Safety Spotlight: Distracted Driving
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Today, driving on the road is more dangerous than ever before! Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager, James Machamer, shares how to be less distracted and avoid costly mishaps on the road.
Taking the time to emphasize safe driving habits says a lot about a company. After all, employees are an employer’s most valuable asset! Make a positive statement by following these work-related safe driving practices:
- Be well-rested before driving.
- Wear seat belts–everyone–always.
- Avoid taking medications that make you drowsy.
- Set a realistic goal for the number of miles you can safely drive.
- Do not drive if you’re impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other substances.
- Avoid distractions like changing the radio, adjusting the control panel, eating and drinking, and talking on the phone.
- Survey the roadway continually to be alert to situations requiring quick action.
- Stop for a break every two hours by getting out of the vehicle to stretch, take a walk, and refresh yourself.
- Keep your cool in traffic!
- Be patient and courteous to other drivers.
- Do not take other drivers’ actions personally.
- Reduce your stress by planning your route ahead of time, being prepared with maps and directions, allowing plenty of travel time, and avoiding crowded roadways and busy driving times.
Distracted driving is an increasing problem for workers, families, employers, and everyone on the road. It’s essential to study the science behind the why. We encourage you to read the National Safety Council’s Understanding Driver Distraction white paper.
Motor vehicle hazards are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry. Please take some time to review OSHA Standards below.
- 29 CFR 1926 OSHA standards related to motor vehicle safety.
- 1926 Subpart O Motor vehicles, mechanized equipment, and marine operations.
- 600 Equipment.
- 601 Motor vehicles.
- 602 Material handling equipment.
- See the Motor Vehicle Safety Standards page for additional information.
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