A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) provides a certain level of freedom, but also carries tremendous responsibility. When driving a 10,000 pound truck, responsibility comes in many forms, including:
• Focusing on the road at all times
• Driving defensively
• Following the rules of the road
The role of a driver with a CDL is not only to run a collection route and/or make deliveries to a warehouse or drop a load at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), but also to protect others on the road. Distraction and inattention for just a couple of seconds can lead to fatal accidents.
Consider this scenario:
Imagine you are texting a simple a phrase to a coworker, such as, “Where are we going to eat?” Texting a short phrase takes about 3-5 seconds. Now, imagine that right as you begin to text your coworker, a child runs into the road 175 feet ahead. Will you hit the child?
To estimate the number of feet traveled per second when driving, multiply the speed of the vehicle in miles per hour (MPH) by 1.5 (a car traveling at 10 MPH is going roughly 15 feet per second). That means, at 30 MPH you are traveling 45 feet per second. By the time you finish the text and look up and see that you have to brake for the child, you will be too late. You will already have traveled over 200 feet and run over the child.
Considering that reaction time for an alert driver is estimated to be 1.5 seconds, there is no room for error and no reason to text and drive. Be responsible and protect others – do not let distractions affect your driving.
*blog courtesy of NSWMA Safety Monday - http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/X