As children get older they often have many after school commitments with sports, music, artistic interests and tutoring. In order to accommodate this busy schedule many parents find it necessary to hire a nanny who can drive. Driving can be a stressful and complicated task. When children are passengers the dynamic in the car changes dramatically.
Before you hire a nanny who will drive your children there are some important facts you should know about.
Recent studies have shown:
• Driving with children is up to 12x more distracting than using a cell phone while driving
• The average driver with children in the back of a vehicle takes their eyes off the road for more than 3 minutes of an 16 minute journey!
Another big factor when allowing a nanny to drive your children is trust. Do you feel confident they are capable and could handle a potential emergency? Will she drive safely and use car seats and boaster seats properly?
The following suggestions may be helpful when screening a nanny to drive your children
Check Your Nanny’s Driving Record
At Optimum we require every nanny who will be driving on the job to get a Drivers Abstract from ICBC. She simply has to call her local ICBC office and ask them to fax or email it. There is no charge for this service. The abstract outlines the driver’s history including points and at fault accidents
Ask Employment References
When we check references on a driving nanny we always ask if she was required to drive the employer’s children. Were there any issues or concerns with her driving ability? Was she a safe driver?
Make Sure the Car is Safe
Sometimes a nanny is required to use her own car to drive children for her job. If this is the case, it’s important to ensure the car is safe, well maintained and practical for the purpose of transporting children.
Do Your Own Driving test
We always recommend that parents go for a drive with their new nanny before she drives their children. It’s best to do this in the vehicle she will be driving and without children present.
As well as the above it is important to ensure your insurance covers your nanny if she is using your car or she has the correct insurance for her vehicle if she is required to use it. When creating an employment contract make sure to discuss a car allowance for gas and usage. We recommend a flat rate that is given to your nanny separate from her salary