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Fewer people are getting injured on the job as loss-control strategies improve, according to Keith Coleman, EVP for Beard Construction Group, Inc. However, concern is mounting about self-insured workers’ comp exposure to a troubling trend. “The biggest liability for us now is having employees in company vehicles on the road,” he reports.

Nearly everyone is guilty of some form of distracted driving. A distraction is anything that takes your attention away from what you should be focusing on. There are three main types of distraction: Visual, Cognitive and Manual. Visual is looking away; Manual physically doing something else; and Cognitive is thinking about other things.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe while driving:

  1. Limit phone use while you are driving — turn it off if necessary. Even hands-free calling and voice texting may increase the risk of an accident.
  2. Get a phone app that silences calls and texts while your car is in motion. Many of these apps send an auto-response notifying the sender that you are driving.
  3. Driving is no time for multitasking. Avoid eating, glancing at your calendar, searching for items and anything else that takes your attention away from the road.
  4. Keep conversation light when talking to passengers. Save serious discussions or important news for another time.
  5. Make sure children and pets are properly secured in their seats before driving.
  6. Pull over and park in a safe spot before adjusting controls in your car, tending to a pet or child, sending a text, or talking on your cellphone.

The CDC has plenty of facts, stats and other information on driving while distracted

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