By now most of us know that drinking a coffee or eating while driving can result in a big fine and six demerit points. Is the RCMP going a bit overboard with this? Absolutely not! Let’s discuss this.
According to the RCMP website:
Eating and drinking; playing loud music; personal grooming and not securing objects such as a purse or coat, cell phone or anything else that can go flying are all considered part of distracted driving.
Anything that causes you to react to something other than actual driving should wait until you are out of the vehicle or parked in an approved parking spot with the vehicle turned off. That is the safest way.
ICBC states on their website that when you are distracted, you react slower. And that most rear-end crashes result in injury are caused by distracted drivers. They further say that distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter (27%) of all car crash fatalities in B.C.
I think we can agree that no burger or hot coffee is worth that.
We know that truck drivers face distracted driving hazards more so than other drivers, often due to the amount of time spent on the road. Even if you are well rested and are a stickler for driving safely, what about those you share the road with? Talk to any truck driver and you will be surprised at what they see on a daily basis.
The day-to-day life of today’s trucker is filled with distractions.
Here are just a few examples:
- text messages from a dispatcher
- conversations with someone else in the truck cab
- the display on a computer tablet
- a glance at paperwork in the cab
Ask your company what their policy is on distracted driving. If you or your company don’t have one, ask SafetyDriven, we have the tools to help you.