Distracted Driving

It is so easy to be distracted when driving. I find that I am far more focused when driving our motorcoach than when I am driving our car. With our motorcoach I keep our highway speed at 62 mph and I am constantly checking the road ahead and I am constantly checking my mirrors. Lorraine looks after the navigation as I do not want to be scanning GPS devices while driving.

And I certainly do not want to be checking my smartphone.

I’m not sure what led to this particular incident but the end result of clipping a semi-trailer was devastating. Fortunately the driver survived without any injuries. He was the only person on board.

Here is a video of the incident along with the a brief tour of what remained of the coach in the wrecking yard.

In reviewing the video, it looks as though the driver was not anticipating the road ahead until just a few seconds before impact. Here is a frame taken about 5 seconds before the coach clipped the semi-trailer.

What caused this incident? I wasn’t in the seat and I don’t know what else may have been going on as the driver approached the truck. The driver appears to react much too late in this situation. He may have been distracted. He might have been going too fast. He may not have been looking down the road. Or perhaps he was squeezed in by traffic and had no option to avoid an impact.

The aftermath shows just how little protection we have in this class of motorcoach. If there had been someone in the passenger seat, I suspect they would have received serious injuries.

Be careful out there.

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