According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), distracted driving causes four out of five car accidents. And since the NHTSA estimates that drivers are distracted about 30 percent of the time, it’s clearly a dangerous situation that deserves attention.
As a professional Millis Transfer truck driver, you make your living behind the wheel. It’s up to you to learn how to avoid distracted driving situations so you can keep your eyes on the road at all times. Here are the top truck driver tips for driving distraction free.
- Use a hands-free device for making calls: Using a cell phone is both a visual and cognitive distraction. That’s why staying off the phone entirely is your best option. However, if you must place a call, use a hands-free device so you can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
- End conversations during hazardous conditions: Tell whomever is on the other line you need to go when entering a construction zone or bad weather conditions. You need to be extra alert in these situations, which is not conducive to holding a distracting phone conversation.
- Never text and drive: Texting behind the wheel makes you 23 times more likely to get in an accident. If you are caught texting and driving a commercial motor vehicle, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) states you could be subject to penalties up to $2,750 and disqualifications for multiple offenses.
- Never take notes or look up numbers while driving: These actions distract you both visually and cognitively, making them inappropriate activities while driving.
- Don’t snack and drive: If you get hungry, pull over to enjoy those burgers and fries.
- Don’t watch videos while driving: It may seem like common sense, but more drivers than you might think find a show on their smartphone, prop it up on the dash and watch it in the background as they drive; this is very unsafe and should never happen!
For more truck driver tips for staying distraction free behind the wheel, visit DMV.org. If you have what it takes to live the exciting life of a truck driver, Millis Transfer is here to help you have a long, healthy and successful career. To learn more about how to become a paid tourist, call (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.mtidriving.com.
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