Valuable Information to Help You Protect Your Ministry
When it comes to vehicle inspections most of us are doing good to keep the gas tank filled and the oil changed only a few hundred miles after the yellow light comes on. Most Churches find that with their never ending to do lists that automobiles typically are on the bottom. If it starts, there isn't a problem! Personally I'm guilty of rarely washing my car. I depend on the rain to keep it clean! However, as a Ministry there are several important reasons why vehicles inspections should become part of your regular routine.
Safety is obviously a main concern. You want to make sure the vehicle is in good working order before loading it up with passengers. Another concern is liability. Imagine your church van was involved in a serious accident which includes severe injuries and a fatality. Due to the nature of the accident several lawsuits are filed against the church. Lawyers are going to go over every detail with a fine tooth comb to try and prove that your ministry was negligent in a multitude of areas aside from the accident. Did you do driver training? Was a vehicle inspection done prior to driving? If your answer is no, you are negligent.
So how do you incorporate vehicle inspections into your Ministry? Simple. You create a routine. They say something needs to be done consistently for twenty-one days before it becomes a habit, and I am all about self improvement! In our Risk Management Document Library we have a Vehicle Self Inspection Form. We recommend you download and print up several copies to keep on a clipboard or in a notebook in each of your church vehicles. Before any of your driver's take a vehicle out, they need to do a quick inspection, just like they do when you rent a car. Only this time you're not on the defense pointing out that dent was there before you left the lot in your economy priced clown car.
Why is this important? As we've said in the past, it's all about documentation. If a lawyer is claiming negligence you now have a history of documentation showing that you inspect the vehicle on a regular basis. You've done what the law considers a reasonable person would do. If you haven't yet completed driver training, please check out this blog post. Driver Training
A few minutes of effort could make all the difference to your ministry.
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