Posted January 6, 2015 by Administrator
Commercial drivers know that distractions while driving increase the likelihood of an accident. But many overlook some of the more mundane distractions they might encounter while on the road. Additionally, specific distractions now carry substantially increased fines and penalties in many states, with more on the way. Avoiding accidents, as well as large fines and court appearances, may mean redifining what operators consider distracting. These distractions include:
- Eating – requires operators to remove one hand from the wheel, and usually to make eye contact with the food, shifting visual focus away from the road.
- Drinking – requires operators to remove one hand from the wheel. Additionally, beverages can be hotter or colder than expected, or spill, any of which can cause significant distraction.
- Radio – audio entertainment and/or nonessential communications should be minimized, so as to maintain focus on the roadway conditions, traffic, etc.
- Texting – highly visually distracting, and now carries heavy fines and penalties in many states, including mandatory court appearance.
- Navigation System – adjusting navigational information can draw one’s attention away from the road for far too long – pull over to make changes to your navigation.
- Cell Phones – talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device means one hand off the wheel and/or the abnormal positioning of other body parts (chin on shoulder, knee on wheel, etc) which can lead to significant and unnecessary risk.
To learn more about reducing driver distractions in your fleet, contact us.