May 23rd, 2015 | Truck Driving

You can learn a lot about being on the road during your time in truck-driving school, but there are certain experiences you might not truly understand until you actually encounter them. Keep reading to learn more about distracted driving and why you should make every effort to avoid it when you start to work:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving occurs when you do anything that might take your attention away from the road. This could include texting, using a cell phone, eating, drinking, conversing with others in your vehicle, grooming, reading, adjusting music, or even using a GPS system.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, 3,154 people were killed in 2013 alone in crashes that involved at least 1 distracted driver. Another 424,000 people were injured. Every month Americans send about 153.3 billion text messages and too many of these are sent while someone is behind the wheel of a vehicle. Researchers have determined that about 660,000 drivers across the United States are using their cell phones while driving at every moment.

Distracted Driving Complications

Multitasking while you drive significantly increases your risk for getting into a collision. In fact, the simple act of dialing while driving makes you 3 times more likely to get into an accident. If someone takes their eyes off the road for just 5 seconds, like they would when writing a text message, they could cross the length of a football field if they are driving at least 55 mph. When you are operating a heavy vehicle like a commercial truck, it is essential to pay attention to the road at all times.
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