Distracted Driving

They Said It Couldn't Be Built: The World's First Attention-Powered Car
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»

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils "texting zones" along thruway and highways (9-23-13)
You Call Them "Rest Stops", New York Calls Them "Texting Zones"

The noble rest stop: an oasis of the interstate where weary travelers can relieve themselves, grab a soda, and do a few jumping jacks to perk up for the long drive ahead. Now, the rest stop is also the place to make phone calls and send text messages -- at least in New York State. This week, New...Read More»

A Moon Pie made by the Chattanooga Bakery
America's Favorite Food To Eat Behind The Wheel Is...

Like Lindsay Lohan and Jack Daniels or Mickey Rourke and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eating and driving make a terrible pair. For starters, munching behind the wheel is a distraction. No, it doesn't receive as much attention in the press as texting, talking, or tweeting, but eating...Read More»

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New Jersey Judges Rule That Yes, You Can Be Sued For Texting A Driver

Last year, we asked the question, "If you send a text to a driver, can you go to jail if he crashes?" Most folks responded, "No" -- sometimes, "No #*$&% way!" But judges in New Jersey apparently have a different opinion. DON'T MISS: Man Texts 'I Need To Quit Texting' Before Driving Off Bridge...Read More»

mock DUI crash
Americans Worry Less About Dangerous Driving Habits As Fatalities Increase

For several years, traffic fatality rates in the U.S. have been falling, reaching historic lows. Though there's some disagreement about the reasons for the decline, most credit improved safety features on automobiles (e.g. electronic stability control) and improved driving habits (e.g. wider...Read More»

Anne Murray Will Have Her Revenge On Kanye West
Anne Murray Is The Jam For Safer Teen Drivers; Kanye Loses, Again

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but maybe it is. A new Israeli study of teen drivers found that music choices affected driving ability, and that soft rock calmed driving styles while fast-paced styles like rap compromised safe driving ability. How much was that driving ability compromised? As the...Read More»

CarTube
It's Funny 'Cause It's True: CarTube

The interior of your car is a lot more distracting than it used to be. Not only do you have the same family and friends gabbing in your ear that you've always had, the same kids fighting in the backseat, the same hot coffee sloshing onto your lap, the same terrible talk radio stations forcing you...Read More»

AT&T texting-while-driving simulator, offered by The Peers Foundation
Drivers' Ed, Updated For The Modern World

Visit a drivers' education classroom today, and chances are, it'll look very similar to the one you sat in ten or twenty years ago: the same charts on the walls, the same well-meaning public-service posters, and of course, the same driving simulators with the same Nixon-era filmstrips. But...Read More»

American flag
July 4 Remains The Deadliest Day For American Drivers

July 4 is many things to many people. To most U.S. adults, it's a day off. To the gregarious, it's a day to spend around the grill with friends and family. And to pyrophiles, it's a little slice of heaven on Earth. July 4 also marks the start of car-theft season. And according to the Insurance...Read More»

Singing in the car
Rock On, Gold Dust Woman: Listening To Music Isn't A Distraction In The Car

Nowadays, there's plenty of stuff to distract drivers from the task at hand. Cell phones. Bluetooth headsets. Kids. But you know what's not a distraction? You know what's hunky-dory? You know what might actually boost concentration in the car? Music. That's according to Ayca Berfu Unal, an...Read More»

Teens in car - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Ford Teen Driving Survey: Guys Speed, Girls Talk

With vehicle crashes the leading cause of death among teens, a new teen driving survey looks at teen driving practices, behaviors and perceptions – and shows some surprising (and not so surprising) results. Conducted for Ford by Penn Schoen Berland, the study involved 500 teens aged 15...Read More»

Police car with headlights on
New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...Read More»

Bluetooth headset concept by Ilshat Garipov
More Proof That Hands-Free Devices Are Distracting

If you enjoy using Bluetooth headsets or making calls through your dashboard, we have some bad news: a recent study suggests that using hands-free devices can be a major distraction for drivers. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta, and it's one of several that have...Read More»

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Insurance Firm Partners With Anti-Texting Gadget-Maker: A Sign Of Things To Come?

UPDATE: See below We've seen plenty of insurance companies offering discounts for devices that track driving habits like mileage and hard braking. Now, one small U.S. insurer is doing something a little different in a ploy to cut down on distracted driving -- and presumably, the accidents it...Read More»

Screencap from 2011 Toyota Sienna ad campaign
The Biggest Driving Distraction For Parents? It's Not What You Think

We all remember what it was like to be a kid, trapped in the back seat, cutting up with brothers or sisters or schoolmates. Our parents would turn around and give us "that look", promising all sorts of punishments if we didn't keep still. Occasionally, they'd pull over to the side of the road...Read More»

Rafael de Mestre's Crashed Tesla Roadster (via Facebook)
U.S. Highway Fatality Rate Rises For First Time In Six Years

U.S. drivers may have felt safer than ever on the road in 2012, thanks to ever-better vehicle protection. Yet the number of people killed on U.S. highways took an alarming step in the wrong direction, rising for the first time in six years and marking the end of our longest continuous stretch of...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Six Rules Of The Road You Should Observe (But Probably Won't)

Journalists who cover the auto industry drive a lot of cars. Which means we like to think we know a little more about driving than other people. Not you, of course. Statistically, you know you're a better driver than most other people on the roads. We're talking about those other ones. But each of...Read More»

Bluetooth headset concept by Ilshat Garipov
NHTSA's Distracted-Driving Guidelines Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay

In February of 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a rough draft of preliminary recommendations on distracted driving. Those recommendations were aimed specifically at automakers in the hopes of guiding the vehicle design...Read More»

Distracted driving
Study: Hands-Free Texting Is No Safer Than Typing

A debate is raging about taking and making hands-free calls behind the wheel. Some folks think the practice is perfectly safe, while others (like the National Transportation Safety Board) believe that all conversations are distracting, whether or not drivers hold a phone to their ear. But what...Read More»

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