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

Driver with burger in seatOther 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
  • Rushing
  • Paperwork
  • Anger or frustration

The D in D.E.F.E.N.S.E. is for Distractions

Driver reaching for sunglassesThe 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

distracted-driving-1Do 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

PRO-TREAD on mobile and tabletOur 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.

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