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CARSTAR Joins National Auto Body Council to Highlight Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April

CARSTAR is teaming up with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to promote safe driving throughout April, designated nationally as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and all year long with the It Can Wait campaign.

Eighty percent of Americans believe hands-free cell phone use while driving is safer. This is a dangerous misconception, according to a recently published study by the University of Calgary in the February issue of the journal Human Factors, which found almost equally high accident rates among users of hand-held and hands-free devices.

“We want to remind all drivers that when they are behind the wheel, they have just one job, and that is to focus on driving,” said Arlo Johnson, U.S. Vice President of Sales for CARSTAR and member of the NABC board of directors.  “Our goal is to help drivers reduce distractions on the road and get to their destinations safely.”

April is an especially critical month for teen drivers because of prom season, followed by graduation celebrations, and then the “100 deadliest days of summer” beginning Memorial Day when more teenagers are on the road during the school recess.

The National Auto Body Council, a business advocate partner with AT&T’s It Can Wait program, cites survey results showing 97 percent of teens say texting while driving is dangerous — yet alarmingly 43 percent admit to doing so. Teens are not the only guilty parties – the AT&T study also reveals nearly half of commuters (49 percent) admitted to texting while driving — a higher rate than reported by teens.

CARSTAR and the National Auto Body Council urge drivers of all ages to act this month:

Install and use apps that block texts and phone calls when you are behind the wheel
• Reading just one text message keeps your eyes off the road an average of five dangerous seconds
Take the pledge to end distracted driving at com — then text NABC to 50555 to reinforce your commitment to the pledge with NABC

“As a collision repairer, we know all too well the consequences of texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors,” said Johnson.  “Let’s all make a pledge to end distracted driving, keep our eyes on the road and help make our community safer.”

GOOD HOMEWORK FIRST STEP IN A HIGH-QUALITY COLLISION REPAIR

You would never go to a doctor before checking their credentials and references, so why wouldn’t you do the same when taking your car in for collision repair? CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers the following tips for getting to know a collision shop before turning over your car to them. “It’s all about doing […]

Review Your Repair to Make Sure It’s Right: CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts Offers Tips to Ensure Your Quality Collision Repair

CHARLOTTE (February 2018) — Your vehicle is all repaired and ready to roll, but how do you know if the repair was done correctly?  There are some simple steps you should take to review what’s been repaired on your car and ensure everything is operating like it should be. Dean Fisher, Chief Operating Officer for […]

NEW DISCOUNTS, SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES MAY SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE

CARSTAR North America Offers Tips to Ensure You Have the Best Coverage for Your Car     CHARLOTTE (January 5, 2018) – For many people, the start of a NewYear brings resolutions, including how to save more money in the year ahead. One smart resolution is a review of your car insurance policy.  New discounts, […]

SLIP SLIDING AWAY: SOMETIMES VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY NO MATCH FOR TREACHEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts Offers Tips on How to Keep Your Car Safe and on the Road  CHARLOTTE (December 6, 2017) — Cold weather can create some of the harshest driving conditions of the year. And, the months between October and February top the list for accidents, vehicle damage and injuries. “Advanced safety technology […]

CARSTAR – Keys to Progress 2017

CARSTAR AUTO BODY REPAIR EXPERTS JOINS PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE AND THE  NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL FOR FIFTH ANNUAL VETERAN’S DAY KEYS TO PROGRESSSM EVENT   Military Veterans and Families to Receive Special Vehicle Donations in Appreciation of Their Service CHARLOTTE (October 25, 2017) – This Veterans Day, a number of the country’s veterans and their families […]

DON’T LET HALLOWEEN PLAY TRICKS ON YOUR STREETSIDE SAFETY

Visibility, Focused Driving Key for Trick-or-Treat Safety CHARLOTTE (October 18, 2017) — As kids hit the streets for trick-or-treat, keeping them safe is paramount.  For drivers, it’s important to pay extra attention to the festivities on the streets and sidewalks and slow down to avoid accidents. Accidents involving pedestrians quadruple on Halloween, according to AAA.  […]

CARSTAR Welcomes New Locations

  Locate your newest CARSTAR location CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities, is proud to introduce the following new locations into the CARSTAR family. ARIZONA: CARSTAR Autopro Collision Chandler, Chandler, AZ CARSTAR East Valley Collision , Mesa, AZ CARSTAR Right Choice Collision, Tucson, AZ […]

CARSTAR Continues the Popular Estimating Accuracy Training Sessions around the Country

  CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is continuing its popular Estimating Accuracy and Insurance Performance training program, holding the most recent session in Seattle for more than 25 CARSTAR store owners and team members.   Led by the CARSTAR Insurance and Operations departments, the training program focuses on key metrics, process improvements, technology enhancements, and […]

OH DEER! DEER ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, WE’RE HERE TO HELP

North America’s Collision Repair Experts Weigh in on the Hefty Costs of Hitting a Deer   CHARLOTTE (October 13, 2017) – It’s the annual battle of the bumpers versus the bucks, the does against the doors.  Both parties lose when car and deer collide, but a measure of defensive driving can reduce the risks. CARSTAR […]

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