Essential Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving


Distracted driving - which occurs when a driver undertakes any activity that diverts attention away from driving - can be deadly![1]. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,142 people were killed by distracted driving in 2020[2]. In order to avoid the risk of a devastating accident, it's imperative for log truck drivers to have their full attention focused on the physical, mental and psychological demands of driving.

So what are the most common forms of distraction? And what should log truck drivers do to stay focused and prevent themselves from becoming distracted? Below are some best practices that your forest & logging clients should follow: 

Visual distraction: taking your eyes off the road

  • Reserve using your mobile phone for emergency use only. If possible, always safely pull over to the right shoulder before making a call.
  • Do not use your phone, tablet or any other electronic device for uses such as texting, social media etc.
  • Avoid writing notes or reading e.g. a paper map or newspaper.
  • Ensure any GPS devices are easily visible throughout your journey. Avoid having your GPS device on e.g. your lap, so you don't have to look down to track your route.
  • Do not enter information into a GPS device while driving. Have your route entered into the device before you set off.
  • Do not let objects outside of your truck distract you e.g. car crash, billboards, building and people etc.


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Manual distraction: taking your hands off the steering wheel

  • Refrain from eating and drinking while driving.
  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle before setting off. Not being able to seamlessly operate in-vehicle controls such as the AC or radio can cause you to become distracted.  

Cognitive distraction: taking your mind off driving

  • If you feel either drowsy or overly stressed/anxious, pull off the road and stop your vehicle.
  • Ensure you get ample sleep and rest to avoid becoming fatigued.
  • If you come across aggressive drivers, do not respond and stay calm.
  • Minimize distraction from passengers 

For more information about Victor's Forest & Logging program, get in touch with your Regional Marketing Contact or email forest.us@victorinsurance.com


[1] https://www.transportation.gov/mission/health/distracted-driving-laws-education-and-enforcement
[2] https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/813266


Underwriting Contact

Peter Elmalis
(916) 274-8780
peter.elmalis@victorinsurance.com 

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