Distracted Driving

Google Glass Driver Cleared Of Wrongdoing: This Is Why Distracted Driving Laws Won't Work
Google Glass Driver Cleared Of Wrongdoing: This Is Why Distracted Driving Laws Won't Work

In November of 2013, Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving. However, Abadie insisted that she wasn't using Glass at the time, even though the device was turned on. She fought the ticket in court, and yesterday she won. But here's the interesting part: the court didn't...Read More»

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Experienced Drivers Are Safer Drivers -- Until They Reach For Their Phones (Video)

You probably don't need a research scientist to tell you that young drivers are more likely to be involved in auto accidents than their older, more experienced peers -- but just in case, the New York Times reports that a team led by Virginia Tech University's Charlie Klauer has conducted a study to...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
The Driver Of That SUV Could Be A Trooper Watching You Text

If you're one of the 38.9 million American motorists planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving and you've got a penchant for texting behind the wheel, keep an eye on the driver beside you – especially if you're in New York and she's in a big SUV. According to the New York Times, troopers in...Read More»

Older driver with phone
Yikes: Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf The Internet While Driving

Bad news for foes of distracted driving: a new survey from State Farm says the problem is getting worse, even though drivers know better. In July 2013, the Annual State Farm Distracted Driving Survey polled 1,014 adults across the U.S., asking them about their behavior behind the wheel and their...Read More»

'Car mode' concept by Joey Cofone, Michael Vanderbyl, and Malin Reedijk
Does The iPhone Need A "Car Mode"? Would You Use It? (Video)

We spend a lot of time writing about the problem of distracted driving and various solutions offered by app-makers and automakers. With few exceptions, though, handset manufacturers like Apple and Samsung haven't been working overtime to address the public's concerns about texting and talking...Read More»

More than ten percent have participated in sexual activity while driving
Survey: 25 Percent Would Give Up Sex To Be Traffic-Free

The daily wear and tear of traffic really gets to us. So much, it seems, that we're willing to give up some things we treasure—and perhaps some stress relievers—in order to be free of the grasp of gridlock. In a recent survey, more than a quarter of those polled said that they would...Read More»

Attention Powered Car, built by Emotiv & the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
They Said It Couldn't Be Built: The World's First Attention-Powered Car

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a prototype device developed in Japan that can scan a driver's brainwaves, deterring theft and ensuring that the driver is awake and sober. According to Cnet, electronics company Emotiv and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia have now announced...Read More»

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils "texting zones" along thruway and highways (9-23-13)
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»

A Moon Pie made by the Chattanooga Bakery
America's Favorite Food To Eat Behind The Wheel Is...

Like Lindsay Lohan and Jack Daniels or Mickey Rourke and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eating and driving make a terrible pair. For starters, munching behind the wheel is a distraction. No, it doesn't receive as much attention in the press as texting, talking, or tweeting, but eating...Read More»

Texting while driving
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»

mock DUI crash
Americans Worry Less About Dangerous Driving Habits As Fatalities Increase

For several years, traffic fatality rates in the U.S. have been falling, reaching historic lows. Though there's some disagreement about the reasons for the decline, most credit improved safety features on automobiles (e.g. electronic stability control) and improved driving habits (e.g. wider...Read More»

CarTube
It's Funny 'Cause It's True: CarTube

The interior of your car is a lot more distracting than it used to be. Not only do you have the same family and friends gabbing in your ear that you've always had, the same kids fighting in the backseat, the same hot coffee sloshing onto your lap, the same terrible talk radio stations forcing you...Read More»

AT&T texting-while-driving simulator, offered by The Peers Foundation
Drivers' Ed, Updated For The Modern World

Visit a drivers' education classroom today, and chances are, it'll look very similar to the one you sat in ten or twenty years ago: the same charts on the walls, the same well-meaning public-service posters, and of course, the same driving simulators with the same Nixon-era filmstrips. But...Read More»

American flag
July 4 Remains The Deadliest Day For American Drivers

July 4 is many things to many people. To most U.S. adults, it's a day off. To the gregarious, it's a day to spend around the grill with friends and family. And to pyrophiles, it's a little slice of heaven on Earth. July 4 also marks the start of car-theft season. And according to the Insurance...Read More»

Singing in the car
Rock On, Gold Dust Woman: Listening To Music Isn't A Distraction In The Car

Nowadays, there's plenty of stuff to distract drivers from the task at hand. Cell phones. Bluetooth headsets. Kids. But you know what's not a distraction? You know what's hunky-dory? You know what might actually boost concentration in the car? Music. That's according to Ayca Berfu Unal, an...Read More»

Police car with headlights on
New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...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»

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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»

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