Friday, 25 March 2016

7 Ways to Not Die: Avoiding Distracted Driving

Hey truckers, watch this video!


Change your Sirius radio to this station.


Answer your phone.


Adjust your lumbar support.  


HEY! Watch where you’re going!


Distracted driving affects us all. When you spend just five seconds on another task besides driving you put not just yourself, but everyone else at risk.


And since April is National Distracted Driving month, we thought we’d get a jump start on the ways you can avoid driving with distractions.


Silence Your Phone


One of the biggest distractions on the road today is cell phones.


It’s the bane of the roadways, and it’s something that should always be put away or turned off when you’re driving.


Yes, put your cell phone away! Because, honestly, it’s pretty tempting to find out who is calling you.


Research shows that truckers who text or use their phones are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who don’t.


Not only are you at risk of getting into an accident when you’re using your phone, but you might earn yourself (and your employer) a pretty hefty fine.


Know in Advance Where You’re Going


We get it.


Sometimes you just don’t know where your route is going to take you.


Well, you should.


Before you start out, learn the major roads and highways that you’re going to be taking, or have your GPS set with the final destination keyed in.


Because we don’t need an 18-wheeler high tailing it across multiple lanes just to reach an exit.


Don’t be a Newbie


Trucks come with a lot of different controls, switches, fuses, trip wires, etc.


And you should learn them all!


When you’re a newbie behind the wheel, barreling down the road at 70 mph looking for the horn - we’ve got problems.


Learn your truck before you drive it.


Avoid the Pretty Boy and Prima Donna Lifestyle


Avoid grooming yourself while driving. Do I have to say much more?


When you worry about how your beard is looking or if your makeup is holding up instead of what the traffic is doing in front of you, you raise the risk of accidents.


Control Yourself, Hulk


Sure, four-wheelers are annoying.


They get in the way, make unsafe lane changes, and have no idea how much it takes to slow down the 80,000lb hoss you drive.


And yes, it can make you mad. But letting your road rage impair your driving can be just as bad as four-wheelers’ erratic driving.


So keep it cool, Bruce Banner.


Puff Puff and Away


Who would have thought that a tiny little piece of rolled up tobacco could cause so much damage?


I mean, not just to your overall health, but to the roadways too!


When you spend five seconds looking for a cigarette, three seconds trying to pull the lighter out of the cup holder, and then trying to light it with two hands while driving—yeah, big problems.


For your health and the health of others, smoking can wait.


Lost in your thoughts


We’ve all been there.


When you’ve been driving for a couple of hours, it’s easy to drop into a daze and get lost in your own thoughts.


But unfortunately, those thoughts of yours aren’t helping you drive.


If someone comes to a dead stop out of nowhere and you’re off dreaming about planting a garden, an accident is bound to occur.  


So keep the Alice and Wonderland life at bay while on the road.


Be safe this holiday weekend, truckers!


For those of you who haven’t (yeah, we’re looking at you), be sure to enter our raffle! We’re giving away a free INSIGNIA TV to one lucky winner. You have two chances to win, enter online here, and again at the show.

And if you’re staring at your screen, thinking what show? It’s the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on March 31st through April 2nd. We’ll be there in booth 66121!

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