Many occupations require at least occasional on the job driving, which experts say could increase the likelihood of dangerous driving behaviors. “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.” –The Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC describes distracted driving as any non-driving activity you engage in behind the wheel. There are three main types of distracted driving: physical, manual, and cognitive. Examples of cognitive distraction include talking on the phone, thinking about your next appointment, or reflecting on your previous appointment. It’s not hard to imagine how a worker could easily become cognitively distracted while driving on the job.
To prevent distracted driving at work, employers are encouraged to ban texting and hand-held phone use while driving, provide employees with information explaining how distracted driving puts them at risk for a crash, and create and enforce distracted-driving related policies.
While some occupations only require occasional travel, other occupations involve daily driving. Truck drivers, livery drivers (including UBER and LYFT drivers), and mass transit drivers commonly work long hours and are under a fair amount of stress. It is especially important for these workers and their employers to take all necessary steps to prevent distracted driving, drowsy driving, and any other driver behavior that could increase the risk of a crash. For more information, click here.