How to prevent distracted driving

Hanover, Germany: A new and free to download Orbcomm e-book is helping fleet managers identify risks and take preventative measures.

“With the dangers of distracted driving for both commercial and private vehicles under the spotlight in Europe and the US, commercial fleet managers in particular need to understand the regulatory and legal implications and implement preventative measures to ensure driver safety and avoid business disruption.  In the UK, new rules introduced in 2017 mean truck drivers are now subject to hefty fines, penalty points and legal action in cases of distracted driving,” the company says.

“For truck drivers, activities such as talking to passengers, using a handheld mobile phone, using a GPS device, completing paperwork, watching videos and even eating and drinking can be highly distracting and dangerous: taking their eyes off or shifting attention away from the road for mere seconds can significantly increase the risk of a crash.

Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road and the work is often repetitive, tiring and time-consuming. With such large, heavy and valuable vehicles often carrying valuable cargoes involved, it is the responsibility of commercial fleet managers to implement preventative measures to avoid incidents that can cause heavy penalties for distracted driving and in the very worst cases, fatalities that result in legal action and disqualification.

“Increasingly, combining technology and good communication practices is regarded as the ideal solution for limiting commercial vehicle driver distractions by ensuring a driver’s hands remain on the wheel and their attention fully on the road ahead.

ORBCOMM has published a free e-Book to help fleet managers identify all potential driver distractions and work to prevent them using a combination of technology and communication processes.  If you are a journalist writing about fleet management, driver safety, motoring laws and technology in commercial fleet management, then this e-Book will be of interest to you and your readers.

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