Driving a truck requires not only skill, but concentration as well. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of automobile accidents across the United States. As a trucker, it’s important to recognize possible distractions in your cab and how to minimize them. Federal regulations prohibit texting and limit mobile phone use for voice communication to protect you and others while you are operating your truck.

Safety Issues

Numerous studies have shown that distracted driving causes both accidents and near-accidents. Truck drivers involved in either reading or sending texts are approximately 23 times more likely to experience a crash, a near-crash, or a dangerous lane violation. Dialing or otherwise operating a mobile phone can increase your chances of a safety-compromising event by up to six times. Texting or dialing your phone requires you to take your eyes off the road for nearly five seconds at a time. While this may seem insignificant, it’s important to remember that vehicles on the road are constantly in motion. If you are traveling at 55mph, your truck can cover the length of a football field in the time it takes to read a text.

Penalties

Because distracted driving causes significant safety risks to yourself and those around you, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides penalties for truckers caught violating mobile phone rules. If you are caught talking or texting on your phone, you could face a civil penalty fine of up to $2,750. Additionally, your carrier may be fined up to $11,000. Thus, many carriers have strict in-house rules against talking or texting that could affect your job if you are caught. Multiple offenses can result in driver disqualification and confiscation of your license.

At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, you will learn how to keep yourself and others safe while on the road. We pride ourselves on the first-rate education you will receive when you choose to apply for CDL training in Phoenix. For more information about applying or to find out when classes begin, call (877) 205-5372, contact us online, or stop by in person.