Every year, thousands of people are killed by distracted driving.
Of course, some distractions are unavoidable. Anything can happen on the road. But many of the collisions caused by distracted driving could be prevented with better driving practices. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 650,000 drivers are using their cell phones while driving at any given time in the United States. There’s no reason for that.
To help your drivers stay focused and avoid accidents, share these seven tips to prevent road collisions with them:
#1 Avoid Multitasking
The consequences of multitasking while driving can be severe. So, your drivers should have everything important in place before they take off on their route for the day. They should keep their toll money or EZ-pass where they can easily reach it and place their coffee in the cup holder where it belongs. The more organized your drivers are, the less they’ll need to take their eyes off the road to search for things.
#2 When You Use A Phone, Use A Smartphone
Your drivers can’t just turn off their phones if they’re using a route planner app. But smartphones have tons of features that will block out potential distractions from a phone. They can hold calls, disable texting while driving, send automated text responses, and more.
Also, by adopting route optimization software, your drivers won’t have any need to call or text their dispatcher while they’re driving. They’ll have accurate, up-to-date directions, so they’ll know where they’re going without any help. And with GPS tracking, your dispatchers won’t have any need to call or text your drivers, as they can check on vehicle locations themselves.
#3 Avoid Using Bluetooth Or Voice Commands
It’s true that Bluetooth and voice commands allow your drivers to keep both hands on the wheel, but these technologies still distract them from the act of driving. They should only be used when absolutely necessary.
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#4 Don’t Get Into Serious Discussions While Driving
Driving (not talking) is the priority on the road. To ensure driver safety, it’s important that your drivers don’t get into any serious conversations or think stressful thoughts while they’re driving. Unless it’s an emergency, they should postpone such discussions until they’re no longer driving. No matter what the conversation is about, it’s not worth risking their lives or the lives of others.
#5 Driving Time Is Quiet Time
Music and talk radio are distracting. They should be turned off when your driver is on the job. Then they’ll have an easier time finding the right exit or concentrating on merging, as they’ll be 100% focused on the road.
#6 No Grooming In The Car
Your drivers should look clean and professional, since that’s the image your want to project for your company. But they must never get dressed, shave, or fix their hair while they’re driving. Those grooming activities should be done at home.
#7 Don’t Eat And Drive
It may seem more innocent, but eating while driving can be just as dangerous as texting while driving.
There are a million things that can go wrong when your drivers eat and drive. For one thing, they won’t be able to keep both hands on the wheel. That can lead to an accident. A driver could also spill food on themselves, and their reaction to that could cause them to veer out of their lane or even off the road. Food should always be consumed either before or after a trip, never during.
So, what did you think of this article? Do you have any advice to add to our safe driving tips? Please let us know in the comments section below.
Finally, answering these three questions correctly will confirm that you know what you need to tell your drivers to help them avoid distractions:
- Why should your drivers avoid using a phone while driving?
- How does using smartphones while driving help prevent injury or loss of life?
- How can a route planner help you stop your drivers from texting?