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Distracted Truck Driving: What You Should Know

Distracted Truck Driver Driving

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes, hands, and/or mind away from the task of driving a CMV. Common examples of distracted driving:
• Sending a text message
• Talking on a cell phone
• Using a GPS navigation system
• Eating while driving
• Talking to people in your vehicle
• Fiddling with the truck’s stereo
• Doing any of these while driving endangers the CMV driver and the motoring public
• When communicating with driving associates via cellular phone, Driver Manager’s should please begin each conversation by asking “Are you talking on a hands-free device?”
• If you do not contact the driving associate and must leave a message, please ask them to call you back only when they have reached a safe location and it is reasonable to do so.

Distracted Driving Talking Points

• In August and September 2018, Knight has had an increase in accidents that have been related to distracted driving.
• In 2019, more and more Knight drivers are being given violations for using a Cell Phone while driving a CMV
• Our number one goal on every load is to ensure we arrive at our destination safely without harm to ourselves or the motoring public.

Overview and Background of Distracted Driving

• FMCSA has published new rules that restrict texting and the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers while operating a CMV.
• Research commissioned by FMCSA shows the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not.
• Texting drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds.
o At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling 371 feet, or the approximate length of a football field (including the end zones)—without looking at the roadway!

What is “Texting”?

• Texting means manually entering text into, or reading text from, an electronic device (cell phone or tablet)
• Texting includes (but is not limited to), short message services, e-mailing, scrolling contacts, instant messaging, using voice commands through Siri or Alexa or Google, a command or request to access a Web page, pressing a single button to initiate or terminate a call using a mobile telephone, or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.
• This also includes the use of any social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, SnapChat, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.

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