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The FMCSA and Distracted Driving

CSA- ScoresThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set many standards, rules, regulations, and policies in place to help keep drivers safe while on the road. In recent years, the FMCSA has shifted its focus onto distracted driving and truck drivers. Because of the increasing possibilities of distracted driving, the FMCSA has worked to make it clear where they stand on distracted driving. However, in order to properly follow the policies put in place, it is important for drivers to understand what the FMCSA considers distracted driving.

The rules put in place by the FMCSA regarding hand-held devices are simple and concise. They are to never:

  • Read
  • Dial
  • Reach for
  • Hold
  • Text

When it comes to texting, the regulations put in place by the FMCSA state define the act as “manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.” There are also separate rules that help define what a mobile phone is when driving:

  • Dialing a device by pressing one or more buttons
  • Using a hand to hold or dial a phone
  • Reaching for a phone that requires the driver to remove his or attention from the road

This means that any mobile device use by a truck driver, with the exception of calling for emergency personnel, must be kept hands free. This means that the phone must be in a close proximity to the driver while being activated without the need to use hands. This means that the driver can activate the phone using a single button or by speak commands.

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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