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As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?
As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?

Unless we make some big changes in attitudes regarding cellphone use, there's trouble ahead. Why? Teens who are going to be of driving age this year or in the next few years are texting in record numbers. It's not just a stirring of interest; it's an explosion. On average, teen cellphone users are...Read More»

Texting while driving
Research: Could Texting Laws Be Increasing Crashes?

If you know that talking or texting while driving is illegal, are you just as likely to do it, but in a more concealed way that takes your eyes away from the road and jeopardizes safety? That's one of the potential explanations for new data from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the research...Read More»

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LaHood: Distracted Driving ‘An Epidemic In America’

When looking at traffic-fatality figures, there’s some good and some bad: The good is that, as we reported last week, U.S. traffic fatalities dropped in 2009, to the lowest rate since 1950, when adjusted for the overall vehicle miles traveled. The bad is that we’re still losing thousands of...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Survey: Teens Admit To Distracted Driving And Know It's Risky

Teens know that talking, texting, and eating while driving are among many dangerous distractions. Despite that, the majority of teens do them, at least occasionally, anyway. According to a new survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and AAA, nearly nine of ten drivers (86 percent) have driven while...Read More»

Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth adapter
Need To Talk Hands-Free? Here’s One Budget Bluetooth Solution

It’s a bit of a Catch-22: You’re not allowed to talk on a hand-held cellphone in at least nine states—and likely more by the time you part with your current vehicle—yet Bluetooth hands-free systems still don’t come standard on most vehicles. To compound the matter, when Bluetooth systems...Read More»

The 'Open Spot' app for Android
Parking Problems? Google Offers An App (And Good Karma) For That

For commuters and urbanites, we have good news, bad news, and good news. First, the good news: Google Labs has just launched an Android app that may help you find a parking space. The app is called Open Spot, and it allows users to pinpoint the location of any parking space that they're about to...Read More»

Texting while driving
Do You Text And Drive? Your Doctor Might Want To Know

Texting while driving: It’s a known vice; it endangers the welfare of others; and now your doctor might try to talk to you about it. In the last issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Amy M. Ship, MD, argues that physicians are in a position to spot harmful behavior and influence patients...Read More»

SIRIUS XM on Android
Sirius XM: Now Available On Android Handsets

Owners of Blackberries, iPhones, and iPods have been enjoying Sirius XM through their handheld devices since last year, and now, the popular music/talk/news radio service is expanding its reach with a new app for Android. The app is free, and if you're already a Sirius XM subscriber, there's no...Read More»

Thumb Wars - "thumb socks" texting and driving PSA
Thumb Socks Wage War Against Texting While Driving

Most of us adults--and teen drivers--now know that texting while driving is bad news. Yet about three fourths of all teens admit to texting while driving, even though the practice is banned for all drivers in 23 states in addition to the District of Columbia. And that's not even considering the...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Phone In One Hand, Ticket In The Other: Ray LaHood Gets Serious About Distracted Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has worked tirelessly to curtail distracted driving. Now, he's funding a pilot program designed to raise awareness about the dangers of talking and texting behind the wheel, and to ticket those who don't heed the warnings. The program will be centered on...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Are You Risking My Life By Driving While Talking or Texting?

  Not sure how many people saw the ad in AutoWeek a few weeks ago that showed a pistol and a blackberry with blood all over the background. I thought it was one of the most effective ads I've seen in quite a long time. I e-mailed the ad to almost everybody in my address book. It's amazing to me...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
New Jersey Serious About Ticketing Handheld Talking, Texting

When New Jersey tells you not to use a handheld cellphone to talk or text while driving, they mean it. In the 23 months since New Jersey's ban of talking or texting on handheld cellphones, police have written 224,725 citations, according to the NJ Star-Ledger—adding up to about four percent of...Read More»

Teen driving
Parents: 'Cell Cease' App Prevents Your Kids From Texting And Driving

Given all the news about distracted driving -- especially the problem of teens and their tendency to text behind the wheel -- it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a solution. And now, as they say, there's an app for that: Cell Cease. Cell Cease uses the GPS built into many...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Bluetooth Blues: Why Won't Your Phone And Car Play Nice?

If you upgrade to one of today's most popular high-end smartphones—like the iPhone or a Blackberry—from a standard flip-phone, you might be surprised to find that you can no longer take advantage of some of the features in today's most technologically advanced vehicles. Even in Ford's...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Cellphone Laws Aren't Reducing Crashes, Finds Safety Group

Here's a surprising result: Looking purely at the frequency of crashes before and after enactment, new laws that restrict the use of handheld cellphone use (calling and/or texting) while driving produce no recognizable reduction in crashes. So find researchers from the Highway Loss Data Institute...Read More»

Texting behind the wheel
Texting Ban For Commercial Drivers A Bellwether For Full Ban?

Truck or bus drivers who text while driving a commercial vehicle could be fined up to $2,750 as part of civil or criminal penalties. That's what U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today, explicitly prohibiting texting for commercial vehicle drivers. But it's not a new rule. "This is...Read More»

Ford Microsoft SYNC
Bluetooth Pairing: Getting Better, Still Sometimes Maddening

If you drive several different vehicles, or have several cellphone or smartphone handsets to juggle, you're likely familiar with the frustration: Not every phone will pair with every new-vehicle system. Whether you're shopping for a new handset or a new vehicle, you should keep this in mind, and...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
Microsoft-Powered 'Your Voice' To Debut On 2011 Kia Sorento

Kia is no longer taking second stage with respect to in-car technology. This week it's showing a new voice-control system for communication and audio that sounds every bit as full-featured as industry-leading systems such as Ford's Sync. At the time of its launch a few years ago, Ford was the only...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible
Self-Healing Paint Makes The Jump From Fenders To Phones

Nissan developed self-healing paint to protect vehicles from the surface damage caused by parking lots, home garages, and the like. Known as "Scratch Shield", it's appeared on a handful of vehicles in the U.S. like the 2009 Infiniti G37, but now the paint's making the leap to objects that see much...Read More»

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