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April 04, 2018
AAA AND HERTZ TEAM UP FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

 Motorists Urged to Take ONLINE PLEDGE  to Ditch Distractions and Drive Safely
 
 
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DEARBORN, MICHIGAN (April 4, 2018) — As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month,  AAA – The Auto Club Group and Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation are partnering with The Hertz Corporation to promote a campaign that encourages motorists to evaluate their driving habits and take a pledge to stay focused on the road, avoid cell phone use and minimize other distractions.
 
Despite multiple warnings and statistics sent out by traffic safety organizations every year, studies continue to show that distracted driving remains prevalent among drivers of all ages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving resulted in 3,450 deaths in 2016, with nearly one-tenth of fatal crashes reported involving distractions. 
 “Too many drivers use their phones while behind the wheel,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “Our hope is that by taking the pledge to drive safely, people will be more committed to staying focused on the road, knowing how easy it is for distracted driving to become a dangerous habit.”
The AAA/Hertz campaign includes an ONLINE PLEDGE , safety messages at participating Hertz rental car locations, social media campaigns and more.  AAA is celebrating 40 years of partnering with Hertz – offering exclusive discounts and benefits to AAA members – and has been working to educate the public about the risks of distracted driving since the 1980s. AAA members who take the pledge will receive additional savings on their Hertz rental car.
 “Distractions come in many forms:  cell phone use and texting, grooming, eating and drinking, interacting with passengers, reaching for things and programming various tech tools while driving.” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Through our partnership with Hertz, we can reach additional motorists with information to help save lives,”
“We’re proud to partner with AAA on this important campaign,” said Bob Stuart, Hertz Executive Vice President of Global Sales. “Working together, we hope not only to educate people about the risks of distracted driving but to make our roads safer by getting motorists to avoid distractions.” 
AAA’s Top Tips for Avoiding Driving Distractions
  1. Commit to safe driving.  By taking the ONLINE PLEDGE , drivers have the opportunity to commit to safe practices before getting on the road. 
  2. Minimize cell phone use. Use message-taking functions and return calls when you are stopped and off the road.
  3. Familiarity with vehicle controls before hitting the road.
  4. Enlist passenger help so you can properly focus on driving.
  5. Secure mobile devices and any objects that may move and distract you while driving, before you depart.
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AAA’s Top Five Tips for Preventing Texting While Driving

  1. Silence your cell:  Temporarily disable your phone’s capacity to place or receive calls or use texting.
  2. Ask for help:  Enlist the help of your passengers to handle tasks such as texting, placing a call or re-programming your GPS.   
  3. Concentrate on your commute: Set mobile boundaries. Ask family and friends to refrain from contacting you during your commute hours.
  4. Place your phone in the glove compartment or trunk:  Wait until you’re at your destination or safely pull over to check messages.
  5. Download a safety app: Many mobile safety apps can help discourage texting while driving.
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The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., operates the Hertz, Dollar Thrifty and Firefly vehicle rental brands in approximately 10,200 corporate and franchisee locations throughout North America, Europe, The Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Hertz Corporation is one of the largest worldwide airport general use vehicle rental companies, and the Hertz brand is one of the most recognized in the world. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, Ultimate Choice, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, The Hertz Corporation owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen, operates the Firefly vehicle rental brand and Hertz 24/7 car sharing business in international markets and sells vehicles through Hertz Car Sales. For more information about The Hertz Corporation, visit: AAA.com/hertz
 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) was established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010. It  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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