Many accidents result from distracted drivers. The driver’s lack of attention can be classified into the following categories:
Distract the eyes from the route. Part of the charm of being a trucker is the possibility of knowing places in this beautiful country while enjoying the beauty of the road. This may sound attractive, but it can be fatal if the driver is distracted for long periods of time. Drivers must limit tourism and stay focused on the road.
Checking mirrors and blind spots is an important safety practice that professional drivers must perform regularly. This practice keeps the driver’s attention on the road. However, this action must be done quickly, developing a regular scanning pattern including the left, right mirror and blind spots visualization. Make sure you do not take your eyes off the road for more than two seconds, preferably less than a second.
There are situations in which a driver must look away from the road to perform their job, such as looking for directions. In these cases, you must increase the following distance and limit your searches to less than two seconds.
Do other things while driving. The risk of accident increases 4 times as we read, 6 times dialing a cell phone, 7 times looking at a map, 9 times writing, 10 times when doing complex activities, such as cleaning a side mirror or poking at a bag, and 23 times through the text messages. Because of this higher accident rate for sending text messages, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibited this activity to commercial vehicle drivers. The FMCSA also prohibited the use of cell phones for commercial vehicle drivers that do not use a handsfree system, considering it a very serious violation in the driving record and making it very difficult and expensive to obtain insurance.
Daydreaming. When drivers spend a lot of time on the road, they can daydream. Even if the driver is awake and can see what is happening, the mind does not process the information and this is extremely dangerous. How many times have you been on the road, without remembering the last couple of kilometers?
If you find that your mind wanders, stop and rest. You have a high risk of being involved in an accident.
Fatigue. Most drivers understand that driving tired is dangerous, but drowsiness can also affect the ability to recognize and respond to danger. It has been discovered that driving with drowsiness increases the risk of accident by six times. Driving with sleep can happen day or night. Drivers who begin to feel dizzy should immediately seek a safe place to park and rest properly.