Distracted Driving

AAA: Hands-Free Phones & Infotainment Systems Are Major Distractions For Drivers
AAA: Hands-Free Phones & Infotainment Systems Are Major Distractions For Drivers

We've spent plenty of time talking about the dangers of texting and driving, and the data on that seems clear: taking your eyes off the road to type out a message on your smartphone is a recipe for disaster. But what about using hands-free, voice-to-text systems? If you ask Siri to send a text to...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Texas Study Suggests That Distracted Driving Laws Should Target Women

We make a lot of assumptions about distracted driving. More often than not, we assume the culprits are teens tethered to their smartphones, but numerous studies have shown that mom and dad exhibit poor decision-making skills, too. A group of researchers from the University of Texas Health Sciences...Read More»

Infographic: Distraction and Teen Crashes
Real Video Shows Distracted Teen Drivers Moments Before Things Go Wrong

We've all been there: motoring along, our minds somewhere else, when suddenly our attention snaps back to the road, and we realize that we're barreling toward the back end of a car or a semi or a squirrel. It happens. ALSO SEE: Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed According To Signs It happens most...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Is Driving While Eating The New Driving While Texting?

Cheeseburgers and steering wheels are a dangerous combination -- at least that's what one resident of Cobb County, Georgia was told when he was ticketed for eating while driving. Madison Turner was doing what many folks do every week: juggling the demands of two all-beef patties, special sauce...Read More»

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Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer

As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A whopping 44 states (plus D.C. and the above territories) prohibit texting behind the wheel -- an act that tends to involve a...Read More»

AAA Foundation study infographic: 'Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Vehicle'
Toyota, Hyundai Ace AAA's Distracted Driving Study; Mercedes, Ford, Apple Fare Poorly

The National Transportation Safety Board may have been right all along, and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood may have to eat a little crow. That's because the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released data from a new study that confirms what the NTSB and others have already...Read More»

Google Glass
Drivers, Put Your Google Glass Away: Another Study Proves That Hands-Free Texting Isn't Safe

As of today, 44 states prohibit texting and driving. (The six outliers: Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, and Texas.) Twenty-two place at least some restrictions on using handheld devices to make or take calls behind the wheel. No state in the U.S.A. prevents drivers from using a...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
Uh-Oh: Police Radar Guns Could Soon Tell If You're Texting, Too

Privacy is taking a real beating. Every few weeks, another group of hackers nicks our beloved credit card numbers, or a legion of crafty young gentlemen burrow into the online storage accounts of certain female celebrities, proving that iCloud isn't the Fort Knox of data we were promised. And as if...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Idaho Home To America's Rudest Drivers, But Where Do The Nice Ones Live?

We've all encountered rude drivers. Some have behaved aggressively, cutting us off and flipping the bird as they zoomed ahead. Others have been more passive, like the kind of self-absorbed numbskulls who putter along in the passing lane, leisurely enjoying a cell phone chat. The folks at Insure.com...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
General Motors May Be The First To Offer Cars That Detect Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving is a hot topic these days. Beyond the usual distractions of burgers, babies, and blush, now we have to deal with smartphones, infotainment systems, and a host of other bright, shiny things. Many companies and organizations have tried to put the brakes on distracted driving, from...Read More»

Automobile accident, Washington, D.C., 1923
July 4: Still The Deadliest Day Of The Year For American Drivers

It's been said before, and unfortunately, it's still true: July 4 remains the deadliest day of the year for American motorists. It's particularly deadly for younger drivers. Between 2008 and 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that a total of 630 people were killed on July 4 --...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: Adults Talk & Text While Driving, Even Though They Know Better

In theory, adults are wiser than children. They've had more life experiences, they've seen ups and downs, they know what's good for them and, presumably, what's not. That's why we tend to focus our energies on warning teens about the dangers of distracted driving, rather than their parents. We...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Drivers Hate Texters, Love Classic Rock, And Other Findings From Expedia's Road Rage Report

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season, and to get you in the mood, Expedia has published its annual Road Rage Report. Some of the findings may surprise you, and a few might suggest ways for you to improve your own driving habits. In gathering data for the 2014 report...Read More»

BMW's 'Don't Text and Drive' ad
Another Study Confirms That Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving

We tend to think that adults are smarter than children. Over the years, they may have become less inquisitive and more hesitant, but still, all that life experience ought to give them an edge, right? Apparently, that's not the case when it comes to texting and driving. ALSO SEE: Women Say Men With...Read More»

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Decide To Drive Wants "Wreckless" Driving

Backseat drivers are annoying, but then again, so are distracted drivers. Fortunately, there is a distracted driving prevention program called Decide to Drive that now helps you try to prevent the latter without becoming the former. Decide to Drive is sponsored by American Academy of Orthopaedic...Read More»

Honda's anti-texting ad for Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2014
Honda Takes A Less-Graphic Approach In New Anti-Texting Ad: Is This More Effective?

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a heart-stopping PSA for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Now, Honda has posted one of its own -- one that takes a considerably less graphic approach. Is one more effective than the other? As you'll see from the clip...Read More»

'Manifesto' anti-texting ad from NHTSA
NHTSA Gets It Right: New Anti-Texting Ad Will Give You A Heart Attack

It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a public service announcement that will probably scare the bejesus out of you. That's a good thing. When it comes to PSAs, there are, broadly speaking, three approaches...Read More»

Distracted-driving texters caught in the act  -  TWITSpotting.com
Public Shaming With Billboards: Any Less Likely To Text And Drive?

Imagine going out on the town with the boss, and seeing... yourself, caught in the act, texting while driving. That's what's happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a graphic designer, Brian Singer, has received a lot of media attention for purchasing space on Billboards to share his...Read More»

Screencap from the 'Red Thumb Reminder' campaign to end distracted driving
5 Tricks To End Distracted Driving That Are Easier Than Painting Your Nails Red

People use nail polish for a lot of things. They use it to paint their nails, obviously. They also paint keys to identify them at a glance. And, fun fact: nail polish is great for holding screws in place. But that's not how the people at Evolution Bureau use nail polish. No, at least one employee...Read More»

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