Studies of the distractions faced by commercial truck and bus drivers have shown that the most dangerous non-driving tasks are activities that divert eyes from away from the road.

Naturalistic studies from the US have found that by far the most dangerous mobile phone activity was texting or typing on a phone which was associated in up to a 163 times greater risk of truck and bus drivers having an accident.

The research on commercial drivers has also shown that reaching for a mobile phone or hands-free earpiece can significantly increase the chances of an accident, which highlights the importance of Australia’s mobile phone cradle law.

Interestingly the research shows that when truck and bus drivers were talking or listening on a hands-free mobile phone they were actually at a lower risk of being involved in an accident.

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Also see our safe driving tips for truck drivers.


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