Distracted Driving: How Employers & Drivers Can Reduce The Risks
Driving distracted can be a fatal mistake with devastating consequences. Research shows that 20-30% of all collisions involve driver distraction, from the use of cell phones and handheld devices, to eating, grooming, smoking, pets, or the use of other electronic devices.
In order to reduce the risk of collisions due to distracted driving, employers and drivers need to work together to create a strong safety culture supported by training and resources. Below are three ways that both employers and drivers can tackle distracted driving and make our roads safer:
- Develop and implement a distracted driving policy that prohibits the use of cell phones while driving, and ensure your driver employees understand and sign it.
- Download the free cell phone policy kit for employers from the US-based National Safety Council. This includes tips, posters, communication strategies and a one-year plan and roll out calendar.
- Consider using technological tools to keep your drivers focused on their driving responsibilities. There are wide variety of apps and tools available that can disable some phone functions when a driving situation is detected and locking the driver’s cell phone screen, lock a phone during driving to prevent calls and texts, read text messages and e-mails out loud in real-time and automatically respond without drivers touching the mobile phone, or rather than blocking the driver’s ability to text or call there is an app that monitors cell phone use while driving and issues a “Safe Driver Score” after each trip.
- Understand how distractions impact your driving. Check out this online simulator at the Canadian Automobile Association.
- Sign and follow your company’s distracted driving policy. Talk to your employer about developing one if none exists.
- Sign the Canada-wide pledge on distracted driving and stick to it.
For more information distracted driving, including links and resources, see Distracted Driving: A Call To Action by Road Safety at Work (2014).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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