Distracted driving is a serious problem that affects everyone on the road, resulting in numerous accidents and fatalities every year. With the rise in technology and the increasing use of smartphones, the issue of distracted driving has become more pronounced. In this blog post, we will discuss what constitutes distracted driving, the dangers associated with it, and what we do at Mosaic Global Transportation to train our drivers to avoid distracted driving.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the road. This can include texting, talking on the phone, eating or drinking, putting on makeup, adjusting the radio, and even daydreaming. Distractions can be visual, manual, or cognitive, meaning they take your eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving.
The dangers of distracted driving can be fatal. Since 2010, most commercial transportation companies have adapted a no nonsense policy concerning these situations. Distracted driving significantly increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous since it combines all three types of distractions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol! It is also estimated that drivers who are texting are more likely to be involved in a collision than those who are drunk.
How to avoid distracted driving
To avoid distracted driving, it is essential to focus on the road and eliminate any potential distractions. Here are some tips to stay safe on the road:
- Put your phone away: Avoid using your phone while driving. If you need to take a call, use a hands-free device, and keep the conversation brief.
- Avoid eating and drinking while driving: Eating and drinking while driving can take your hands off the wheel and divert your attention from the road.
- Plan ahead: Plan your route and adjust your GPS or navigation system before you begin driving.
- Take breaks: If you are feeling tired or overwhelmed, take a break to refresh yourself. This will help you avoid distractions and stay focused on the road.
In conclusion, distracted driving is a significant issue that needs to be taken seriously. By following the tips above and staying focused on the road, we can reduce the number of accidents and fatalities caused by distracted driving. Remember, no text, phone call, or other activity is worth risking your life or the lives of our clients & others on the road.
Stay safe, stay focused, and be diligent while driving.