While driving distractions continue to be a problem for everyone operating all manner of motor vehicles, the severity of potential injuries significantly increases when a truck is involved. Due to their greater mass, trucks are more likely to demolish smaller vehicles and cause catastrophic. Truck driers must pay special attention to the road and exercise caution when behind the wheel.
What can be done to avoid distractions?
From eating to talking o a cell phone, truck drivers are prone to alleviate the boredom of a long shift. Unfortunately, any action that takes the eyes, hands or mental focus away from the road is a distraction – and potentially deadly.
Truck drivers can follow these five tips to minimize their distractions:
- Avoid multi-tasking: While the idea is tempting, being behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler is no time to attempt to accomplish numerous tasks. Focus on the road rather than trying to maximize your time.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving: While some form of snacking might be a necessity, truckers become preoccupied with meals. Additionally, something as simple as drinking might require extra steps – removing the cap from a soda bottle, stirring coffee, adding lemon to tea – and, therefore, pull a driver’s focus away from the task at hand.
- Don’t use a phone while driving: In the modern era, cell phones can be used for anything from watching a movie to ordering dinner from a to-go restaurant. Of course, you might even use a cell phone to make a call! Unfortunately, these activities pull focus – and vision – away from the road. Any cell phone use while behind the wheel should be avoided at all costs.
- Store gear properly: Keeping your cab clean and organized is a way to avoid distractions. From having loose items rolling around the footwells, to wondering what is making that strange sound behind your seat, these items can cause numerous distractions.
- Groom at home: Men and women both are guilty of personal grooming while behind the wheel. From women applying makeup to men shaving while driving, truckers are better to save these activities for when they are safely off the road.
Along with other motorists, truckers bear the responsibility of keeping the roads safe. Whether on city streets, county roads or highways, distracted driving is responsible for thousands of deaths year after year.