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7 Most Dangerous Things To Do In Your Car
7 Most Dangerous Things To Do In Your Car

As you might already know, cars aren't exactly the safest way to get around. Based on miles traveled, taking the car is many times more dangerous than taking a train and several times more dangerous than an airplane or bus. Yet we still take the car, right? For convenience—and driving...Read More»

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DriveSafe.ly Is A Top Five App, But Could Sharia Law Kill It?

One of the web's biggest tech and social media blogs has just announced its five finalists for Best Mobile App of the Year, and we're happy to report that one of the five is meant to minimize distracted driving. The blog in question? Mashable, and the app is DriveSafe.ly. Like PhoneGuard and...Read More»

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Survey: Majority In CA Favor Tougher Penalties For Drugged Driving

Those who drive while drugged and impaired should face the same penalties as those who drive while drunk. At least that's what a new survey suggests a majority of Californians think. According to a new statewide traffic survey conducted by California's Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), nearly 70...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
'Faces' Campaign Profiles Distracted-Driving Accident Victims

With all the warnings and statistics concerning texting and talking while driving, it's quite possible to get a little glazed over, a little too detached from the situation. And a little "it wouldn't happen to me." That's one of the reasons the U.S. Transportation Department decided to produce a...Read More»

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It's Teen Driver Safety Week: Park The Phone And Drive

If you have new drivers or soon-to-be drivers in the house, they're likely the cause of much worry. Inexperience aside, considering the thousands of text messages teens send every month, how could they possibly put their phone down long enough to actually focus on driving? That's one of the themes...Read More»

Texting while driving
As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?

Unless we make some big changes in attitudes regarding cellphone use, there's trouble ahead. Why? Teens who are going to be of driving age this year or in the next few years are texting in record numbers. It's not just a stirring of interest; it's an explosion. On average, teen cellphone users are...Read More»

Texting while driving
Distracted Driving: LaHood Asks Automakers To Raise Awareness

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has asked automakers to do more to educate drivers on the hazards of talking or texting while driving. Certainly, LaHood and other safety officials are worried that devices, such as Ford's Sync interface, that make calling or texting easier from behind the...Read More»

NYT tests Google's autonomous Toyota Prius
Google Gets Behind The Wheel With Self-Driving Prius

Google has jumped into the driver's seat. Really. The Silicon Valley company has revealed some details of a self-driving car project that it's been recently testing out in plain view, on normal streets and highways. The Google cars have already been tested for about 140,000 miles—with much of...Read More»

Texting while driving
Research: Could Texting Laws Be Increasing Crashes?

If you know that talking or texting while driving is illegal, are you just as likely to do it, but in a more concealed way that takes your eyes away from the road and jeopardizes safety? That's one of the potential explanations for new data from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the research...Read More»

Teen driving
LaHood: Distracted Driving ‘An Epidemic In America’

When looking at traffic-fatality figures, there’s some good and some bad: The good is that, as we reported last week, U.S. traffic fatalities dropped in 2009, to the lowest rate since 1950, when adjusted for the overall vehicle miles traveled. The bad is that we’re still losing thousands of...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Survey: Teens Admit To Distracted Driving And Know It's Risky

Teens know that talking, texting, and eating while driving are among many dangerous distractions. Despite that, the majority of teens do them, at least occasionally, anyway. According to a new survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and AAA, nearly nine of ten drivers (86 percent) have driven while...Read More»

Texting while driving
Do You Text And Drive? Your Doctor Might Want To Know

Texting while driving: It’s a known vice; it endangers the welfare of others; and now your doctor might try to talk to you about it. In the last issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Amy M. Ship, MD, argues that physicians are in a position to spot harmful behavior and influence patients...Read More»

Screencap from the anti-texting film COW by Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police
Video: In Anti-Texting Ads, Which Works Best -- A Hard- Or Soft-Sell?

Last year, a very graphic, very disturbing film called COW premiered on British television. Its aim: to drive home the dangers of texting behind the wheel. To hype the show, Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police launched a trailer for the film on YouTube. Despite being over four minutes...Read More»

Thumb Wars - "thumb socks" texting and driving PSA
Thumb Socks Wage War Against Texting While Driving

Most of us adults--and teen drivers--now know that texting while driving is bad news. Yet about three fourths of all teens admit to texting while driving, even though the practice is banned for all drivers in 23 states in addition to the District of Columbia. And that's not even considering the...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Phone In One Hand, Ticket In The Other: Ray LaHood Gets Serious About Distracted Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has worked tirelessly to curtail distracted driving. Now, he's funding a pilot program designed to raise awareness about the dangers of talking and texting behind the wheel, and to ticket those who don't heed the warnings. The program will be centered on...Read More»

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One More For The Road: Wisconsin Flunks Sobriety Test

Anyone who's ever driven across Wisconsin on its beautiful two-laners knows that in many areas you're more likely to find a rural tavern than you are a church, or even a gas station. Wisconsin remains the only state where the first drunk-driving offense is a traffic violation, not even a crime, and...Read More»

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AAA's Five Rules Of The Road For That 'Worst Driver'

For the new Travel Channel show America's Worst Driver, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has compiled some easy-to-follow advice on how to be a safer driver. In a quick video clip, Dr. Bill Van Tassel, an AAA safety expert, goes through five of AAA's Rules of the Road: No distracted...Read More»

Digital billboard in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Digital Billboards: High-Tech Tools Or Driving Distractions?

Digital billboards are commonplace in many parts of America. Though expensive to install -- around $200,000 to $300,000 a pop -- they're a solid investment for media companies and advertisers alike, and they offer benefits for the community, too. But a number of citizen groups see digital...Read More»

Ford Sync - in Navigator
Ford Recognizes Two Million Installations Of Sync

Just ten months after Ford had reached one million installations of its Sync connectivity interface, it’s already at the two-million mark, which puts it way ahead of any other automaker for factory-installed Bluetooth and hands-free devices. Ford has found that, at auction, two-year-old used...Read More»

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