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Distracted driving is a very dangerous practice that injures and kills indiscriminately. Of that there is little question. We are also sure about the fact that using mobile phones and other hand-held devices while driving drastically increases the chances of being involved in an accident. However, new data suggests that the practice of eating while driving is just as dangerous.

Recently released data from Lytx Europe Ltd, a technology company focused on improving HGV driver safety, shows that drivers eating and drinking on the road are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than their non-distracted counterparts. That is nearly as high as the rate of accidents among mobile device users. The data show that you are no safer eating a sandwich than you are texting a friend at 50 mph.

Lytx used the occasion of the data release to remind HGV drivers of the need to be extra careful. It emphasised that it only takes a split second of distraction to cause a potentially fatal accident. As you know, the major concern with HGVs is the size and weight of the vehicles. What could be a minor accident for two cars is a major accident when a large, commercial vehicle is involved.

Be Responsible, Be Safe

We would like to join Lytx in reminding drivers to be responsible and safe. Do not forget that the law requires all HGV drivers to observe all reasonable safety measures necessary to avoid road crashes. If you remember, this principal was a big part of your HGV test when you first earned your licence. Drivers suspected of causing accidents through careless behaviour are arrested and prosecuted frequently in the UK. You do not want to be one of them.

We urge you to fall back on your HGV training whenever you get behind the wheel. Keep in mind all of the safety principles you learned in the classroom; exercise all of the skills you were taught behind the wheel. Relying extensively on your training is one of the best things you can do to ensure road safety. That includes not eating or drinking whenever your vehicle is in motion.

The HGV Training Centre also wants to take this opportunity to remind fleet managers and transport managers of our ongoing training programmes for commercial clients. We work with companies of all sizes throughout the haulage and transport industries. We can provide new driver training to prepare for the HGV test, remedial training and CPC training and certification. All of our training courses are staffed by seasoned professionals committed to your ultimate success.

In closing, we encourage you to take to heart the data released by Lytx. Eating or drinking while driving is just as dangerous as sending a text message or talking on the phone. It is not worth risking your life or your career to satisfy your hunger. You are far better off pulling over, enjoying a relaxing meal and then getting back on the road safely.

Sources:

  1. HGV UK – http://www.hgvuk.com/06/12/truckers-get-dashboard-dining-warning/

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