On average, a non-fatal injury crash at work that involves distraction costs an employer $72,442 – according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) – Cost of crashes.
The National Safety Council states that the leading cause of workplace death is motor vehicle crashes, and estimates one-quarter of those crashes involve cell phone use.
- As the employer – do you have distracted driving company policies?
- As the employee – does your company have distracted driving policies?
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What is distracted driving at work?
Distracted driving occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.1
Workers in many industries and occupations spend part of their workdays on the road. One study showed drivers at work were more likely to be in a hurry to reach their destination, think about work, be tired, or use a cell phone.2
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Safety Council has free materials for Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2017. Help save lives.
OSHA’s Distracted Driving Initiative
The OSHA’s top priority is keeping workers safe. While we experience fewer fatalities in the workplace today, the leading cause of worker fatalities year after year are motor vehicle crashes; distracted driving dramatically increases the risk of such crashes. The Department of Labor through OSHA is partnering with the Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving.
What are the main types of driving distractions?1
The CDC has identified three main types of distraction that occur when driving: visual, manual and cognitive.
- Visual distractions include reading a text message or programming your phone’s or vehicle’s navigation system.
- Manual distractions occur when you take your hands off the steering wheel to dial your phone, eat, drink or groom.
- Cognitive distractions involve your brain, and include talking on your phone (even a hands-free device) or daydreaming.
- Visual: Eyes off the road
- Reading a text message
- Looking up directions
- “Rubbernecking” (i.e., craning one’s neck to get a better view) at a crash site
- Manual: Hands off the wheel
- Reaching for things inside the vehicle
- Using a hand-held device
- Adjusting the radio
- Eating or drinking
- Applying makeup
- Cognitive: Mind off driving
- Talking on the phone
- Arguing with a passenger
- Thinking about your next appointment
- Phones as Distractions – Talking and texting on a phone are driving distractions. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distractions. Hands-free phones are not necessarily safer than hand-held devices. Your brain has limited ability to perform two tasks at the same time.When driving becomes secondary, you pay less attention to possible dangers on the road. A worker who is driving a motor vehicle while negotiating a complex or contentious business deal over the phone at the same time is at greater risk of being in a crash. In this situation, neither task – driving a vehicle or doing business – gets the attention it deserves.