Studies conducted in recent years have shown that an increasing number of accidents on the road have occurred due to distracted driving. Recently, McDonough adopted a new policy on accepting mobile phone calls while driving. Briefly, the policy states that drivers cannot place a hands free or hand-held call while driving and can only accept a hands free phone call of two minutes duration for personal emergency or critical travel reassignment. Our drivers must safely pull off the road and park for making or accepting longer phone calls. Company policy also bans texting and the use of other electronic devices while driving.

Why has McDonough adopted this new policy? Most importantly for the safety of our drivers and others around them. Research into the effects of driving distractions has repeatedly shown drivers talking on handheld or hands-free devices can fail to see 50% of their surroundings. While more than 50% of drivers believe hands-free is safer, the fact is you remain distracted. Vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of work-related death. Distracted driving fatalities outpaced every other kind of crash in the latest NHTSA data. Drivers are four times more likely to crash, commit driving errors, and violate traffic laws. They also have slower reaction times like alcohol impaired drivers. There are so many reasons not to, but none more important than your and your family’s safety.