As the supervisor for the other three log trucks in the company, Tim had a lot on his plate. In addition to hauling logs, he had to make sure the other trucks were maintained and in good shape. It was hard to keep drivers if their rigs were constantly breaking down. It seemed like his cell phone was constantly ringing with a report of a breakdown or a question from the rookie about the paperwork that needed to be done. Tim knew that he couldn’t safely drive his truck and talk on his phone at the same time so he spent at least an hour each day pulled over and answering his messages. It was getting difficult to make his three trips!
His wife bought him a smart phone for his birthday and Tim was thinking that texting might be the answer to his problem. His drivers all knew how to text and it might be a more efficient way to communicate.
It didn’t take long for Tim to realize that texting was more efficient but also more distracting. He put his phone away in the glove box and decided he needed to talk to the owner about helping out with some of his workload.
In 2009, a study was done by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute which focused on the effects of distracted driving on truck drivers. The Institute was able to track where drivers were looking when they were driving safely and just before they were involved in a crash or near crash. The results of this study are: