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Allstate Advises Pokemon Masters: “Don’t Catch ‘Em All While Driving”

Allstate continues to raise awareness around the dangers of distracted driving amid rising roadway fatalities

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SEATTLE — (July 20, 2016) – With the ‘Poke-nomenon’ sweeping the nation, Allstate Insurance advises Seattle drivers to not let “Pokemon Go” be a distraction while chasing down Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Articuno.

As more and more smartphone users download and play with this app, now is an especially important time to remember how dangerous distractions on the road can be. Americans are driving more and, according to the National Safety Council, there were more than 38,000 roadway fatalities in 2015, the highest number of deaths since 2008. The organization also attributed about 26 percent of all car collisions to distracted driving.

“In today’s tech-savvy world, drivers are susceptible to distractions behind the wheel,” says Seattle-area Allstate Agency Owner Kristian Landon Suson. “Pledging to avoid distractions like texting while driving is a simple act that can help ensure those we love come home safely.”

“Pokemon Go” users and all drivers alike are encouraged to use the following 10 tips to avoid distractions while driving:

  1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it’s out of reach.
  2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you’re driving and will get back to them when you’re off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
  3. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
  4. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
  5. X the TXT. Don’t ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It’s dangerous and against the law in most states.
  6. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Some states and localities prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
  7. Prepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
  8. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
  9. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
  10. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel can be dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

“Allstate has a legacy of advocating for driver safety,” Suson said. “From seatbelts and airbags to more recent campaigns targeting texting and driving to any kind of driver distraction, we continue to build awareness in an effort to better protect everyone on the road.”

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.

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