Safety Risks of Distracted Drivers

In a recent Waste 360 article, Daniel Katt, corporate loss control manager for Rumpke Waste & Recycling, says that every driver has to realize: “I am driving a 60 000 pound tank. I’ve got to pay full attention to everything that’s going on here or somebody could get killed, including me.”

Waste fleet drivers have traditionally been expected to be multi-taskers. They have to drive the trucks, empty carts and containers, follow routing instructions, interact with dispatch, respond to customer service issues and more – mostly in real-time. On a typical day, a waste collection driver has the potential to be distracted in hundreds of ways. Drivers can have too much to think about, too many buttons to press, too many calls to answer or make, and too many reports to submit. This working environment considerably adds to the risks of driver distractions, mistakes and even accidents.

Current waste and recycling safety statistics demonstrate increasing numbers of injuries and fatalities due to distracted driving.

At FleetMind we have long promoted ‘smart truck’ fleet technologies as a means to significantly reduce driver distractions. Onboard fleet management systems are typically 90 percent automated. This means that the driver rarely needs to interact with the onboard computing display. Indeed, if the truck is in motion, most smart displays will not allow a driver to interact with the screen. Using technology to ensure a more focused driver experience improves safety, productivity and the overall driver experience.

To learn more, read our White paper on “Reducing Drivers Distractions”.

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