Having your nanny drive the children to and from activities will free you up for work or other obligations. When the nanny is safe and professional in her driving duties, it can be a win-win situation. Decisions about driving responsibilities, such as whose vehicle is used and safety plans, should be made before the nanny begins driving responsibilities.
1. Vehicle Decisions
The best vehicle decision is to have the nanny use a vehicle you own to transport your children, rather than have her use her own car. You have no control over the mechanical soundness of the nanny's car, nor will it be easy to be certain she maintains proper insurance coverage. In addition, she will either need to have her car equipped with car seats, or be able to move the ones from your vehicle back and forth as needed. Providing transportation for her to use allows you to be sure maintenance, such as brake and tire changes, is regularly performed. It also reduces the chance of improperly installed car seats, as you install them yourself and they remain in place. Finally, you will know insurance always covers the car, because it will be your insurance policy involved. You need to tell your insurance company the nanny is transporting your children so the company can add her as an additional driver to your policy.
2. Motor Vehicle Records
You should run a driving record check on any nanny you consider hiring for the position. Your insurance company can get a copy of her driving record if she provides you with her name, driver's license number and birth date. If she is going to use her own car, ask her to give you a copy of her driving record for the past three years. Also checking her record every six months ensures she does not keep you from finding out that she has piled-up traffic violations.
3. Cash and Responsibilities
A small petty cash fund for her use will help her do her job effectively. Cash for toll booths and fuel should be at her disposal. In addition, write up a contract that makes the nanny responsible for any deductible if she gets into an accident with your car. All traffic and parking tickets should be her responsibility. Agreements about mileage should also be made before she starts driving your children to activities. Obviously, she may need to stop at a store or run other errands for you while she is out with the children in the car, but setting a weekly mileage cap will reduce unnecessary driving on her part. Make sure she understands that she is not to have the vehicle in motion until everyone in the car is wearing a seat belt or properly secured in a car seat.
4. Outside of the Driving
Several additional steps should be taken before hiring a nanny to drive your children to activities. A criminal background check is essential before offering her the job. Ask her for a copy of her drivers license to be sure she has given you her true legal name. Have her spend time with the children in your presence to see how she gets along with them. Ask her questions about how she disciplines. Use specific role-playing scenarios to see how she handles them.
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