It takes great skill to drive a truck well because it is a huge task with lots of responsibility. There is a good reason why truck driving calls for a unique license. You must take into account the vehicle’s dimensions, weight, gearing, width, and overall capabilities. The driver must be conscious of his on-road behavior and how it affects other drivers. Therefore, a truck driver who chooses to multitask while operating a vehicle risks creating a distraction that has grave repercussions.
A truck driver can become distracted while operating a vehicle in a number of different ways.
They might decide to eat lunch while driving if they are hungry. While grabbing the burger or the drink, the driver would have to temporarily take his eyes off the road. While this may appear innocent, keep in mind that their eyes are being diverted from the road with each bite and sip. Those few seconds turn into several seconds of interruptions.
Driving can be tiresome and boring for many people, so they use their mobile phones to send and receive texts and phone calls. Your eyes and attention are not on the road when you are reading a text message. You might have your eyes off the road for 10, 20, or 30 seconds depending on how long the text message is that you are reading and replying to. This gives you plenty of time to cause a collision. Due to your direct line of sight on the road, using a mobile phone while driving may seem harmless. But think about this: how much of your focus is on the road in front of you? When someone is speaking to you on a cell phone, you often find yourself focusing more on what they are saying than what is happening around you.
Another distraction is using a satellite navigation system. When the truck has stopped, it is best to set the coordinates or the destination address. Inputting an address will divert your attention from the road and increase the risk of an accident.
Any type of distraction while operating a vehicle, especially a truck, is unacceptable. Some drivers are also sidetracked by the images or numbers on the dashboard, or they consider the next service appointment and the need for new truck parts. To ensure a safer journey, keep your eyes and mind constantly fixed on the road while you are driving.