Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NSC Distracted Driving Course

We all know that we shouldn’t use our cell phones while driving and that cell phone-related crashes are a problem. Part of this problem is that we are accustomed to use them for long periods of time every day. Many distractions exist while driving as it is, but cell phones are at the top of that list.  Now with the hands-free technology in vehicles we have become even more distracted than ever before.

Multitasking technology is about convenience, not about safety. Fifty-three percent of drivers believe that if it’s hands-free or built-in dashboards, that it’s safer. But the fact is that these technologies distract our brains even long after we use them. We’ve all witnesses a distracted driver on a cell phone, but don’t often think twice about it when that driver is yourself or one of your employees.

Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of workplace death, and distractions are a leading factor. Employees who use a mobile device while driving are four times more likely to crash. The National Safety Council (NSC) has compiled a large amount of research on distracted driving. This includes data on:
  • Hands-free devices
  • Cognitive distraction
  • Text messaging and voice-activated texting
  • Cell phones compared to alcohol-impaired driving
  • Evaluation of laws and enforcement
 Watch this video to learn more about the devastating consequences of distracted driving.

A cell phone distracted driving policy is crucial to keeping your workers safe from crashes. Learn more about the DDC Distracted Driving Online course, or call (800) 621-7619 to speak with an NSC representative.

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