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

Texting while driving
Texting & Map-Checking Are Equally Distracting & Illegal In California

When you're behind the wheel, do you rely on your smartphone to get from Point A to Point B? If so, we have some potentially bad news. In January of 2012, a California driver was ticketed for using his cell phone while driving. (California, like several other states, prohibits drivers from using...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Distracted Drivers Cause 10% Of Fatal Accidents, But Are Phones To Blame?

We often talk about the dangers of distracted driving -- and for good reason. Of the 32,367 traffic fatalities on U.S. roads in 2011, over 10% were linked to distracted drivers. But here's the thing: conversations about distracted driving typically center around mobile phones and motorists who...Read More»

Toyota & Teen Vogue's 'Arrive in Style' campaign
Oh Good: Toyota Teams With Teen Vogue To Keep Girls Off The Phone

Hey, ladies: if you liked the BIC Crystal for Her ballpoint pen, you're going to love Toyota's new public awareness campaign for teenage girls! Toyota has teamed up with Teen Vogue to harvest email addresses from teenage consumers spread the word about fashion and hair and makeup and boys and...Read More»

Distracted driving
49% Of Adults Text On The Drive To Work

Last summer, a survey found that women are more prone to road rage than men, and that 30% of commuters send text messages on their way to work. Now, AT&T has released results from a similar survey, and although it doesn't draw any conclusions about road rage, it does reveal some staggering...Read More»

Google Glass
Google Glass: Not Yet Available, But Possibly Banned In West Virginia

We've all heard about Google Glass, we've all seen it, we all know (vaguely) what it's capable of doing. And that has encouraged one state legislator in West Virginia to propose banning Google Glass for drivers long before the device goes on sale. Like many Americans, Republican Gary G. Howell has...Read More»

Distracted driving
The Gift Of Gab: More US Drivers Than Europeans Use Phones On The Road

You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: distracted driving is a problem, and it's getting worse. But where is the problem worst of all? You'd think that since cell phones are now a global phenomenon, distracted driving would affect every country on the planet, and that it would be most...Read More»

ORIGOSafe
Now THIS Is How You Stop Texting And Driving: ORIGOSafe

We've seen plenty of apps that address the problem of distracted driving -- and given the growing number of traffic fatalities linked to distraction, a solution can't come too soon. Unfortunately, most of those apps have a fair share of flaws. Many can be disabled or removed at the whim of the...Read More»

Texting while driving
AAA Study: Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Probably Have Other Bad Habits

Since we were little, we've been told not to judge books by their covers. But AAA would like to remind us of another tried-and-truism: where there's smoke, there's fire. That's the gist of a new survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That survey -- the 2012 Traffic Safety...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Survey: 21% Access The Web While Driving, 13% Update Their Status

Holiday driving is a terrible thing. Between the stress of added traffic and anxiety about spending hours at a dinner table with obnoxious in-laws, many motorists are in lousy moods. To make matters worse, a new State Farm study indicates that a growing number of drivers aren't paying attention to...Read More»

Distracted driving
Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in one of them. The problem for police officers is that such laws can be difficult to enforce. Even though texting constitutes...Read More»

BMW Pathfinder "micronavigation" system prototype
Sat Nav Is Distracting, Even When You're Not Looking At It

Mapping technology is hugely important nowadays. (Well, except Apple Maps, which is hugely hilarious.) But a new study implies that mapping devices can actually inhibit drivers' ability to see what's right in front of them -- and not for the reasons you think. According to The Telegraph, the study...Read More»

Monotype and MIT AgeLab study links fonts with reduced driver distraction risk
Garamond Vs. Arial: Fonts Can Increase Your Risk Of Crashing

Design fanatics spend a lot of time obsessing over fonts. They debate the readability of Times Roman, the 20th-century functionalism of Helvetica, the low-level IQ of Comic Sans. (Which has generated a hilariously profane response from Comic Sans itself.) But discussion of typefaces is more than an...Read More»

Anti-distracted-driving tech from Rutgers University & Stevens Institute of Technology
New App Takes Clever Approach To Curb Distracted Driving

We all know that using a cell phone behind the wheel is a bad idea. Texting is the worst offense, but even gabbing on a hands-free headset isn't perfect. We've seen an array of apps to combat the problem of distracted driving, most of which rely on a phone's built-in accelerometer to determine when...Read More»

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