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Non-CDL Drivers’ admit to unsafe driving behavior

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Unsafe Driving

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that general public drivers understand the risks of unsafe driving practices, yet are not changing their driving behavior.

Results from the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, ongoing since 2008, consisted of an annual national survey of American drivers aged 16 and over which focused on their driving behaviors and attitudes.

The collected data showed that drivers know and fully understand the risks and dangers associated with unsafe driving practices but continued with the unsafe practice anyway:

  • Drowsy driving : 95% of drivers believe this to be unacceptable while 30% of drivers admitted to driving drowsy within the previous 30 days.
  • Distracted driving : 89% of drivers believe such practices as talking on the cell phone while driving is unacceptable while 70% admitted to doing so within the previous 30 days.
  • Running a red light : 70% say this is completely unacceptable but nearly 39% have done so within the previous 30 days.
  • Speeding : 63% of drivers surveyed agreed that driving more than 10 MPH over the speed limit on residential streets is unacceptable while nearly 50% admitted to doing so within the previous 30 days.
  • Texting / Emailing : 95% of drivers agreed that texting or emailing while driving is a serious safety threat but nearly 35% admitted to reading emails while driving within the previous 30 days.

The AAA Foundation concluded that, “It becomes clear when looking at these results that many drivers perform the same activities that they recognize as being dangerous.”

The FMCSA continues to increase regulations for professional CDL in order to ensure safer roads, however, the fact remains that unless the driving public corrects their admitted poor driving behavior, increased regulations for CMV drivers can only do so much.

Today, the truth is that commercial trucks are involved in 2.4% of all car accidents and more than 80% of those accidents are the fault of the non-commercial driver.  Furthermore, only 16% of all truck driving accidents are due to the truck driver’s fault and of those death related accidents, only 4% of trucks are fatigue related.  (Ref: Source 1).

FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro has stated that her goal is zero truck related fatalities. We believe that unless more assertive action is taken towards the non CDL driver, this goal is unrealistic.

According to a recent article in TheTrucker:
According to published reports, Ferro challenged the notion of Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., that the agency’s stated of zero-truck related fatalities is an ideology that leads to poor regulation.

Hanna has been quoted as saying accidents will happen and trying to driver the truck-related fatality rate to zero is senseless.

“[Zero deaths is] an unrealistic, impractical goal that burdens the industry and is philosophically based, not reality based,” he has said.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Non-CDL Drivers’ admit to unsafe driving behavior. - Post a Comment

  1. Former future trucker

    Of course crashes will occur as long as there are both 4 wheels and 18 wheels idiots on the road.

    The ONLY way crashes will never occur is when there is no traffic.

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