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You Call Them "Rest Stops", New York Calls Them "Texting Zones"
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»

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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»

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»

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»

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»

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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»

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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»

Corvette parking fail
CurbTXT Lets You Tell Friends & Strangers About Their Bad Parking Jobs

Pretend for a moment that you've just come home after a brutal day at work and found a car parked in front of your apartment building with its lights on. What do you do? a) Spend 30 seconds looking up and down the street for any sign of the owner, hoping to alert him/her of the problem. b) Leave a...Read More»

UMTRI-Toyota teen driver distraction study
Teen Drivers Texting Much More Than Parents Think: Study

A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), sponsored by Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows that teen drivers do a lot more texting behind the wheel than their parents think they do. The study found that 26...Read More»

Texting while driving
10 Tips To Help Your Teen Stop Texting And Driving

Texting while driving is considered the most distracting driver behavior, increasing crash risk by 2,300 percent. Yet it is also one of the most difficult behaviors to curtail, especially among young, first-time drivers. A recent article in Minnesota Public Radio News caught our attention, so we...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»

Teen Driver - Ed Cunicelli, courtesy The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Why Not A Designated Texter For Teen Drivers?

Sometimes a good idea comes along that takes some time to gain traction. In a stepped-up effort to discourage distracted driving, a new campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging drivers who simply can’t or won’t decouple themselves from texting...Read More»

OneProtect distracted driving app
OneProtect Improves On The Distracted-Driving App

Nearly every week, we see the debut of a new app that half-heartedly promises to end distracted driving once and for all. This time around, however, the app du jour does something a little different, which makes it -- if not perfect -- at least a bit better than its predecessors. Anti-texting...Read More»

Transportation and the New Generation, a study by the Frontier Group
Generation Y's Auto Aversion, By The Numbers: Can It Be Fixed?

We've spilled a lot of ink on Millennials and their aversion to buying cars. Some data indicates that folks born between 1981 and 2001 are so un- and under-employed that their parents are the only ones who can afford to shop the showrooms. Other studies suggest that Gen Y finds driving to be a...Read More»

AT&T's No Text on Board - It Can Wait
AT&T Asks Drivers To Pledge Sept. 19 To Never Text And Drive

With more than 100,000 crashes each year linked to texting and driving, getting the message out about the national epidemic of texting while driving is gaining momentum. AT&T and other wireless carriers are tackling the issue head-on. AT&T is continuing its anti-texting campaign by asking...Read More»

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Man Texts 'I Need To Quit Texting' Before Driving Off Bridge

If you'd seen it in a movie, it would've been your cue to chuckle (or roll your eyes at the sophomoric script). But when 21-year-old Chance Bothe texted the words, "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident", then drove off a bridge into a ravine in Ganado, Texas, it was no...Read More»

Teen driving
Study: Women More Prone To Road Rage, 30% Text & Drive To Work

A new survey of America's commuters reveals some interesting facts. Chief among them: many folks text and drive, while far more -- especially women -- have a tendency to fly off the handle. The study was conducted by Harris Interactive between May 14 and June 4 of this year. Over 3,800 commuters...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Ford Focus Video Review, 2014 BMW X5 Spied: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, we bring you our own video review of the 2012 Ford Focus, and spy shots of the 2014 BMW X5 SUV. We ask whether the Volt's really an electric car if 63 percent of its miles are all-electric, and discuss the pros and cons of putting more ethanol in your gas tank. You'll find...Read More»

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