Most people are aware that texting while driving is dangerous. The federal government recognized the danger and, as a result, banned commercial truck drivers from using hand-held cell phones behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped some truck drivers from continuing to drive with this dangerous distraction.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the three types of truck driver distractions include visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions. The reason why texting while driving is so dangerous is because it encompasses all three types of distractions. Below is a summary of each:
Visual distractions include any activity that takes a truck driver’s eyes off the road, causing the driver to potentially miss seeing pedestrians, traffic stops, and road hazards that could cause an accident. If a driver sees something too late, they likely won’t have enough time to react to avoid a collision. Examples of visual distractions include programming and looking at a GPS device, reading a map, or rubbernecking.
Manual distractions are activities that take the driver’s hands off the wheel. It may not seem that eating a sandwich is distracting, but a driver has to put down the sandwich before he can fully react to danger. Every second counts when avoiding a truck accident. Examples of manual distractions include dialing a cell phone, sending a text, eating, drinking, smoking, grooming, tuning a radio, or grabbing an item from a purse or briefcase.
Cognitive distractions are distractions that take the driver’s mind off driving. Many truck drivers work 11-hour days. Driving is often boring and it can be hard to stay focused on the road. Drivers can easily lapse into daydreams or thoughts of family and friends.
Talking on the phone may be the most dangerous of cognitive distractions. In fact, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study showed that using a hands-free phone is just as likely to cause an accident as talking on a handheld device.
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