Fleet managers should enforce a mandatory seat-belt policy.
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Fleet managers should enforce a mandatory seat-belt policy.

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New Hampshire's state motto, "Live Free or Die," certainly sums up the state's independent spirit that derives from favorite son and Revolutionary War General John Stark, who wrote the words as part of a toast on July 31, 1809.

The state stands alone in another respect. It's the only one of the 50 that hasn't adopted a mandatory seat-belt policy for adult drivers and passengers. The state does have a child safety law that covers drivers and passengers under the age of 18.

This kind of independent thinking isn't a good approach for commercial fleet managers and their safety policies, which should mandate that drivers always remain buckled up when operating a company vehicle. While it's a relatively simple reminder, seat-belt use should be strongly emphasized as a way to keep the employee driver safe and limit liability.

Seat Belt Ergonomics

Fleet drivers come in all shapes and sizes, while vehicle seat belts often come in a single size. That's why its important for drivers to test out the seat belt to make sure it's the right size. For smaller- or larger-frame drivers, an aftermarket restraint or extender may be a good choice to reduce discomfort.

And, of course, drivers should always wear the seat belt correctly. After securing the three-point harness, place the lap belt on the pelvis area not the stomach. Any pregnant female drivers should be sure to wear the belt below their belly. Make sure the shoulder belt isn't rubbing against your neck, and don't flip the shoulder belt behind their back or under an arm.

Watch the full Howcast video about seat-belt safety.