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Driving any vehicle can present increased risk not only to the driver, but to any passengers, pedestrian, and community members.

  • Drivers and all passengers should wear their seat belts.
  • Mobile phones, or other electrical devices must be operated via a hands-free device – required by Virginia law as of July 1, 2014.  Any other use such as text messaging or emailing is prohibited while the vehicle is in drive and/or in motion.
  • Be careful in parking lots and parking garages – be aware of other moving and parked vehicles while pulling in or backing up. Be mindful of fixed objects such as poles, barriers, parking gates and walls.  Check the clearance requirements for vehicles in parking garages.
  • Don’t follow too closely – keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the car ahead.
  • Always use caution when changing lanes.  Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident.
  • Be extra careful in bad weather such as fog, heavy rain, snow or icy conditions.  Drive below the speed limit if necessary, maintain extra space between you and the car ahead and be careful around curves.


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The Commonwealth of Virginia has provided guidelines around University use of third party buses for transporting larger numbers of people. You can use this Blank Bus Use Agreement Form if this is something you are considering, and please reach out to Risk Management with any questions.