrians, utilize horn to warn pedestrians that you are approaching. Yield to pedestrians.
    4. Keep all hands, feet, legs, and other body parts within the cart
    5. Loads must not extend more than one foot from either the side or the front of a Utility Cart. Loads that extend more than three feet from the rear of the cart must be flagged with a brightly colored material
    6. Turn on headlights while driving to increase visibility to others
    7. Do not operate vehicles at night without proper headlights and tail-lights
    8. Avoid using vehicles on pedestrian sidewalks
      a) Do not exceed walking speed while on sidewalks
      b) Slow down and sound horn when approaching blind corners
    1. The capacity of the cart shall not be exceeded; the number passengers shall not exceed spaces available.
    2. Do Not Operate the Cart outside of LSU Property Boundaries.
    3. Carts shall not be modified unless the modification is approved by the manufacturer.
    4. HIGHLY Flammable Hydrogen gas is generated when re-charging batteries;
      a) Charge in ventilated areas
      b) Open Cab windows, doors, or canvas covers to ventilate cab while charging
      c) Eliminate sparks or ignition sources within 20 feet of charging station
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