While new cars these days are equipped with seatbelt alarms, adaptive cruise control technology, blind spot monitoring, and emergency braking alerts, the one thing that can ultimately help prevent accidents is you! Your car may have fancy backup cameras, “keep your hands on the wheel” alarms, and automatic cruise control, but in the end, these things that are meant to keep you safer can occasionally lead to decreased alertness as you are driving. For example, you may feel like you can take your hands and eyes off the road to send a text message because your car will stop for you if you get too close to someone or let you know if you leave your lane, but your smart car cannot be responsible for all of this. Ultimately, you are in control of your vehicle, and distracted driving leads to accidents.
From minor repairs to major wrecks or hail damage, our certified technicians will get you and your family back on the road safely. But we also want you to stay safe by preventing accidents. Texting, phone calls, distracted driving, and anything else that takes your eyes off the road can wait. National statistics show that texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 miles an hour, that’s equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Driving distracted means you are:
* 25 more times likely to have a wreck if texting.
* 12 times more likely if you are reaching for an item in the car while driving .
* 6 times more likely to wreck if you are reading or looking at GPS.
* 5 times if you are grooming, applying makeup, checking out hair or eating.
Please save those calls and texts until you can safely pull over and stop. Keep you, your family, and our community safe by being a good driver.