Can You Use a Cell Phone While Driving A Commercial Vehicle?
Updated: Mar 16, 2019
When mobile phones came out, our life as a trucker became easier. We could call home daily, in the privacy of our own truck.
But the short answer to the questions can you use a cell phone while driving is no, unless you have a device that lets the driver talk without holding the phone in their hand.
Continue reading to find out why.
Dispatchers were able to call the driver to check on their status for deliveries, provide driver load information, and ensure the driver was still safe.
Now many trucking companies and brokers are using the smart-phone to track equipment and freight.
And with all the fun apps, a cell phone is a mini computer, that we all love to play games on, check social media post, the weather, news, and so much more.
In 2012, truckers could no longer to hold a cell phone while driving.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) researched the relationship between mobile phones and highway accidents, confirmed that unsafe driving was 6 times higher while hold a phone.
Drivers were more likely to swerve while trying to dial a phone.
Texting while driving, takes a driver’s attention and thoughts away from their immediate surroundings.
Drivers were not paying attention to the traffic around them.
Drivers were reaching across the cab of the truck to reach the ringing phone.
What happens if your caught holding a cell phone?
According to FMCSA's website,
A Commercial Moving Vehicle driver can lose their license.
A driver may be fined a penalty of up to $2,750, while the company may be fined up to $11,000.
Fines are not the only repercussions. Every trucking company has a CSA score, providing information about a company’s safe driving records, including speeding tickets, vehicle inspections, and accidents.
How to make calls while driving.
Alternatives, range from blue-tooth earpieces, headsets, speaker phones, dash mounted phones, and voice-activated dialing.
A blue-tooth ear piece, is mounted in the ear, wireless sending signals from your phone to your blue-tooth.
There are endless varieties, you might prefer a small blue-tooth that is barely noticeable.
You can even buy a blue-tooth headset that sits around your neck.
But, then again you may want something bigger may prefer a headset that is larger,a much easier to keep up with.
And you definitely need phone mount to keep your phone within viewing distance.
It gets lonely out there on the open road, your family is at home, and you just want to talk to them.
Just make sure to make the call while using a hands-free device, blue-tooth, or while parked.
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