- Thousands of freeway and off-road miles are put on vehicles at camp each summer. Drivers have a great responsibility and must be extremely vigilant and careful – the lives of all of passengers, members of the caravan, and the public at large are in their hands.
Associated Safety Hazards
- Driver-related hazards are significant and include fatigue, distractions, and inattention during driving.
- Car-person collisions are a serious hazard during activities that require work along busy roadways.
- Flat tires introduce significant hazards associated with both the operation of a moving vehicle and roadside repairs.
Mitigation of Hazards
- All participants must pay careful attention to safety briefings by the instructors. It is your responsibility to be fully informed of potentially hazardous conditions associated with use of vehicles.
- Passengers must never do anything to interfere with the driver's ability to operate the vehicle safely.
- Passengers riding shotgun should never sleep and should help keep drivers awake and aware.
- Personnel driving university vehicles must first satisfy all the driver requirements outlined by their home university. Additional defensive driver training is strongly recommended.
- Before driving, drivers should take whatever time needed to familiarize themselves with their vehicle and routes.
- Participants must wear high-visibility clothing (and/or safety vests if provided) when working along roadways and bike trails.
- Read, understand, and follow the procedures in the Guidelines for Driving University Vehicles.
Guidelines for Driving University Vehicles
The following guidelines regarding the use of university vehicles must be read, understand, and followed at all times:
For All Vehicle Occupants
- University vehicles include "any vehicle owned, rented, leased, or otherwise provided to affiliates of a university participating in the Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp for use in conducting official business."
- Safety restraints (seat belts, both lap and shoulder) must be worn by everyone whenever a vehicle is in motion.
- Keep Vehicles Clean. Regularly remove trash. Loose bottles, rocks and materials on the floor are significant hazards to safe vehicle operation. Whenever possible, maintain the drivers ability to see out of the rear window when packing the vehicles.
- Hazardous materials (e.g. flammables, corrosives, explosives, compressed gases, etc.) must not be transported in a university vehicle unless they have been packaged as prescribed by applicable state and federal regulations. The driver must be informed before the hazardous material is loaded for transport.
- Alcohol consumption in any university vehicle is strictly prohibited.
- Authorized drivers are individuals cleared to drive specified vehicles by a university’s department of risk management. Drivers must immediately inform field camp and their home university if they receive a suspension, probation, cancellation, or disqualification of his/her driver's license.
- Authorized drivers are subject to all traffic laws and are financially responsible for any traffic citations. In addition to posted limits, drivers must operate at speeds suitable for vehicle, road, traffic, and weather conditions. Where vision is restricted, drivers must slow to a speed that will permit the safe negotiation of curves, hills, or intersections.
- Driver fatigue is a leading cause of fatal accidents. Requests for breaks or driver swaps have priority over any itinerary.
- Keep to the right on highways. Do not linger in the fast lane – use it only to pass.
Caravan Driving is among the most dangerous activity at camp. To help mitigate this hazard, please follow these guidelines:
- Do not pass the lead vehicle. Unless safety dictates otherwise, maintain your position in the line of vehicles.
- Do not worry about “keeping up” with the vehicle ahead of you – instead, slow your vehicle to maintain visual contact with the vehicle behind you.
- Avoid distractions. The use of cellular telephones and iPods, etc. while driving are not permitted (even with a “hands-free” device), except in immediate emergency situations. The person sitting in the “shotgun” seat should assist drivers with these functions.
- Drivers are responsible for thoroughly inspecting their vehicle prior to initial use and regularly thereafter for unsafe conditions (lights, brakes, windshield wipers, windshield washer fluid) or damage. Drivers must immediately report vehicles that are damaged or in an unsafe condition.
- If you experience a flat tire or other vehicle malfunction that requires leaving the roadway, pull to the right shoulder – never stop in the center median. Carefully pull off as far as possible, but do not go over the shoulder. If possible, park on a hard (paved) surface.
- Accidents involving any vehicle (university or private) during field camp must be reported according to relevant accident reporting guidelines. The camp director must be notified immediately.
- Use of university vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs that may impair the ability of the driver) is prohibited.