THINKTIP: 4 Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving Risks

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Distracted driving is a serious issue that can lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. Transport Canada estimates some 19.7 per cent of road deaths, or about 348 victims, are believed to have occurred in 2021 as a result of fatal collisions connected with distracted driving. It’s important to be aware of the risks of distracted driving and take steps to avoid it. Here are 6 reminders to help avoid the risks of distracted driving!


One of the biggest distractions for drivers is their phone. It’s tempting to check messages or make calls, but it’s not worth the risk. Put your phone in a place where you won’t be tempted to look at it, such as the glove compartment or backseat. If you need to use your phone for navigation, set it up before you start driving and use a hands-free device to hear directions. 


Eating and drinking while driving can be distracting, and it can also increase your risk of spilling something on yourself or your car’s interior. If you need to eat or drink, pull over to a safe location and take a break. 

ONE THING AT A TIME (don’t multitask)

It’s tempting to try to do multiple things while driving, such as applying makeup or adjusting the music. However, these tasks take your attention away from the road. It’s important to focus solely on driving while you’re behind the wheel. 


Many current vans and trucks come equipped with voice-activated technology that allows you to make calls, send messages, and change the radio station without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

Distracted driving is a serious issue that can lead to accidents, injuries, and fatalities. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you stay focused on the road and arrive at your destination safely. Opting for technology, like telematics in your fleet can help keep your staff safe and enable you to incentivize these behaviours. Remember, it’s not worth the risk to take your attention away from the road while you’re driving. 

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