Distracted Driving and the Risks

Truck MaintenanceIt is no surprise that truck drivers can become easily distracted while on the road. However, new rules are constantly being implemented that hold truck drivers accountable when it comes to distracted driving. Along with these new rules, new information is being brought to light every day about how distracted driving can affect truck drivers.

So what should truck drivers keep in mind about distracted driving?

  • There are new regulations out through the FMCSA that prohibit the use of hand-held devices as well as texting while a driver is operating a commercial truck or vehicle on an interstate.
  • These new rules are not applied to devices being used for dispatch, as long as they are being used as part of the fleet management.
  • New research now shows that CMV drivers who participate in texting are 23 more times likely to become in a crash versus those who don’t text.
  • Drivers who are caught texting while operating a truck are subject to fines, being displaced from their job, and disqualifications on the job.
  • Truck drivers who are attempting to dial a phone are 6 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
  • Implementing the use of hands-free options such as Bluetooth is typically acceptable while on the road, but only when the driver is able to still fully focus.

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Truck Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Truck Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  7. Window-shield Replacement

 

If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service. We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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