Distracted Driving

Uh-Oh: Police Radar Guns Could Soon Tell If You're Texting, Too
Uh-Oh: Police Radar Guns Could Soon Tell If You're Texting, Too

Privacy is taking a real beating. Every few weeks, another group of hackers nicks our beloved credit card numbers, or a legion of crafty young gentlemen burrow into the online storage accounts of certain female celebrities, proving that iCloud isn't the Fort Knox of data we were promised. And as if...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Idaho Home To America's Rudest Drivers, But Where Do The Nice Ones Live?

We've all encountered rude drivers. Some have behaved aggressively, cutting us off and flipping the bird as they zoomed ahead. Others have been more passive, like the kind of self-absorbed numbskulls who putter along in the passing lane, leisurely enjoying a cell phone chat. The folks at Insure.com...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
General Motors May Be The First To Offer Cars That Detect Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving is a hot topic these days. Beyond the usual distractions of burgers, babies, and blush, now we have to deal with smartphones, infotainment systems, and a host of other bright, shiny things. Many companies and organizations have tried to put the brakes on distracted driving, from...Read More»

Automobile accident, Washington, D.C., 1923
July 4: Still The Deadliest Day Of The Year For American Drivers

It's been said before, and unfortunately, it's still true: July 4 remains the deadliest day of the year for American motorists. It's particularly deadly for younger drivers. Between 2008 and 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that a total of 630 people were killed on July 4 --...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: Adults Talk & Text While Driving, Even Though They Know Better

In theory, adults are wiser than children. They've had more life experiences, they've seen ups and downs, they know what's good for them and, presumably, what's not. That's why we tend to focus our energies on warning teens about the dangers of distracted driving, rather than their parents. We...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Drivers Hate Texters, Love Classic Rock, And Other Findings From Expedia's Road Rage Report

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season, and to get you in the mood, Expedia has published its annual Road Rage Report. Some of the findings may surprise you, and a few might suggest ways for you to improve your own driving habits. In gathering data for the 2014 report...Read More»

BMW's 'Don't Text and Drive' ad
Another Study Confirms That Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving

We tend to think that adults are smarter than children. Over the years, they may have become less inquisitive and more hesitant, but still, all that life experience ought to give them an edge, right? Apparently, that's not the case when it comes to texting and driving. ALSO SEE: Women Say Men With...Read More»

Distracted driving
Decide To Drive Wants "Wreckless" Driving

Backseat drivers are annoying, but then again, so are distracted drivers. Fortunately, there is a distracted driving prevention program called Decide to Drive that now helps you try to prevent the latter without becoming the former. Decide to Drive is sponsored by American Academy of Orthopaedic...Read More»

Honda's anti-texting ad for Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2014
Honda Takes A Less-Graphic Approach In New Anti-Texting Ad: Is This More Effective?

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a heart-stopping PSA for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Now, Honda has posted one of its own -- one that takes a considerably less graphic approach. Is one more effective than the other? As you'll see from the clip...Read More»

'Manifesto' anti-texting ad from NHTSA
NHTSA Gets It Right: New Anti-Texting Ad Will Give You A Heart Attack

It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a public service announcement that will probably scare the bejesus out of you. That's a good thing. When it comes to PSAs, there are, broadly speaking, three approaches...Read More»

Distracted-driving texters caught in the act  -  TWITSpotting.com
Public Shaming With Billboards: Any Less Likely To Text And Drive?

Imagine going out on the town with the boss, and seeing... yourself, caught in the act, texting while driving. That's what's happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a graphic designer, Brian Singer, has received a lot of media attention for purchasing space on Billboards to share his...Read More»

Screencap from the 'Red Thumb Reminder' campaign to end distracted driving
5 Tricks To End Distracted Driving That Are Easier Than Painting Your Nails Red

People use nail polish for a lot of things. They use it to paint their nails, obviously. They also paint keys to identify them at a glance. And, fun fact: nail polish is great for holding screws in place. But that's not how the people at Evolution Bureau use nail polish. No, at least one employee...Read More»

Google Glass
Google Glass Driver Cleared Of Wrongdoing: This Is Why Distracted Driving Laws Won't Work

In November of 2013, Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving. However, Abadie insisted that she wasn't using Glass at the time, even though the device was turned on. She fought the ticket in court, and yesterday she won. But here's the interesting part: the court didn't...Read More»

Distracted driving
Experienced Drivers Are Safer Drivers -- Until They Reach For Their Phones (Video)

You probably don't need a research scientist to tell you that young drivers are more likely to be involved in auto accidents than their older, more experienced peers -- but just in case, the New York Times reports that a team led by Virginia Tech University's Charlie Klauer has conducted a study to...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
The Driver Of That SUV Could Be A Trooper Watching You Text

If you're one of the 38.9 million American motorists planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving and you've got a penchant for texting behind the wheel, keep an eye on the driver beside you – especially if you're in New York and she's in a big SUV. According to the New York Times, troopers in...Read More»

Older driver with phone
Yikes: Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf The Internet While Driving

Bad news for foes of distracted driving: a new survey from State Farm says the problem is getting worse, even though drivers know better. In July 2013, the Annual State Farm Distracted Driving Survey polled 1,014 adults across the U.S., asking them about their behavior behind the wheel and their...Read More»

'Car mode' concept by Joey Cofone, Michael Vanderbyl, and Malin Reedijk
Does The iPhone Need A "Car Mode"? Would You Use It? (Video)

We spend a lot of time writing about the problem of distracted driving and various solutions offered by app-makers and automakers. With few exceptions, though, handset manufacturers like Apple and Samsung haven't been working overtime to address the public's concerns about texting and talking...Read More»

More than ten percent have participated in sexual activity while driving
Survey: 25 Percent Would Give Up Sex To Be Traffic-Free

The daily wear and tear of traffic really gets to us. So much, it seems, that we're willing to give up some things we treasure—and perhaps some stress relievers—in order to be free of the grasp of gridlock. In a recent survey, more than a quarter of those polled said that they would...Read More»

Attention Powered Car, built by Emotiv & the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
They Said It Couldn't Be Built: The World's First Attention-Powered Car

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a prototype device developed in Japan that can scan a driver's brainwaves, deterring theft and ensuring that the driver is awake and sober. According to Cnet, electronics company Emotiv and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia have now announced...Read More»

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