April Distracted Driving Month

April is Distracted Driving Month, dedicated to bringing awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3,142 lives were lost in 2019 due to damages caused by distracted driving. Keep reading to find out what it means to be distracted behind the wheel, the consequences it comes with, and how to remain safe on the road.

What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined as anything that takes your attention away from your vehicle or the road. Even if you think you are capable of doing something while driving, it can still be considered a distraction that puts you and everyone else on the road in danger.

– Looking at your phone for any reason, including for directions, texting, or calls
– Eating
– Talking to people in your vehicle
– Streaming videos
– Unrestrained pets
– Messing with radio or navigation system

Penalties for Commercial Truck Drivers
Drivers operating a commercial truck while distracted face significant penalties due to the increased risk that comes with large vehicles. If a truck driver is caught using a handheld device, they may face an initial fine of $2,750. Multiple infractions may cost a driver their qualifications to operate a commercial vehicle. The company that employs the driver can also face up to $11,000 in fines per incident.

Reinforcing Safe Driving Practices
The best way to reinforce safe driving is to continuously spread the word, both casually and formally. Companies that employ commercial drivers should consider creating a written manual that comprehensively explains mandatory safe driving practices as well as consequences for not complying. Additionally, it is helpful to periodically hold contractual seminars or courses to ensure effective communication and comprehension among workers.

If you are a truck driver or fleet owner, you should be highly concerned with the logistics and execution of transportation, a strong risk assessment and insurance partner is necessary to direct your business towards success. TCE experts will point out all of the potential issues that come in tandem with your trucking business and address them with the proper protection. For further information, contact TCE Insurance.