U-Haul Launches Free Online Course to Combat Distracted Driving
In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, U-Haul International Inc. introduced its first-ever online distracted driving course as part of the company's ongoing mission to fight distracted driving.
The free, self-guided online course will work to educate drivers and raise awareness surrounding the dangers associated with distracted driving, including texting and driving. Upon completion of the course, users will have a better understanding of distracted driving, including examples of distractive behaviors, the consequences of distracted driving, ways to avoid driving distracted, and more.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), more than 3,000 deaths in automobile accidents were caused by distracted driving in 2012. At any given moment across the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving—a number that has held steady since 2010.
"Distracted driving can take on many forms, and we believe our online tutorial will not only further educate our customers about what distracted driving is and how to avoid it, but will also encourage them to become more self-aware of their own driving habits," said U-Haul Executive Vice President Stuart Shoen. "The ongoing fight against distracted driving begins with education, and we believe our course will encourage drivers to reflect on the importance of safe driving, both now, during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and in the long-term future."
As added incentive, U-Haul will offer discounts on U-HaulCarShare to those who complete the course.