Keeping roadways safe of distracted truck drivers

Aug 9, 2019

Sisbro expects its drivers to abide by federal law and industry standards, which includes all matters involving distracted driving.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are five rules of thumb for truck drivers to follow to avoid distracted driving:

  • No reaching;
  • No holding;
  • No dialing;
  • No texting;
  • No reading.

The FMCSA also issued a definition for using a mobile device as follows:

  • Using at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to make a call;
  • Dialing a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button;
  • Reaching for a mobile phone in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt.

In 2017, more than 3,600 vehicle-related deaths were attributed to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are approximately 1,000 accidents per day nationwide due to distracted driving, and the penalties are substantial. For commercial drivers, that means the loss of your license and livelihood and heavy fines for your employer.

Sisbro expects its fleet of drivers to adhere to the industry rules and create a safe traveling environment by putting the phones down. To learn about how we avoid distracted driving incidents or to join the Sisbro team, call 888-228-2175 for more information.