Texting and Driving!

Texting and driving is a big no no! We all know this and yet we still think it can be done. I have tried it and it doesn’t work. I can’t walk and chew gum together sometimes. What makes me think I could text and drive safely?

Definition of "Texting"

The definition of “Texting” on the FMCSA website;

  • Texting means manually entering text into or reading text from an electronic device.
  • Texting includes but is not limited to, emailing, instant messaging, looking for a website, pressing more than one button to initiate or terminate a phone call or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry for now or in the future communication.

Fines and Penalties;

  • Texting while driving can result in driver disqualification.
  • Fines for drivers can be as much as $2,750
  • Fines for Employers can be as much as $11,000

If you are caught multiple times texting and driving, you could be disqualified for up to 120 days.

There is no text that is worth the risk or the fines involved. It is a matter of life and death. It takes an average of 4.6 seconds to read or write a text. At 55 mph you will have traveled 371 feet.  

Recently there has been talks and video clips of people texting while walking. It is funny to watch some, but many others have died doing it. Can you imagine texting while walking into an intersection? People don’t look for traffic and get killed.

Watch the video above of a man walking into the side of a firetruck arriving at an accident. He didn’t even hear the siren let alone see the fire truck. This is really scary when you think about it. 

This is even more proof that texting and driving is dangerous. You may kill an innocent bystander or another driver. 

Driving a semi-truck requires your undivided attention. We are responsible for the whole truck which is much bigger than a four wheeler. I have strayed into the opposite lane just setting my GPS.

tractor trailer accident

My New Rules -Texting and Driving!

I had to set new rules for myself. No texting and driving! I do not want to cause harm to anyone else because of my stupidity. There is not one text, phone call or email that is so important that you risk the lives of others and yourself.

I just bought a handsfree headset. It is amazing how well it functions in a noisy truck. I have tested it with several drivers when I got it. I can keep my eyes on the road and still get a phone call.

I did some research on different brands and decided on BlueParrot. I also checked with friends of mine that drive truck and they all have the BlueParrot and love them.

BlueParrott B450-XT headsetBlueParrott B450-XT

One driver I called was on it while driving and I had to ask him if he was driving. I could not hear any background noise from his truck. I was amazed at the quality. I asked him what model he had and he told me the B250-XT. He has owned his for several years so I looked at newer models and settled on the BlueParrot B450-XT. It is one of the newest models out there.

If you are looking for a handsfree headset then get a BlueParrot. They are awesome!

When I am driving I do not text. I wait until it is time to stop and then I can respond. It is always a good excuse to take a restroom or coffee break.

No matter what the reason is, please stop the vehicle then respond. The life you save could be your own. Remember, it is your responsibility. When driving a big rig there is much responsibility.

Please refer to Safe Driving Tips

Safe driving begins with you the driver! Keep a level head. I have my text message app set to respond with “I’m driving now, I will get back to you later” when I am not available. This is a simple thing that most all smart phones offer. When they send a text they get this message immediately.

This lets the sender know 2 (two) things.

  • You are busy concentrating on your driving!
  • You take the safety of you and others on the road seriously!

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Your wife, girlfriend and other family members know your job. This plants a good idea in their mind also. Maybe they will set their messaging to do the same?

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