Distracted Driving

Study: Hands-Free Texting Is No Safer Than Typing
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»

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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»

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Distracted Drivers Cause 10% Of Fatal Accidents, But Are Phones To Blame?

We often talk about the dangers of distracted driving -- and for good reason. Of the 32,367 traffic fatalities on U.S. roads in 2011, over 10% were linked to distracted drivers. But here's the thing: conversations about distracted driving typically center around mobile phones and motorists who...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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Google Glass: Not Yet Available, But Possibly Banned In West Virginia

We've all heard about Google Glass, we've all seen it, we all know (vaguely) what it's capable of doing. And that has encouraged one state legislator in West Virginia to propose banning Google Glass for drivers long before the device goes on sale. Like many Americans, Republican Gary G. Howell has...Read More»

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The Gift Of Gab: More US Drivers Than Europeans Use Phones On The Road

You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: distracted driving is a problem, and it's getting worse. But where is the problem worst of all? You'd think that since cell phones are now a global phenomenon, distracted driving would affect every country on the planet, and that it would be most...Read More»

ORIGOSafe
Now THIS Is How You Stop Texting And Driving: ORIGOSafe

We've seen plenty of apps that address the problem of distracted driving -- and given the growing number of traffic fatalities linked to distraction, a solution can't come too soon. Unfortunately, most of those apps have a fair share of flaws. Many can be disabled or removed at the whim of the...Read More»

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New Moms Among The Most Distracted Drivers: Report

New mothers aren't immune to the dangers of distracted driving. In fact, with the demands of driving with a newborn baby on board, new moms may be among the most distracted drivers on the road. A recent survey of new moms that was conducted by American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide points out how...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»

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»

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Survey: 21% Access The Web While Driving, 13% Update Their Status

Holiday driving is a terrible thing. Between the stress of added traffic and anxiety about spending hours at a dinner table with obnoxious in-laws, many motorists are in lousy moods. To make matters worse, a new State Farm study indicates that a growing number of drivers aren't paying attention to...Read More»

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NTSB Wants To End Distracted Driving, Mandate Safety Tech

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2013 "Most Wanted List". But unlike the FBI photocopies pinned up at post offices, the NTSB isn't looking for criminals: the agency wants improvements to make U.S. transportation safer. In a press release, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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2014 Mazda Mazda6, Fisker Received New Funding, Toyota iQ EV: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we checked out the electric car you'll never see and we spotted the 2014 Infiniti G37. We talked about the Paris Auto Show and Fisker received more funding. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is bringing new...Read More»

BMW Pathfinder "micronavigation" system prototype
Sat Nav Is Distracting, Even When You're Not Looking At It

Mapping technology is hugely important nowadays. (Well, except Apple Maps, which is hugely hilarious.) But a new study implies that mapping devices can actually inhibit drivers' ability to see what's right in front of them -- and not for the reasons you think. According to The Telegraph, the study...Read More»

Monotype and MIT AgeLab study links fonts with reduced driver distraction risk
Garamond Vs. Arial: Fonts Can Increase Your Risk Of Crashing

Design fanatics spend a lot of time obsessing over fonts. They debate the readability of Times Roman, the 20th-century functionalism of Helvetica, the low-level IQ of Comic Sans. (Which has generated a hilariously profane response from Comic Sans itself.) But discussion of typefaces is more than an...Read More»

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Teens Pick Up On Parents’ Distracted Driving, Mirroring Behavior: Study

A new study on distracted driving shows that parents need to focus more on paying attention to their driving, because their teenage passengers are watching closely. Not only that, but the teens surveyed said they were picking up on their parent’s bad habits behind the wheel. The study...Read More»

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