Is Your Cell Phone Affecting Your Driving?

cell-phone-car_edited-1Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well, enjoying the outdoors and summertime. I guess I’m on a safety kick here. I’m piggybacking this post off of the last one I did: 6 Effortless Ways To Ruin Your Utility Trailer.

I know this topic has already been drilled into you, but I suppose that’s because the problem will unfortunately, probably never resolve. We have a story from a customer to share with you today. But before I get to that, I’d like to break the ice with some alarming statistics that I pulled from EdgarSnyder.com. (I should also mention that these coincided with all the facts I read on other websites as well.)

  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
    ~Edgar Snyder and Associates 

texting-while-drivingScary stuff, huh? Some of it is hard to believe. It’s crazy to me how something that seems second nature to us can be so deadly. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can manage your phone and your driving simultaneously. You may think: “Oh I’ll just glance at this text real quick and send a reply at the next red light.” Or: “I just have to find this contact and get the call going and I will be good to go.” (By the way, I just thought this photo on the right was funny.)

Here’s the thing.

No one using their phone thinks they’re about to crash.

Everyone thinks they have it under control just like everyone seems to think they are a good driver. We don’t anticipate for these accidents to happen. You don’t know when someone is going to stop in front of you or swerve towards you. And the scariest part is that it only takes one time. Just 3 seconds of having your eyes off the road is enough to seal your fate.

The whole reason I am bringing this up today is because of an accident a customer was in. It was an accident that didn’t have to happen and it could have been a LOT worse.

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Our customer was on the highway, pulling this horse trailer.

Did that make you cringe a little?

I know it made me uneasy. But, THANKFULLY, there were no horses in this trailer. **Big sigh of  relief**

Anyways, as he we was driving, he was side swiped by another vehicle.

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The other driver was an expecting mom. And that’s where I cringed again. THANKFULLY, her and the baby are presumed to be just fine. Unfortunately, this woman was texting as she was driving. Her recoil from hitting the horse trailer sent her crashing hard into the ditch and the damage to the trailer was pretty extensive. Unable to keep moving, our customer had to find other means of transporting his trailer. That’s when he got it onto a flatbed tow truck and brought it to us.

unnamed (1)The impact on the trailer ripped off the heavy duty fender as you can see in the left two pictures. It also broke the axle spindle off and tore up the wheel. Unfortunately, it also destroyed the second axle to the point where it couldn’t be repaired. Once again, I was so relieved to hear that the trailer was empty and that everyone involved were okay. This accident could have been so much worse on so many levels. Lives could have been lost and more vehicles could have ended up in the mix.

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You have to wonder what this expectant mom felt after this accident. I’m not here to pass judgement or condemn texting drivers. I just want everyone to REALIZE what a couple innocent glances at a phone can really do. Being safe on the roads isn’t just about getting from one place to the next in one piece. Most of us encounter hundreds of other vehicles every day. Putting down the phone is about their safety too.

Don’t wait until you get in a wreck to stop using your phone while behind the wheel. Please be smart and give your driving your undivided attention. We have all heard stories of lives lost and we’ve all seen pictures of distorted faces after a car crash that could have been prevented. I guarantee that not a single one of those text messages or phone calls was worth the consequences.

Have you or a friend ever been in a car crash that resulted from a text message? Comment on this link on our Facebook Page and share this post! If this post makes just one person decide to stop using their phone on the roads, I will be happy with that. 🙂NATDA_ProudMember15_transB

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Six Effortless Ways to Ruin Your Utility Trailer

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Trailers are fun to buy and most of us have money to buy as many as we want, right? So it doesn’t really matter how well we take care of them. In fact, the quicker they need a replacement, the better. That means that you can just go buy another one. So let me help you out and tell you the 6 most common (and accidental) ways to destroy a trailer.

6 Ways to Wreck A Utility Trailer

1. Overload Your Utility Trailer

This is by far the quickest way to ruin a trailer. Every trailer has a weight capacity and it often gets overlooked. More importantly, your tow vehicle has a limit to be considerate of. Exceeding your vehicle’s weight limits can result in dangerous consequences like tire blowouts, busted suspensions and even brake and transmission failure. For those of you who do want to keep your vehicle and trailer in tact, you can learn how to find your vehicle’s weight ratings here.

Overloading your trailer can be a double whammy. You’ll be back at Grandville Trailer to purchase a trailer and we will send you over to D&L Auto Sales for your new tow vehicle! And while we’re on the subject of overloads, check out our rental trailer video which displays several overloaded vehicles. Enjoy!

2. Don’t Repack Your Bearings

It’s not important anyways, right? Rusty trailer wheel bearings aren’t a big deal. And if they do fail while you’re on the highway, it will just be a fun experience for everyone! There’s lots of nice people that will be happy to pull over and help. Let’s be honest, skipping this little step will definitely help you to achieve that “roadside experience.” But if you would rather be one of those people who don’t break down, you can read 5 Steps to Repacking Your Trailer Bearings. Better yet, bring it in and have us do it for you. Our service guys are the best bearing re-packers in West Michigan!

3. Don’t Check Tire PressureTyre Inflation

Here’s another opportunity to break down on the highway! All you have to do to blowout your tires is make sure they are a bit under-inflated. It also helps if they are worn out and if you drive fast. It’s really just that simple. However I have heard that some people do like to take care of their trailer tires. If that’s you, you can read 10 Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.

4. Load Unevenly

They say to load your cargo evenly throughout your trailer with about 60 percent of the weight in front on the axle. Weight in the front keeps pressure on the hitch, helping the tow vehicle and trailer to stay connected and maneuvering smoothly. So theoretically, for rough and dangerous towing, all you have to do is put a bunch of really heavy stuff in the back. Easy enough.

download5. Ignoring Those Rust Spots

It just adds character, right? To step it up a notch, you can avoid washing your trailer all together, especially in the winter. After driving through the slushy roads, the salt will eat your trailer right up. Not rinsing it off will cause it to corrode faster. It’s really pretty easy to take care of rust spots, but it’s even easier to just leave them alone and let them spread!

6. Drive Recklessly

This is the most obvious way to ruin your trailer. And this is where I’ll stop joking around. Everybody knows that driving fast with a big, heavy trailer attached to your truck is just not good common sense. Yet somehow, it still happens all the time. It baffles my mind when I see a truck and trailer flying by, weaving in and out of lanes. I know we all have important places to be, but putting other’s safety in jeopardy will never be worth any extra time you may make up for on the  highway.


I certainly hope that none of our readers fall under these categories. And if so, I hope you will reconsider and take better care of your trailer and tow vehicle. Taking proper care of your truck and trailer will aid in keeping yourself and others safe on the road.

Besides driving off a cliff or using a sledge hammer, can you think of any other ways to ruin your utility trailer? What did I miss? You can comment on this link on our Facebook Page. Thank you and have a great week!

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

This post was brought to you by Ally Mollenkamp.

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