Watch for Potential Transportation Hazards
We’ve all seen it; the vehicle ahead slowly drifting from the center of a lane to the shoulder and back, or gradually slowing down for no obvious reason, then suddenly speeding up to match the flow of traffic. In many cases the driver is distracted. His/her attention is on something other than the task at hand; driving.
What is distracted driving ?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him/her from the primary task of driving and increase the rise of crashing.
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2014 alone, 3,129 were killed in distracted driving crashes. - Reported by Distraction.gov
Here Are Three Main Types Of Distractions:
• Visual - taking your eyes off the road
• Manual - taking your hands off the wheel
• Cognitive - taking your mind off of what you are doing
Distracted activities include texting, using a cell phone, talking to passengers, grooming, reading (including maps), using a PDA or navigation system, watching a video, changing the radio station, CD or other devices.
It is important for our professional drivers to recognize the signs and know how to safely share the road with a distracted driver. RBW promotes and enforces safe driving techniques with our CDL drivers.
By increased public awareness sharing the roadways will be safer for all.
To find out more great information on this subject, check out: Distraction.Gov