Did you know…
- Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- One in four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- An estimated 400,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
Don’t Be These Guys…Don’t become a statistic!
Take the NABC® Drive Out Distraction Challenge.
Glaser’s Collision Center is partnering with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to help reduce distracted driving and make drivers throughout the Louisville area safer on the road. Through this partnership, we hope to promote awareness and provide distracted-driving solutions.
To start, here are some simple ways to eliminate distractions in the car.
- Never text and drive! Texting takes your eyes and mind off the road and your hands off the wheel.
- Don’t answer your phone or check messages while driving. Better yet, turn these devices off when you get into your car or put them in the console
- Hands-free technology doesn’t mean accident free – talking on the phone is still a distraction from the road
- Pull over if you need to make a call, check a message, deal with passengers, eat or drink.
- Deal with distractions before you hit the road such as eating, putting on make-up, reading, combing your hair and checking messages.
- Be well rested before getting behind the wheel. If you are out late or too tired to drive home, sleep over or call Uber.
- Ensure you have clear directions to your destination and check them before you leave. Listen to your GPS device; don’t look at it.
- Adjust the seat, headrest, seatbelt, rear-view mirror, climate control, radio, etc. to your liking before you drive – and if you’re driving a rental car, make sure you’re familiar with all the controls in advance.
- Ask passengers to keep chatter to a minimum and help you navigate.
- For young drivers, remind friends that safety comes first – no selfies in the car, seatbelts always in use and no distracting the driver.
- Tell everyone that for safety reasons, you no longer answer calls or respond to messages while driving.
Lastly but most importantly: Take the NABC Drive Out Distraction Challenge! Setup “do not disturb” on phone using the following directions:
- Turn on your phone’s Do Not Disturb message while driving
- Go to Settings > Focus > Driving >While Driving – Adjust settings to activate automatically for all contacts
- Add custom messaging for Auto Reply: “I took the NABC Drive Out Distraction Challenge and I’m helping reduce distracted driving on the road. I’ll be back in touch when I arrive at my destination.”
Glaser’s Collision Centers and NABC what you to get to your destination safely. Please Drive Out Distraction. For more information about the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program, visit https://nationalautobodycouncil.org/programs/nabc-drive-out-distraction-glasers-collision-centers/