Driving Distractions Kill
April is Driving Distraction Awareness Month. Cell phones are the hot topic — texting while driving is illegal in many more states this year. But for professional drivers, hand-held cell phones have been illegal for several years. Most companies ban their use, and have a zero-tolerance policy.
Distractions Are More than Phones
Other companies may feel like they’ve earned top marks for safety by banning phones. But you know the truth: distractions come in many more flavors than just Apple. (bada-bing!)
- Food or drink
- Radio or dashboard
- Anger or frustration
The D in D.E.F.E.N.S.E. is for Distractions
The first lesson in our newly revamped defensive driving suite, PRO-D.E.F.E.N.S.E., is about distractions. In fact, the it was the huge increase in distractions for modern drivers that first inspired our safety experts to re-think defensive driving.
Isn’t Distracted Driving Awareness Month a great time to start your fleet on the PRO-D.E.F.E.N.S.E. courses? We recommend one per month — frequency of training is the No. 1 correlation to safety!
Easy Customization: Communicate Your Cell Phone Policy
Do you have a specific cell phone policy that you want to add to the Distractions course? ITI can add to or edit sections of standard courses — just ask your ITI Client Services rep about hosting or editing a course for your team.
Give our Client Success team a call anytime at 360-576-5976, Option 4, or click here to email us.
PRO-D.E.F.E.N.S.E. Lessons for Medium-Duty Trucking Now Available
Our first iteration of PRO-D.E.F.E.N.S.E. was for heavy-duty, Class 8, articulated trucks. We’ve now added versions of the courses for use by drivers of box trucks and for drivers of light-duty vehicles, too.
This means using different angles, talking more about urban driving, and using more “crowded environments” in which smaller trucks tend to operate.
More Resources About Driver Distractions:
- PRO-D.E.F.E.N.S.E: https://www.instructiontech.net/online-fleet-training/pro-defense/
- Whitepaper explaining PRO-D.E.F.E.N.S.E concepts: http://hub.instructiontech.net/pro-defense
- Training to Avoid Driver Distractions: http://blog.instructiontech.net/blog/2015/12/training-to-avoid-driver-distractions