With distracted driving a growing problem in the United States, auto repair shops are seeing a boost in business, but they aren’t necessarily happy about it.
A recent story from KXTV, an ABC affiliate in Sacramento, covered a local auto shop which has seen an increase in fender benders and other incidents caused by distracted driving. Repairs can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars for, as KXTV put it, a few seconds of distraction. A fender bender can cost more than $2000 in repairs, and a side dent can cost as much or more than $500 depending on the vehicle.
Tyler, one of the auto shop employees, encouraged drivers to use technology that is available and on the market such as Bluetooth hands-free devices so that they don’t take their eyes off the road. “That brief second that you take a look to see who e-mailed you or texted you could cost you a significant amount of money.”
Repair shops might be happy about the extra business, but they would rather have safer roads for all drivers. There isn’t a text, a call, or an e-mail worth getting into an accident and putting yourself and others in danger. Get a hands-free system, or for a less expensive option, simply turn off your phone while driving.
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