To all our valued customers:

Many businesses in our city are presently closed due to the mandatory shelter in place ordinance and it has recently been extended. Auto repair services like Thom's are classified as an Essential Business thus allowing us to to be open and available to perform the needed services on our clients vehicles . We are taking the necessary precautions to ensure proper sanitation practices in our work area and the office, as well as disinfecting the interior of your vehicles upon arrival and completion of work. We have created a No Contact drop area outside of the waiting room; payment can be accomplished via credit card over the phone. We understand that finances are being stretched at this time, but reliable vehicles are a necessity, if funding is an issue we have various option available upon request.For those sheltering in place and would prefer vehicle pick up and delivery, we are able to accommodate you within a five mile range of the shop. These are trying and uncertain times for everyone and we want all of our clients to remain healthy and safe and know you can call on us for support during you times of need.

Webbing While Driving

Americans have been listening to the “Don’t Drink and Drive” message since the late Seventies. It’s a lesson deeply rooted into our social consciousness. But an equally dangerous practice is emerging behind the wheel: using the web while driving.

In an online survey conducted by State Farm® about one in five people admitted to surfing the Internet while driving. Most of them reported accessing the net when stopped at a stop light or in heavy traffic. They also said they commonly surf the web while driving alone, during the day, or on long drives on the interstate.

Here are the top five reasons drivers opened a web browser while behind the wheel:

1. Finding/reading driving directions
2. Reading email
3. Looking up/referencing specific information of immediate interest
4. Looking at/reading social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
5. Composing/sending email

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each day, more than 16 people are killed and more than 1,300 people are injured in crashes involving distracted driving. The CDC defines distracted driving as driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving

There is a bit of good news: the U.S. Department of Transportation reports the number of young drivers observed visibly manipulating handheld electronic devices across the country dropped from 1 percent to 0.6 percent. More drivers in southern states were seen employing electronic devices than in other regions of the country.

At current count, about 40 percent of the U.S. population owns a smartphone. Unfortunately, smartphone use does not equate to smart driving.

For more information about teen driver safety and tools for new drivers, visit

"Webbing While Driving" (2011, April) State Farm Insurnace Learning Center. Retrieved from:


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