Distracted Driving

Want To End Texting & Driving? Belgium Shows How It's Done (Video)
Want To End Texting & Driving? Belgium Shows How It's Done (Video)

It seems as if every other day, there's another story about distracted driving: who's guilty, who's trying to end it, and new, unexpected dangers. But of all the news, nothing gets as much attention -- or causes as big of a stir -- as texting and driving. The problem isn't limited exclusively to...Read More»

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Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink on the topic of distracted driving. It's been a problem for decades, of course -- since the historic moment two people first piled into a Benz Patent-Motorwagen and began arguing over directions. The problem was made worse (at least in America) by drive-through...Read More»

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True Or False: Hands-Free Calls Are Safer Than Hand-Held?

Today, 10 states and several U.S. territories have banned the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers. The thinking behind those laws is that folks need to keep their hands on the wheel, and trying to fumble with a mobile device is a major distraction. But we have to wonder: have state...Read More»

DOT's Distracted Driving Design Challenge
Students, Get Creative: Design An Icon Against Distracted Driving

If you are a student between the ages of 13 and 18, an avid follower of social networks, and feel you have a flair for design, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood invites you to take up the DOT’s Distracted Driving Design Challenge. Of course, you should know that...Read More»

YouTube's Nikkie in a distracted driving ad from Volkswagen
Distracted Driving Tip: Don't Put On Make-Up & Drive (Video)

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so organizations around the world have ramped up efforts to remind motorists about the importance of keeping both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. Of course, when we think of distracted driving, we tend to think about the use of mobile...Read More»

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Tax Day Is Deadly For Drivers: Be Careful Out There

If you're an early filer, you might've forgotten that tomorrow is tax day. That could be a deadly mistake. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tax day is dangerous for drivers, with 6% more traffic fatalities than on other days. The study was led by...Read More»

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Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Trains Teens To Become Safer Drivers

With high school proms and graduation coming up, parents are likely to relax the rules and give their teens more latitude and driving privileges. Yet the fact is that a 16-year-old is ten times more likely to become involved in a crash as an adult driver, and crashes are the number one killer of...Read More»

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Idaho, West Virginia Add Tough Driver Anti-Texting Laws

It’s only fitting that during April, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, two more states, Idaho and West Virginia, have just passed tough bans on texting while driving. That leaves just 13 states remaining to come on board with legislation aimed at combating this dangerous form of...Read More»

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina Bans Driver Use Of Mobile Phones

While many states, counties and municipalities have laws on the books regulating the use of cell phones while driving, Chapel Hill, North Carolina has become the first city in the United States to enact an outright ban on the use of cell phones behind the wheel. We’re not referring to texting...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Top Teen Driver Distraction? Electronic Devices, Says AAA Study

Parents of newly-licensed teens, take note. In the first study using in-car video footage to focus specifically on teen distracted driving, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that teenage girls are twice as likely as teen boys to use text and use cell phones or other electronic devices...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
States With All Driver Texting Ban: 35 Down, 15 To Go

Come this Thursday, March 8, Pennsylvania will be the latest state with an all-driver texting ban that goes into effect. The tally so far: 35 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have laws prohibiting drivers from texting behind the wheel. That leaves 15 states still...Read More»

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Have Your Say On Distracted Driving At Three Upcoming NHTSA Public Hearings

Before any ruling goes into effect on the complex and emotional issue of distracted driving, the public still has time to provide comments. This comes in the form of three public hearings that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold in mid-March. On February 24, 2012...Read More»

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AAA Highlights New Vehicle Technology Trends In 2012

As the array of new vehicle technologies continues to increase, so, too does the trend toward consumer acceptance. That’s the gist of what AAA has found in its analysis of new vehicle technology trends in 2012. Considering that anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC), at...Read More»

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One In Five Teens Reports Driving Under Marijuana Influence, Study

What should serve as a wake-up call to parents of teen drivers comes in the form of a new study that shows one in five teens (19 percent) reports driving while under the influence of marijuana. The most recent study of teen driving behavior and attitudes is from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD...Read More»

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Fisker, 2013 Lexus ES, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, Honda issued a recall while GM released details regarding the 2014 Cruze Diesel. The Tesla Roadster's battery became a car meme and Murilee Martin has a new guilty pleasure. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. LG wants to end distracted...Read More»

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Apps, Schmaps: LG Aims To End Distracted Driving With Stickers

Mobile phones are often criticized as distractions, particularly for drivers. According to Mashable, however, handset maker LG aims to make modern life a little more focused, thanks to some well-placed stickers. Like the automobile, the television, and many other inventions, mobile phones bring...Read More»

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DOT Releases “Voluntary” Guidelines For Automakers Aimed At Curbing Distracted Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released proposed “voluntary” and “nonbinding” guidelines for automakers to encourage them to develop “less distracting” in-vehicle electronic devices. U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the...Read More»

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SYNC To Be Standard On All 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex Models

Drivers who just have to make or take that call and don’t currently use a hands-free system, and may be in the market for a new vehicle, could be persuaded to check out the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and redesigned 2013 Ford Flex crossover. Why? Because Ford has just announced...Read More»

Teen Driver - Ed Cunicelli, courtesy The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
New Studies Look At Teen Drivers And Passengers: The Other Form Of Distracted Driving

Talking on cell phones and texting may be the most widely-known examples of teen distracted driving, but two new studies just released warn of the dangers that multiple passengers pose to teen drivers. The pair of studies, from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm teen...Read More»

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