Small Distractions can be Fatal

Small Distractions can be Fatal

Most of professional drivers believe that many accidents are a result of driver being distracted. The lack of attention from a driver makes him not able to respond adequately to any sudden changes in traffic.

We classified a driver´s lack of attention in the following categories:

Diverting eyes off the road: Part of the charm of being a trucker is the possibility to enjoy many places in this country, but it could be dangerous and also could lead to an accident if the driver takes his eyes off the road for a long time. Checking the mirrors and blind spots are an important safety practice that professional drivers should do regularly, because it helps to keep their eyes on the road. However, it should be done in less than 2 seconds. The driver should develop a scan pattern to check mirrors and blind spots, always scanning the front first before going to the next point. Be sure to never look away forward more than two seconds.

Doing other things while driving: Losing your attention for several seconds while driving, it is defined as diverting. The risk of accidents increases 4 times while reading; 6 times when you dial a phone; 7 times looking at a map; 9 times writing; 10 times in complex activities, such as cleaning a side mirror; and 23 times while text messaging, which makes the FMSCA’s ban on commercial vehicle drivers sending text messages while operating understandable. The FMCSA also banned the use of cell phones for drivers who do not use a hands free system. It is a very serious violation on people’s driving record and will be very difficult and expensive to get insurance.

Daydreaming: When drivers spend a lot of time on the road they can begin to daydream. Although the driver is awake and sees what is happening, his mind does not process the information, which is extremely dangerous. How many times have you been on the road without remembering the last couple kilometers? If your mind wanders, stop and rest, because you have a higher risk of becoming involved in an accident.

Fatigue: Most drivers know that driving tired is dangerous, but sleepiness can also affect the driver’s ability to recognize and respond to danger. Driving with moderate or high somnolence increases almost six times the risk of an accident. Drowsy driving can occur during the day or night. Drivers who begin to feel queasy should immediately seek a safe place to park and rest.

We hope this article contributes to road safety. Have a good day and a safe trip.


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