Distracted Driving Surges in the US

Man driving while on phone | Victoria, TX

Following spring’s unprecedented lack of traffic on the road, it appears that many drivers are getting back in the swing of things on the daily commute. Unfortunately, a recent distracted driving study suggests that drivers are returning to their normal driving routines with a smartphone in one hand and a latte in the other.

According to the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netradyne, 82 percent of the participants claim that distracted driving is on the rise based on their experiences on the road. And half of those surveyed believe that roadways are more dangerous than ever. This sentiment isn’t surprising in the slightest given the fact that one out of every seven drivers surveyed said that they or their vehicle were injured as a result of distracted driving. Furthermore, one in five surveyed said that they were legally reprimanded for driving while distracted.

The study attempted to uncover some of the reasons for the sudden upswing in distracted driving. Netradyne points out that summer, sometimes referred to as “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is the first time many teen drivers are on the road. In addition to inattentive youngsters, this summer saw many rusty drivers return to work after several months off the road.

The Atzenhoffer family wants you to stay safe this summer, so please put your phone in “do not disturb” mode while on the road. And remember to stop by in person to browse our selection of new vehicles, if you’re in need of a safe new ride to boost your confidence behind the wheel.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions: Be a Better Driver in 2019!

New Year's Driving Tips

You have resolved to saying “no” to second helpings. You are committed to spending less money at restaurants and more time cooking family meals at home. You are telling yourself you’re going to start telling Netflix “no” when it asks if you’re still there. But, how about some New Year’s driving resolutions as well? The world could always use a few more great drivers on the roads!


Say No to Speeding

It’s tempting to inch up past 70, then 75, then 80 mph when you’re cruising down the freeway. But, the habit of speeding is a wildly unsafe one. Speeding decreases your reaction time and can increase the severity of a crash. Not to mention, it can come with a hefty financial fine as well. Say no to speeding in 2019.


Put Down the Device

Phones are fun. Phones have great stuff in them. Phones are incredibly dangerous when wielded by a driver. Resolve to leave your phone in your bag or somewhere else out of sight when you’re on the road. Put down the device in 2019.


Practice Kindness on the Road

Yes, they are cutting you off. Yes, they should have tried to merge a mile ago. Yes, the world is full of inconsiderate drivers. But, you can match them by displaying a little bit of patience and generosity, thereby making the road less stressful and safer for us all. Practice kindness on the road in 2019.


Here at our Atzenhoffer dealerships, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and enjoyable new year in 2019.