Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving, Audi U.S. Production Plans, Aston Martin IPO: Car News Headlines
Distracted Driving, Audi U.S. Production Plans, Aston Martin IPO: Car News Headlines

A new study finds most drivers are distracted up to 50 percent of the time. [TheCarConnection] Audi plans to build cars in the U.S. for the first time ever. [MotorAuthority] British cab drivers are competing on social media for best gas mileage. [GreenCarReports] Which crossover: 2011 Dodge Durango...Read More»

Texting while driving
Police Enforcement Reduces Distracted Driving

Some sobering news: most drivers are distracted up to 50 percent of their time behind the wheel. More than 33 percent regularly use a mobile phone behind the wheel and over 12 percent admit to texting while driving. The net result is that up to 30 percent of accidents are caused by distracted...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Study: Most Drivers Are Distracted 25% - 50% Of The Time

By now, everyone agrees that distracted driving is a serious problem. What everyone might not agree on, however, is what constitutes "distracted driving" in the first place -- or the degree to which it's causing accidents on U.S. roads. A new study aims to address some of those discrepancies, and...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60 Performance Project
Saab Saga, Infiniti Gets Small, GM Recall: Car News Headlines

Volvo's S60 Performance Project hints at a possible PCP model, which is almost but not quite as unfortunately named as the Smart ED. [MotorAuthority] Saab says it's found a new sugar daddy, and announced three upcoming vehicles, but China's leaders have been pretty quiet on the whole topic...Read More»

Teen driving
Takata, FocusDriven Educate Teens On Distracted Driving

Never heard of Takata? Although it is one of the world’s leading seat belt manufacturers, Takata is a quiet company that prefers to remain behind the scenes, that is until the incidents of teen distracted driving reached today’s epidemic proportions. Searching for a partner to help them...Read More»

Screencap from 2011 Toyota Sienna ad campaign
Five Tips For Parenting In The Car

It’s the age-old dilemma – how to maintain peace and ensure safety with kids in the car. Parenting is not always easy, but these five tips for parenting in the car may make it a bit smoother. Inspect behind car before getting in and backing up. Many children die needlessly each year...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
U.S. House Bill Would Ban In-Car Cell Phone Use

Talking and texting while driving has been proven to be dangerous, but it's still common on America's highways. Those acts will become illegal if one U.S. Representative can push her bill through Congress. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has introduced the Safe Drivers Act of 2011 in the U.S. House...Read More»

Teen driving
Is A Nationwide Ban On Hand-Held Phone Use By Drivers Coming?

Talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving is currently illegal in nine states, and texting while driving is illegal in thirty-four. Both laws could be the most widely ignored since Prohibition or the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit, but that may change if New York representative Carolyn McCarthy...Read More»

Teen driving
NHTSA Puts Industry On Notice: A Car Is Not A Mobile Device

Continuing a campaign initiated by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) addressed the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference with harsh words on the growing trend to integrate infotainment technology into cars. David...Read More»

Texting while driving
Will Facebook In Cars Become Illegal?

The government is flexing its regulatory muscle again, and this time it's against social media on the road. While car manufacturers are looking for more ways to integrate technology, like Ford SYNC to monitor your vitals, they are coming under fire from the federal level to minimize gadgetry...Read More»

BMW Don't TXT and Drive campaign
Distracted Driving Gets New Foe in BMW

It’s about time the automakers stepped up to the serious problem of distracted driving due to texting and cellphone use behind the wheel. BMW, in its just-launched national advertising campaign, is putting some money behind the message: “Don’t TXT and Drive.” The BMW ads are...Read More»

Project Ignition
Project Ignition: Teen Drivers Go Peer To Peer For Safety

Judging by headlines and statistics, you’d think the majority of teenage drivers engage in risky behavior behind the wheel. But Project Ignition, which just announced the top ten teen driver safety campaigns for 2010-2011, is out to prove otherwise. Project Ignition is a teen driver safety...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Line
Road Trips, 3-Cylinders and Fisker Karma: Today's Car News

A new three-cylinder engine, a hybrid transmission and an eight-speed automatic--that's Ford's homework for the next year. [TheCarConnection] With rebates and incentives down 25 percent last year, we're all paying more for new cars than in a very long time. [TheCarConnection] The Chevy Volt rebate...Read More»

Texting while driving
Memorial Day Driving: Don't Text (Do We Need To Remind You?)

Before you head out this holiday weekend for Memorial Day activities, check out the new video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Faces of Distracted Driving” series. The video features Jacy Good, a young woman who survived a crash caused by a...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Memorial Day Road Trip: Ten Tips To Get There Safely

If your family will be among the estimated nearly 35 million Americans on the road this Memorial Day weekend, you'll want to be safe behind the wheel so that everyone arrives at their destination and back with no mishaps. Here are 10 road trip safety tips to help ensure a safe holiday weekend. 1...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Are Americans Too Fat Because We Eat And Drive?

In the realm of the only-partially ridiculous, FamilyCarGuide came across a story in Fast Company to the effect that we can blame driving for why we’re fat in America. Really? You mean I – along with mega-millions of other drivers on the road – have to curtail our Starbucks lattes...Read More»

Traffic Jam
What's Bad (And What's Good) About $5-Per-Gallon Gas Prices

It’s no joke that Americans are feeling pain at the pump, with gasoline prices inching up to the $5 per gallon mark in some parts of the country. Pollsters, pundits and the average Joe and Jane on the street all have their thoughts about what this bodes for our immediate future. Here at...Read More»

Ford's Safe Driving Survey
Where Do Kids Learn To Text & Drive? Ford Survey Blames Mom & Dad

Ever wonder where kids pick up their unsafe driving habits? If you're a parent, Ford says that you may be the one to blame. Ford recently surveyed 908 people in the U.S.: 301 of those were tweens (age 9 - 12), 302 were teens (age 13 - 19), and 305 were parents of kids in those age ranges. The...Read More»

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