Weather, road conditions and mechanical defects can and do play a big role in crashes, but instead of pointing fingers, we need to take a long, hard look in their rear view mirrors – at themselves.
That's the finding of a new study commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The study found that action or inattention by the driver of either the truck or the other vehicle involved was the critical reason behind 88 percent of injury or fatality traffic accidents.
When you take your eyes off the road for two seconds at 60 mph, you have traveled blindly for almost the length of a football field. And adjusting your radio makes you 6 times more likely to be in an accident.
What can we do?
• Pay Attention!
• Adjust controls before you start
• Take advantage of normal stops to adjust controls
• Keep distractions at a minimum
• Do not reach for items that have fallen or shifted
• Do not eat while driving.
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