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Distracted Driving: More than Just Texting
Posted on 08/14/2013 by Ashley Jones | 0 Comments
Ensuring your employees focus on their driving while your company vehicle is in motion isn’t always easy. Engaging in tasks that require a visual-manual interaction, such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting, increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times. 80% of all crashes and 65% of near-collisions occur within three seconds of a driver distraction. But it’s not just the cell phone that is causing the distractions.
There are four types of distractions that increase crash risk while driving:
- Manual: involves touching something, like dialing a phone or changing radio stations.
- Visual: involves looking at something, like a phone display or a billboard.
- Auditory: involves listening to something, like a conversation or music.
- Cognitive: involves thinking about something.
So the next time your drivers get behind the wheel, make sure they know that distracted driving is more than just texting.