What To Know if Your Organization Uses Volunteer Drivers

What To Know if Your Organization Uses Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer Drivers

Motor vehicle accidents can create a liability nightmare for a nonprofit organization. The use of volunteers in driving positions is a valuable asset that helps many organizations achieve their mission while keeping overhead costs under control. It can also increase the chances that an accident will occur and that your organization is left exposed to risks associated with them. However, those risks shouldn’t eliminate the use of volunteer drivers within the nonprofit sphere. Keeping a few things in mind can help you mitigate risks while also moving your mission forward.

Managing Risks Associated With Volunteers as Drivers

One major accident can quickly add up in property damage and medical costs. If individual drivers have insurance coverage limits that are insufficient to cover those costs, your organization may be responsible for them. Luckily, there are things you can do to manage risks associated with using volunteers for driving tasks. Some examples include:

  • Review driving histories and vehicle records for all volunteers who will be driving
  • Properly train all drivers on how to operate specialized mobility aids or safety equipment required by clients
  • Establish a required minimum limit for liability and property damage coverage
  • Assign a supervisor to oversee the records, training, and activities of all drivers
  • Review business insurance and adjust coverage as needed

While using volunteer drivers can increase organizational risks, it also helps keep payroll and other overhead costs down. You can manage those risks by implementing appropriate safety programs, conducting screenings, and carrying the right insurance coverage.