As a field service business owner, distracted driving is an issue that’s top-of-mind for you, if not close to your heart. You and your employees are out on the roads serving customers day in and day out—and that means your company plays an important role in keeping the roads safe in your community.
A Quick Look Back
Distracted driving has been a top road safety concern since automobiles started revving their engines (if not when horse-drawn carriages started barreling down country roads). IT World takes a look back at the history of distracted driving, reminding us of the “Highway HiFi” dashboard turntables of the late 1950s, 8-track cassette players, cigarette lighter power outlets, and even cup holders—all designed to enhance the in-car experience, but not road safety.
Fast-forward to today, when there’s even more to distract drivers. Vehicle technologies are making communications more convenient, but they aren’t making the roads safer. Quite the opposite. And this is why it’s so important to stay up-to-date with what it takes to keep your drivers (and community) safe.
Take the Quiz!
The National Safety Council names April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Take this opportunity to test your knowledge—and assumptions—about distracted driving and how it may impact your approach to driver safety and accountability.
- Drivers talking on handheld or hands-free devices can fail to see ___ percent of their surroundings?
- ___ percent of drivers mistakenly believe that hands free devices are safer than handheld?
- True or false? Studies show that using voice to text is more distracting than texting by hand.
- People are distracted up to ___ seconds after they finish sending a voice text.
- 19 seconds
- 27 seconds
- 35 seconds
- Talking on a cell phone is NOT just like speaking to a passenger because the person on the other end of the phone ____.
- Might be distracted by a bad network connection
- Isn’t sitting there and can’t see what’s going on
- Up to 94% of all car crashes are caused by ____.
- Driver error
- Mechanical issues
- Environmental issues
- Which is not part of the “essential trio” of requirements for driving:
- Eyes on the road
- Hands on the wheel
- Mind on driving
- Speakerphone engaged
How’d You Do?
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