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Unruh Update | Spring News 2021

Spring Edition of the Unruh Update

Our latest quarterly release of the Unruh Update includes topics like distracted driving, our 7th Annual Cruise Night, and umbrella insurance.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

At times it seems like there are a million things to do and only so much time to do them, leading many of us to multitask. However, according to studies, most of us are probably not as good at multitasking as we like to think. That being said, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and we’re here to help spread the word.

Because doing multiple things at once can actually impair cognitive ability, it’s important to stay focused while driving. Any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the road is considered distracted driving. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, fixing hair, reading the paper (we’ve seen it) are all activities that will impair safe driving.

Consider this: Sending or reading a text will take your eyes off the road for five seconds. If you’re traveling at 55 MPH, that’s the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed. That’s a scary prospect.

In 2019 alone, 3,142 people died in distracted driving accidents in America. Because this is 3,142 too many, here are a few tips to help avoid distractions behind the wheel:

  • Use airplane mode or do-not-disturb on your mobile phone
  • Enlist a passenger to help with things like responding to texts, answering phone calls, and navigating
  • Groom before you leave
  • Get back to basics by scanning the road and using your mirrors
  • Secure items in your vehicle
  • Rubberband the newspaper

Safety Incentives

In order to reward safety on the road, ERIE Insurance has released a new smartphone app called YourTurn. The app is designed to utilize sensors in your smartphone to give you a safe-driving score based on categories such as phone distraction, speeding, acceleration, braking, and cornering. Your premium is never affected by app data.

For those looking for a gamified experience, you can compete with your family and peers by tracking leader boards, completing streaks, and unlocking new badges.

What’s in it for you? Aside from safer driving, you’ll also have a chance to earn rewards every two weeks based on your driving scores. Rewards include digital gift cards to 25+ great retailers, including Starbucks. You can even donate your rewards to charity.

To start getting rewarded for safe driving, be sure to contact our agency so we can add it to your policy and download YourTurn on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

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