By Vogel Bros. Safety Department
The National Safety Council reminds us that multitasking is a myth.
Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it’s nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
At Vogel Bros., we believe that all accidents are preventable – both on the jobsite, as well as off the jobsite. We do not tolerate our employees texting while driving. And we discourage employees from talking on a hand-held phone while operating a company vehicle, or talking on a company-issued cell phone while operating a personal vehicle. If employees must use their cell phone, we ask them to pull over to the side of the road to safely make a call or text.
We encourage you to discuss the dangers of distracted driving with your family, friends and neighbors. The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provide teens, parents, educators, employers and community groups with great resources and tips through their website (also available in Spanish). You can also visit the National Safety Council’s website where you and your family can sign a Distracted Driving Family Contract. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a crash can tell you, even one traffic fatality is one too many. Vogel Bros. is committed – and we encourage you to be committed – to eliminating this unnecessary risk.