Driving is our most dangerous daily activity. Car crashes are the number one cause of death in the U.S. for ages 1-44.
In 2015, distracted driving killed 3,477 in the U.S. and injured 391,000. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. Examples of types of distraction include:
- Talking or texting on your phone (regardless of hand-help or hands free);
- Eating and drinking;
- Talking to people in your vehicle; or
- Finding with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system.
Basically, it is a description that applies to anything that takes your attention away from the primary task of safe driving.
To help combat this problem, federal employees and contractors are prohibited from texting, emailing, or engaging in any form of electronic data communication while operating a government vehicle. Additionally, federal drivers must comply with all state and local traffic laws. Agencies may have additional internal guidance.
GSA Fleet also offers an accredited Defensive Driving Course at no additional cost to all drivers of GSA leased vehicles.
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