April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Join the National Safety Council during the month of April to help make our roadways and our people safer. Whether you’re driving a fire truck, patrol car, dump truck, or just headed home after work, attentive driving is more important than ever.
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Having the Difficult Conversations
The use of electronic devices behind the wheel is all too common these days. In fact, many of these devices are being built into our vehicles, making them very tempting to use. However, they are also extremely dangerous – even if you’re using them hands-free. While you may understand the danger these devices pose and avoid using them yourself while driving, you’ve probably been in a vehicle with another person who has driven distracted. Did you say anything?
We’ve all been in one of the following scenarios where we weren’t sure what to say in order to preserve our safety and the safety of those around us. It’s your right to get to where you’re going safely.
Distracted Driving Costs
Consider the financial impact a distracted driving incident could have on your organization.
Tips for Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving
Tips to Avoid Aggressive Driving
Research also indicates that aggressive driving on your part or by other drivers can be distracting because it takes your mind away from driving. The following tips can help you avoid being an aggressive driver:
The Problem is Everywhere, But So Is the Solution
How prevalent is distracted driving? Take a look for yourself. You’ll see drivers on their phones. You’ll see them attending to children in the back seat. You’ll see them checking directions on their GPS devices. You’ll catch them eating. You’ll see them daydreaming. But don’t take too long to look, because that would make you a distracted driver as well. Distracted driving is a bad habit many drivers have developed, and the best way to put the brake on it is through continued driver education and monitoring.
National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – Distracted Driving Awareness
Most drivers spend less than 1% of their driving time in reverse, yet national statistics indicate that about one-quarter of all collisions occur while backing. Backing incident rates are even higher among public sector drivers, accounting for over 50% of all on-the-job vehicle collisions. Though backing incidents often occur at low speeds, collisions while driving in reverse can result in severe and fatal injuries. Nationally, back over incidents kill an estimated 200 people annually and injure more than 12,000. Backing carries its own set of driving risks.
Drivers' poor techniques cause most backing accidents. Limited vision out of back windows or around long truck beds and equipment bodies can result in drivers not seeing other vehicles, obstacles, coworkers, or pedestrians. Whether in a parking lot, on the road, or at a construction site, workers who learn the proper steps to driving in reverse can help prevent backing accidents.
Safe Parking Tips
Encourage drivers to avoid backing a vehicle unless necessary. Use these added safety tips when parking.
Other Backing Safety Guidelines
Most drivers back infrequently and, therefore, lack a high level of confidence in doing it. For drivers who are unsure of their backing ability, take the time to practice. Set up some cones to back around or find an empty parking lot to learn how to back into stalls. Get to know your vehicle and its blind spots. Use the following backing tips to reduce and prevent crashes:
Backing Large Vehicles or Vehicles with Trailers
Vehicle backing is particularly dangerous in workplace settings. Large vehicles, such as semi-trucks, construction vehicles, and vehicles equipped with trailers, present more severe backing hazards. These vehicles have significantly larger blind spots than standard vehicles and, if hauling a trailer, pivot in the opposite direction when backing. Practice and proper backing safety training can reduce the chances of collisions and save companies millions of dollars in damages, lawsuits, and insurance costs.
In addition to the steps mentioned above, the following tips can provide extra safety when backing large vehicles and vehicles with trailers.