General: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more workers are killed every year in motor vehicle crashes than any other cause. Today, we are going to review how you can stay safe when behind the wheel – whether for work purposes or during your life outside of the workplace.
1. True or False? Distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.
The answer is true.
- Drunk driving and texting while driving are similar with both causing distractions and impaired driving.
- Drivers who text while behind the wheel have a 23% higher chance of causing a crash than a driver who is drunk.
- Research shows that drivers using cell phones while driving have a slower reaction time than drivers who have a 0.08 blood alcohol level.
2. According to the Department of Transportation, there are three main types of distractions while driving. They are:
- Manual: taking your hands off the steering wheel.
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
- Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.
3. True or False? Text messaging is banned for all drivers.
This is a tricky question. The answer is a little true and a little false.
- Text messaging while driving is banned in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Island.
- Even if texting is not banned in your state, it is still a smart idea to avoid texting while driving; whatever the text is, it can probably wait.
- If you simply can’t wait to read or send a text message, pull over to a safe location first before sending y
Texting and talking on a cell phone by a commercial motor vehicle driver is banned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations when a driver is behind the wheel of his/her vehicle and in motion.
4. What are some ways to ensure that you aren’t driving while distracted?
- Put your cell phone away when you get in your vehicle.
- Put your cell phone on silent when driving.
- Concentrate on the road.
- Don’t ride in a vehicle with someone who is using his/her cell phone to make calls, take calls, send texts, or receive texts.
- Let your family and friends know the importance of not driving while distracts.
5. True or False? It’s safer to use a hands-free device when driving than it is hold a phone to your ear.
The answer is False.
- Many people think it’s safer to use a hands-free device while driving since they are able to keep their hands on the steering wheel.
- However, when using a hands-free device, you are still going to experience some cognitive distractions.
- When you use a cell phone – either a regular hand-held phone or a hands-free device – you are unable to devote all of your attention to driving safely.
Summary: Always remember that safety starts with you. Don’t just think about your safety the next time you get behind the wheel. Your actions can have consequences for yourself and for everyone who shares the road with you. Don’t be distracted by technology when you are in the driver’s seat. Put the phone away and drive safely when you are behind the wheel.
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