Distracted Driving and Truck Drivers

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Distracted Driving and Truck Drivers

distracted-driving-truck-driversDistracted driving and truck drivers go together because awareness and avoidance will bring increased safety. Truck drivers must avoid distracted driving, but they also need to be on the lookout for other drivers who may be distracted.

Every moment during the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Today, there are more drivers on the nation’s highways than ever before. With increased congestion, distracted driving is an even greater concern.

Some types of distractions include:

  • Phones (calls & texting)
  • GPS Devices
  • Passengers
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Outside Distractions

No matter what your driving scenario is, it is important to always keep your eyes and hands focused on the road.

Cell phones account for a large number of distractions and accidents. Not only are they unsafe to operate as we drive, but it is a federal regulation that commercial truck drivers cannot use a hand held phone while driving.

Never text while driving, it is against the law, takes your eyes off the road, and disengages you from driving the vehicle.

Distractions such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting with the use of hand-held phones, and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)

Avoid eating or drinking while driving. Instead, keep your hands on the wheel at all times.

Don’t try to set GPS directions while driving. Make sure to set your destination before you depart.

Scenery and passengers may make your drive more interesting, however if you lose your focus or take your eyes off the road you are putting yourself and others at risk.

Distracted driving contributed to approximately 424,000 injured people in 2013, which was an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012. (

By eliminating distractions from your driving, you will be a safer driver, more aware of other drivers who may be distracted, and help to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with distracted driving.

Posted by intd on February 24, 2016 |