This blog recently discussed that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, while also reviewing the serious dangers of distracted driving. Distracted Driving Awareness Month began in 2014 when the United States Department of Transportation noticed an increase in distracted driving-related accidents. Distracted driving can also cause truck accidents, which makes truck driver safety another point of concern. A variety of safety tips can help truck drivers keep those they share the roadways with safe.
One professional truck driver notes that distracted driving is the biggest threat to safety on the roadways. Putting the phone down, however, can eliminate that type of driver distraction. Another tip is to store the phone away while driving in a location that will not create temptation to use it or look at it while driving. Additionally, it is important to never text while driving. A single word text removes the driver’s eyes from the roadway for 5 second which, while traveling at 60 mph, is enough time to travel the distance of a football field.
It is also important not to multitask while driving and to focus on the task of driving once the driver gets in the car. This means avoiding driving while fatigued, eating or grooming. Distracted driving can also include operating a radio or navigation device while driving. Just as it is important to store a cell phone while driving, other items should also be properly secured in the vehicle to avoid an untimely spill or an item interfering with the driver’s area of the car.
A truck accident can be devastating for victims and their families, which is why it is important for truck drivers to avoid distracted driving. When victims have been harmed, it is also important for them to be familiar with the resources available for the recovery and of damages suffered.
Source: Today’s Trucking, “TIPS: April marks Distracted Driver Awareness Month,” April 4, 2016