Distracted Driving

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This is part of the Driver-Related Practices from the IOGP Land Transportation Safety Recommended Practice documented in their Report 365. This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.

Do not use your phone or operate devices while driving.

  • Using your phone while driving is a distraction and increases the risk of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Drivers do not operate a vehicle when using a mobile phone or while being distracted from the task of driving.
  • Apply the IOGP Life-Saving Rule for Driving: “I do not use phones or operate devices while driving”.


  • Focus their attention on driving and avoid being distracted by other tasks or activities.
  • Do not use a mobile phone or pager, send or read a text message, or use a hands-free mobile phone device, or two-way radio while operating a vehicle.
  • Find a safe place to pull over if it is necessary to perform a non-driving task that could lead to a distraction such as adjusting a satellite navigation device.
  • Use any in-vehicle technology (vehicle dashboard) sensibly, to avoid distraction.


  • Intervene if a driver is using a mobile phone or is otherwise distracted while operating a moving vehicle.

Supervisors, Managers, Leaders:

  • Ensure all drivers are aware of the policies and rules regarding mobile phones and distracted driving.

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