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NTSB Wants Driver Cell Phones, Texting Banned
NTSB Wants Driver Cell Phones, Texting Banned

With all the recent emphasis on driver distraction and the dangers of hand-held cell phones and texting by drivers behind the wheel, the recommendation Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to ban all handheld cell phones and text messaging devices by drivers by shouldn’t...Read More»

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NTSB Recommends Nationwide In-Car Phone, Texting Ban

It shouldn't take a government agency to figure out that texting while driving is dangerous. There's ample evidence to support the claim. But today the National Transportation Safety Board nonetheless recommended a nationwide ban on the use of handheld cell phone and text messaging devices while...Read More»

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Highway Deaths Down, 2013 Dodge Dart: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we review both the 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo and the 2012 Lexus LFA. Volvo previews a modern P1800 and Audi confirms the Q6. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. INDYCAR announces it will not return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
New Study Offers More Proof That Gen Y Just Isn't That Into Cars

We've said it before, and now we can say it again: Generation Y doesn't care much for cars. The latest proof comes from research firm Gartner, in a new study to be released next month. We first noticed the Millennial/motor vehicle mismatch in Japan, which should've given us an inkling of what was...Read More»

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Driver Reaction Time Doubles With Texting: Study

Most of us probably already recognize that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior. Still, many drivers continue to do so, despite safety warnings about distracted driving. New research, however, shows that texting behind the wheel doubles driver reaction time. The study, reported by Reuters...Read More»

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Study: Texting Doubles Driver Reaction Time

No sane individual would argue that texting while driving is a safe practice, but it may be even more dangerous than previously thought. Reuters reports that a new study by Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that texting can double reaction time. The TTI...Read More»

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Distracted Driving: AAA Says Drivers Don't Practice What They Preach

Over the summer, AAA conducted its fourth annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, and while the study's findings are alarming, they shouldn't surprise anyone. That's because while many of us talk the talk about distracted driving, we're terrible at walking the walk. AAA gathered data for the survey...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
San Francisco Tries New Text-To-Park Service

While most of us around here love driving, parking can be a pain. Looping through different lots in search of an open spot can drive one nuts. Luckily for motorists in San Francisco, things are about to get a little bit easier with a new text-to-park service. The city is rolling out the new service...Read More»

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Find A Parking Spot Via Texting In San Francisco

Has finding a parking garage with open spots become a headache? It's about to get a lot easier for people in San Francisco with a new text-messaging service. The new service is being tested by the city transportation officials in an effort to help motorists find a place to park their vehicle...Read More»

BMW's 'Don't Text and Drive' ad
Ten Tips to Manage Distracted Driving

With all the headlines and various safety campaigns about distracted driving, it’s easy to glaze over and think that this behavior is something someone else does, not you. The truth, however, is that nearly every driver engages in distracted driving at some point. The National Highway Traffic...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»

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States Toughen Hands-Free Laws, Close Enforcement Loopholes

Don't take talking and texting rules too lightly. As data continues to stream in about the dangers of hand-held cellphone distraction, state legislators—and highway patrols—are getting tough. The first round of cellphone-related distraction laws were, in some states, vague and poorly...Read More»

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Yet Another Reason To Go Hands-Free In The Car: The Big C?

You've probably heard that using a handheld cellphone while driving increases your chances of being in (or causing) an accident—by some calculations four-fold. And you probably know that in many states, driving while talking this way (or texting) is illegal. But what you might not be aware of...Read More»

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Unfit To Drive? Study Says It's 1 In 5

According to a new study by GMAC Insurance, nearly 37 million Americans – about 18 percent – are unfit to drive on the road. That’s nearly one in five drivers today. It’s ironic that most Americans, if you ask them, will say that they’re safe drivers. But our tendency...Read More»

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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»

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Increased Driving And Texting Penalties: Deterrent Or Nanny State?

It could soon be more expensive to drive and text in California, as the state Senate just voted to raise financial penalties for talking or texting on hand-held phones while driving. Lawmakers voted to raise the base fine from $20 to $50 for a first offense. Fines for subsequent violations were...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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Texting While Driving: California Cracks Down On OMG, 2L8?

California drivers with cell phones and texting devices in hand, beware. The Golden State has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and has pledged zero-tolerance enforcement on distracted driving throughout the month. That means--in theory, at least--drivers using hand-held cell...Read More»

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