Dave's Auto Center's tow truck was recently dispatched yet again to the scene of a crash involving a young driver who was distracted when using a cell phone. Fortunately, this time there were no fatalities, or even injuries. This young lady had received her driver's license that very day. She was distracted by being on her phone talking with her brother seconds before the crash. Although she had hung up the phone, she hadn't been focusing on her driving, and had been coasting downhill with the truck in neutral while the vehicle was not running.
Unable to use the brakes at full capacity, she crashed through a neighbor's yard, taking down small trees and narrowly missing the trampoline on the left of the photo. This is a trampoline area that is usually populated with young children. The owners of the home have 6 children, ages 12 and younger, who are often playing in that very area. But they were all safely inside watching a movie when the truck came careening through their backyard, ending up teetering on their retaining wall. The young driver was shaken and crying, but unharmed.
We see this all too often in our towing business: wrecks caused by young drivers who have been on their cell phones while driving. Being a AAA approved shop, we sought the help of AAA for suggestions for our customers with young drivers. They recommended this series of educational videos that can help alert teens to some of the hazards on the road. They are short and captivating video clips that cover a variety of topics, including the hazards of distracted driving.
From all of us at Dave's Auto Center, we wish you and your family a safe driving experience.
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