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Distracted Driving Toolbox Talk

Contributor: Safesite • Jurisdiction: OSHA

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Driving while distracted is a leading cause of motor vehicle incidents. Educate employees on the dangers of distractions posed by using phones and other activities while operating vehicles.

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Distracted Driving Toolbox Talk
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1. Distracted driving accounts for nearly 1 in 5 accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. The Three Types of Distracted Driving Are: Visual – taking your eyes off the road

3. The Three Types of Distracted Driving Are: Manual – taking your hands off the wheel

4. The Three Types of Distracted Driving Are: Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing

5. Typical driving distractions include phone use, texting, eating, drinking, grooming, fiddling with a navigation system, changing a music device, watching a video or daydreaming.

6. Distracted drivers are involved in accidents every 24 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States.

7. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Always wear a seat belt.

8. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Be aware of local regulations regarding mobile phone use.

9. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Don’t engage in any activity that requires you to take your eyes off the road, your mind off driving or your hands off the steering wheel.

10. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Do not place or receive mobile phone calls while driving.

11. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Pull off the road to place or take a call.

12. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Allow a fellow passenger to handle an incoming call, if you can’t pull over.

13. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Let an incoming phone call go to voicemail.

14. Workers Who Drive Should Follow These Tips: Never text while driving.

15. Reality Check: Cell Phone Use While Driving: Drivers talking on mobile or hands-free cell phones are 4 times as likely to be involved in a car crash.

16. Reality Check: Cell Phone Use While Driving: Driving and talking on the phone are cognitive tasks, which forces the brain to switch between the two to process information.

17. Reality Check: Cell Phone Use While Driving: Drivers on mobile phones can miss seeing up to 50% of their driving environments, including pedestrians and red lights. This is called inattention blindness.

18. Reality Check: Cell Phone Use While Driving: At any given time during the day, more than 669,000 drivers are using a hand-held cell phone or electronic device.

19. Don't Drive Drowsy: Drowsy driving kills — it claimed 795 lives in 2017.

20. This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work. Fatigue affects adriver's ability to make good decisions.

21. Never Text While Driving: Drivers who text take their eyes off the road for an average 4.6 seconds. According to Distraction.gov, if the texting motorist was driving 55 miles an hour, that would be like driving blindfolded for the complete length of a football field.

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