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Trucking: Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can have many sources whether visual, audible, manual or a mixture of these. Distractions can vary based on the degree of attention required, the frequency of the disturbance and how long it lasts.

Common types of distractions:

• Electronic device use
• Drowsy driving
• Reaching for something in the vehicle
• Daydreaming/not focusing on the drive
• Adjusting air/radio/GPS
• Interaction with others
• Reading

How to avoid distraction:

• Avoid cell phone use while driving and if possible turn devices off before heading out
• Hands-free devices still require focus, multi-tasking and can be a major distraction; splitting attention
between the next turn and a red light or pedestrians can be costly
• When possible pull off to a safe place to check electronic devices and make calls
• Keep conversation with passengers light; a passenger can aid in being more alert and attentive to the trip, however, avoid intense/emotional conversation while driving
• Always pull over to eat and drink or for a needed rest
• Don’t attempt to read, write or watch videos while driving


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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