Friday, April 12, 2013

Carwash Driving Tips

It’s time to remind everyone that customers and employees face a huge risk every day from cars at and around the wash. The following are a few tips that may help mitigate the chances that someone will be injured or worst, killed!

Driver Training 101
Assign Driver Safety Manager
·         Have written Safety Procedures
·         Provide a Designated Driver Job Description
·         Routine Onsite Designated Driver Training
·         Regular Driver Safety Meetings
·         Exterior Wash Customer Driving Safety
·         Regular updates on vehicle technological changes 
Exterior wash customer driving Safety
Keep drying areas left or right of tunnel exit
Visual directional signage is VERY IMPORTANT!
Utilize whenever possible:
·         Stop & Go Lights
·         Directional Arrow
·         Signage directing customer’s to apply BRAKE before shifting and exiting the tunnel
·         Traffic Barriers
·         Train employees on how to use hand signals for guiding vehicles on the conveyor & pointing to instructional signage
·         Employee guiding cars on conveyor should wear reflective gloves
·         Employees walking on the property should  wear reflective vests
(this is particularly important at an express exterior model)
Full Serve Conveyor Exit area Safety
·         Keep towel drying areas left or right of tunnel exit
·         Establish designated pedestrian waiting areas
·         Establish safe pedestrian patterns 

Utilize the following:
·         Cones
·         Barriers
·         Bollards
·         Sand Barrels
·         Directional signage
·         Caution signs for pedestrian traffic
Moral of the Story
Driving at most washes is hazardous to employees and customers. Where there are vehicles, people walking, and locations that often have a tight turning radius, anything can happen!
Be Prepared.
Washing safely means bigger profits, healthy employees and happy customers! 
Email us what you’re doing or visit us
 at the car wash show in Vegas and tell us in person!!
We’re greeting everyone at booth 443.