Keep Your Head, Hands and Eyes in the Game

distracted driver

Distracted driving includes anything that takes your mind, hands or eyes off the task at hand.

A mechanic was driving highway speed during daylight hours. He did not notice that the semi-trailer in front of him slowed down due to traffic congestion. The mechanic rear-ended the semi-trailer. Though the mechanic was wearing his seat belt, he did not survive the accident. The police report showed that the mechanic sent several voice/text messages before the accident. In fact, he was in the process of sending a message when the accident happened.

Traffic accidents are the leading causes of workplace fatalities not only in Texas but also across the country. Accidents such as the one described here could have been avoided if drivers were not distracted.

Drivers are 23 times more likely to have accidents if they text while driving. But distracted driving is not limited to cell phone use. It includes anything that takes your mind, hands or eyes off the task at hand.

Texas Mutual encourages employers to adopt and enforce safe-driving policies that prohibit common distractions:

  • Using the phone. If you have to speak with someone, pull over to a safe spot and call the person back. This policy also applies to hands-free devices.
  • Searching for CDs, adjusting radios or MP3 players, and changing the temperature. Instead, wait until you come to a stop sign or red light.
  • Putting on makeup, combing your hair, shaving and doing other grooming-related tasks.
  • Watching accidents, construction or other things going on outside the vehicle.
  • Eating, especially packages that are difficult to open and foods that might spill.
  • Reading newspapers, magazines, books and maps.
  • Smoking.
  • Working on a laptop or making notes.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Safety Council declared April National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As part of the event, NSC encourages everyone to take its cell-free driving pledge. It also offers free posters and other materials on its website.

You can also visit the federal government’s website for free information and resources.

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