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Frequently Asked Questions - Automobile


1) Personal Vehicles:

If I use my personal vehicle for University business, does the University provide any insurance if my vehicle is damaged?

Use of personal vehicles for University business is strongly discouraged because the University's automobile insurance program does not provide physical damage (collision or comprehensive) coverage for any damage sustained to an employees' personal vehicle. The employee is also responsible for any deductible and premium increase as a result of any accident.


When using a personal vehicle on University business, the owner of the vehicle must carry automobile liability insurance. The owner's automobile liability insurance coverage is primary coverage. The University's automobile liability insurance policy provides excess coverage only.


Please refer to University Policy 05-07-01 for additional information and clarification.


2) Where can I receive training for Driver Safety?

If you will be driving on University business, you should be prepared for unexpected events like accidents and other emergencies. One place you and your department can receive such training from the University is through United Educator's online training course entitled "Driver Safety Training". Learn how to be safer on the road through proper preparation, minor adjustments to driving habits, and elimination of distractions.


This Driver Safety Online training course takes approximately 75 minutes to complete. To access, click this Driver Safety Training link. Create a new account using registration code: 0987-UN37-XY12. Fill in the “Employee ID” Optional Field by using your 2P Number. Your 2P Number is on your University ID Card; use only 2P and the first nine digits (Example: ID Card Number is 2P000123456789H so you enter 2P000123456 as your Employee ID when you create your account).


3) What are the University's guidelines on cell phone use while driving?

It is illegal in Pennsylvania to use your cell phone while driving to send or receive texts, emails, or messages of any kind. Further, it is strongly recommended that you not make or receive phone calls for any reason while driving. Let your incoming call go into voice mail or wait to make a call until your trip is finished or you can pull over to stop in a safe place. Operating a motor vehicle requires the driver's constant attention. Anything that distracts the driver dramatically increases the risk of an accident.