Avoiding In-cab Distractions

In cab distractions affect a drivers ability to safely operate the vehicle and getting themselves and their passengers or load safely from A to B.  

There are now so many devices designed to make life easier, from mobile phones, vehicle cameras, sat navs, warning alarms and smart watches, however, as much as these devices offer great assistance, they can also become a huge distraction!

Along with the task in hand, couple that with a chatty passenger or the radio, and the chances of a driver having (or potentially causing) an accident increase rapidly.   So what can be done to reduce in cab distractions?  

Here are some tips below:

• Train drivers on use of in-cab technology and get your policy and procedures communicated.

• Ensure that if drivers are using a satellite navigation, they need to be programmed prior to the driver setting off on their journey. 

• Mobile phone usage should be banned. Drivers needing to make a phone call should only do so when it is safe and legal to do so i.e. when they are parked up / reach their destination. 

• Smart watches should not be used.

• Drivers should not eat or drink whilst driving.

• Radios can be used but should be kept to a low volume so as not to become a distraction to the driver or noise nuisance to the general public.  

• Passengers shall not distract the driver by using technology themselves or engaging them in conversations that will distract them from driving. 

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