August 28th, 2014
DISTRACTIONS. If you are taking a test, more than likely you would consider getting 99% of the questions correct would be an excellent score. Now that score also means that 1% of the time you made a mistake on the test’s questions. You may think that as insignificant. You’ve probably heard me say or write that a typical person makes 180 decisions per minute while driving. Using that same process means that you make 1.8 mistakes per minute or 108 mistakes per hour. If extended that average out to a 10 hour day behind the wheel you would have made 1,080 mistakes during the day. I hope that you will agree that 99% is no longer so impressive. When it gets dicey is when the decisions that you make are dangerous decisions that lead to a distraction. I doubt if anyone would consider driving blindfolded but effectively that is what you are doing when you are distracted. Please consider the four greatest distractions that are common on the road:
As a professional driver, you are concerned about keeping your CSA score at 0 but did you know that texting and cell phone usage holds a 10 point severity weight? This means that from the date of the violation and for the next 6 months that the violation is worth 30 points. In addition to the affect that using a handheld cellphone while driving has on your CSA score, it can also mean a fine of up to $2,750.
HAZMAT Transportation Security. In a few weeks we will be observing the 13th year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For whatever reason, terrorist attacks seem to gravitate toward the 9/11 date. Since the 2001 attack, many of the terrorist hierarchy have been killed or captured. Some of the organizations have splintered and opened operation under a new name. Recently some of those captured have been released and are known to be back in circulation and have resumed their role as terrorists. For the past six to eight months the chatter has been that terror networks are planning another major attack on or about the 9/11 anniversary in hopes to rekindle their radical agenda. Individually we cannot do much to defend ourselves but collectively we can thwart their success or even cause them to fumble the ball. You should: