Poll: Distracted Drivers Top Threat to Truckers

Distracted drivers and dangerous driving of other motorists are the top threats to truck drivers on the highway, a recent Today’s Trucking survey concludes.

The monthly Pulse Survey of Today’s Trucking readers listed other motorists at the top threat, recorded by 55% of survey participants, followed by distracted drivers at 50%. Locked in a statistical dead heat — identified by between 26% and 23% of respondents — were threats including inadequate training; slips, trips and falls; driver fatigue; and road conditions.

In terms of the training that is provided, 53% of survey participants said their company provides formal onboarding programs for new employees. Other popular training options include annual safety meetings (offered by 43%), targeted training based on incidents (34%), and online training (33%).

Half of those surveyed said they had been injured on the job, but rank their general feeling of safety on the job at 3.9/5. They rated their company’s commitment to health and safety at a similar average of 3.8/5.

If a coworker was injured on the job, 69% said they would feel confident administering First Aid.

Pulse Surveys are conducted once per month, by email and through Today’s Trucking social media channels.

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