Stop Texting While Driving

Never-Ending Battle Fight against Distracted Driving

While we cannot definitively say that all of our collision repair projects are due to distracted driving, it is likely that many of them are. April is the month for increased awareness of distracted driving through the “U Text. U Drive. U Pay.” campaign. The heavy emphasis on “Don’t Text and Drive” campaigns from government, auto insurance and other public safety organizations is due in part to the growing concern that many people are addicted to their mobile phones. According to a study published in both the Journal of Behavioral Addictions and Huffington Post, nearly “60% of study participants think they may be addicted to their cell phones” – a dangerous condition that can prove disastrous when taken on the road.

However, as a dealership-certified collision repair shop in Phoenix, we know that while cell phones are a threat to road safety, there are many other sources of driving distractions. Here are a few to consider:

  • Physically disruptive and/or talking passengers (all ages)
  • Eating or drinking, especially when it requires efforts of unwrapping or getting a straw into a cup
  • Adjusting audio settings
  • Fatigue
  • Phone conversations (including hands-free devices)
  • Loose pets (did you know there are harnesses and hammocks designed specifically to keep your dog restrained while in the vehicle?)

Texting still is the biggest driving distraction, affecting about 30 percent of drivers, according to Allstate’s latest infographic. The data was pulled from the Allstate Reality Rides survey of 4,500 participants between 2013 and 2014.

JustDrive

Many auto manufacturers, auto body repair shops, lawyers, media outlets and bloggers are doing their part to contribute to awareness of the perils of distracted driving. From creating driving simulations and public service announcements to conversing via hashtag or social media, ending distracted driving is a campaign that everybody can get behind. Here are some of the best PSAs online right now:

Many auto manufacturers, auto body repair shops, lawyers, media outlets and bloggers are doing their part to contribute to awareness of the perils of distracted driving. From creating driving simulations and public service announcements to conversing via hashtag or social media, ending distracted driving is a campaign that everybody can get behind. Here are some of the best PSAs online right now:

  • Honda just released a PSA featuring a real-time conversation between a driver and the person they were driving to visit. The conversation continues via text until the driver is involved in an accident and is never able to respond to the person waiting for them. Honda is using hashtag #ThumbsUp to encourage those to stop texting and driving.
  • ATT’s pledge campaign is It Can Wait. Last year, their main hashtag was #ItCanWait. This year, their pledge hashtag is “#X.” The goal of the campaign is to encourage individuals to let their friends know when they are driving and will be unable to respond to messages. Simply text “X” to anyone who may be anticipating you, and they will know not to respond or interfere with your driving until you are safely able to text again.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is heavily using #JustDrive on their Twitter feed this month along with infographics, statistics and other stories of accidents caused by texting and driving.

Which hash tag or awareness campaign will you promote this month?

Premier Coach Works offers auto collision repair work for all types of vehicles, including commercial fleets. Our technicians possess several certifications, and we know you’ll be highly satisfied with our timeliness in repairing your vehicle. Business aside, we stand behind the #ThumbsUp, #X, #JustDrive and #ItCanWait campaigns providing awareness of distracted driving throughout the auto industry. Please drive safe on our Phoenix roadways.