The University of Washington: Facilities Services

Driving Safe On Campus


Fleet Services vehicles are a reflection of the University, therefore, our vehicles should be driven in a way that represents the UW in a positive and safe manner. For our drivers this means extending that extra courtesy to other vehicles and pedestrians, following the rules of the road, and most importantly being safe.

 Per Elena Fox from U-PASS ... “When you take the wheel on or near campus, you owe it to yourself to raise your level of vigilance. Do everything a little more deliberately. Avoid talking on the phone while you are driving—it’s an obvious invitation to disaster. Recognize certain ‘hot spots’ that should make you sit up straight, face front, turn down the radio, put animated conversation on hold, and expect the unexpected. Such high-risk zones include:
- Most of Stevens Way (the street has 41 crosswalks in just over 1 mile!)
- Intersections with the Burke Gilman Trail
- Any place where busses stop to pick up and drop off passengers
You’ve accepted responsibility for safely directing the course of a 3000 lb vehicle—take the time to Look Up!”

We all know what it’s like to drive on campus once a class lets out. There are many pedestrians on the sidewalks and roads and we need to keep in mind that this campus is meant for pedestrians, not vehicles. Slow down and always give the pedestrian the right-of-way. Vehicles must remain on paved roads and paths and absolutely avoid taking short cuts through grass, gravel, and other inappropriate driving areas. Drivers must operate equipment at a safe speed for roadway conditions. When driving on pathways, a good "rule of thumb" is to drive at a fast walking pace. 

Fleet Services offers resources to keep our drivers safe. We have online articles and tips on safe driving on our safety resource page. We also have two safe driving videos available for check out as well as an online video from the Washington State. Please visit our website to access these resources at:  www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/fleetservices/resource.html

While we hope to have as few accidents as possible, the reality is that with over 600 vehicles in Fleet Services, accidents are bound to happen. Fortunately the incidents that occur are generally small and can usually be prevented by slowing down and double checking your surroundings before backing up. As accidents do occur, it is important for Fleet Services to keep track of these incidents. All incidents, no matter how minor must be reported to Fleet Services. An SF [write out what SF stands for] 137 form (?) must be filled out within 24 hours of the incident. These forms should be in the glove box of all Fleet Services vehicles or may be downloaded from our web page.