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Why driving for work can mean riskier behaviors

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Many jobs in Tennessee involve driving, at least to some extent. For example, marketing managers may travel often to meet with clients.

Unfortunately, various stressors unique to job responsibilities may contribute to riskier driving behavior. This can result in collisions with fatalities and devastating injuries.

Time constraints and tight schedules

The demands of a workday often translate into tight schedules. Workers may cut corners and engage in risky behaviors such as speeding or rolling through stop signs to meet deadlines. The constant race against the clock can create a sense of urgency, leading to impulsive decisions that may compromise safety.

Inadequate training and knowledge gaps

Employees may not always receive comprehensive training on safe driving practices. Insufficient knowledge about traffic rules, proper vehicle maintenance and defensive driving techniques can contribute to risky behaviors. Without the necessary skills and understanding, workers may unknowingly engage in actions that put themselves and others at risk on the road.

Distractions and multitasking

The modern work environment is rife with technological distractions. Drivers on the job may feel the temptation to answer emails, make calls or use GPS applications. This diverts their attention from the road. The pressure to multitask can lead to lapses in concentration, delayed reaction times and an increased likelihood of accidents.

Fatigue and exhaustion

Long hours on the road can lead to fatigue and exhaustion, impairing a driver’s ability to make sound decisions. Fatigue can mimic the effects of alcohol on the body, slowing reaction times and diminishing cognitive function. Workers, attempting to meet demanding work expectations, may underestimate the impact of fatigue on their driving abilities, resulting in an increased risk of accidents.

Recognizing these factors is important for employers and employees to implement strategies prioritizing safety and mitigating potential dangers.

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