Distracted Driving

OneProtect Improves On The 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»

DriveScribe, a digital driving coach
DriveScribe App Coaches Teen Drivers & Offers Big Rewards

If you're a parent, you know that having a teenage driver in the house can keep you up at night. You wish you could be with your kids all the time to make sure their inexperience doesn't have fatal consequences. Of course, that's completely impractical -- not to mention unhealthy. At some point...Read More»

Anti-distracted-driving tech from Rutgers University & Stevens Institute of Technology
New App Takes Clever Approach To Curb Distracted Driving

We all know that using a cell phone behind the wheel is a bad idea. Texting is the worst offense, but even gabbing on a hands-free headset isn't perfect. We've seen an array of apps to combat the problem of distracted driving, most of which rely on a phone's built-in accelerometer to determine when...Read More»

text message while driving
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»

The Fiat 500L, featuring an in-car espresso maker from Lavazza
2013 Fiat 500L Brews Controversy With In-Car Espresso Maker

Pundits are percolating over a new feature on the forthcoming Fiat 500L. Here are the details, along with a bit of backstory: 1. Those Jennifer Lopez ads for the Fiat 500 did massively well at raising the brand's profile in the U.S. 2. To capitalize on its success, Fiat has just unveiled a new...Read More»

Traffic
Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to shreds by the House and the Senate, then stitched back together in joint committee, what, exactly, is in it? Hard to say...Read More»

Distracted driving
Are Companies Liable For Employees' Cellphone Distraction, Damages?

Is your employer responsible, at least in part, when you talk or text? If you believe the raft of jury settlements awarding millions in some high-profile lawsuits that reach deep into some companies' pockets—against companies whose workers were in an accident (and caused injury or death)...Read More»

Apple Maps in iOS6
Apple's iOS 6 Could Kill Some Of Our Favorite Apps (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below If you're an Apple fan, own an iPhone, or just happened to wake up yesterday, you already know that Apple has unveiled the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. It's not as if that was a surprise. iOS 6 was one of the worst-kept secrets in Apple's history, with...Read More»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
Bridgestone Offers $50,000 In College Scholarships: Deadline June 22!

If you're heading off to college this fall or know someone who is, listen up: Bridgestone is running a contest to give away $50,000 in scholarships, and the deadline for entries is June 22. The gist of Bridgestone America's Teens Drive Smart Video Contest is pretty simple: Any student between the...Read More»

Teen driving
Teen Texter In Massachusetts Guilty Of Vehicular Homicide

A couple of weeks ago, we asked the question, "If you text someone who's driving, can you go to jail if he crashes?" By and large, you all said that the sender of that text message shouldn't be held liable. The judge in that New Jersey case agreed. But in Massachusetts, a case came to court with...Read More»

Texting while driving
Does Your Job Ban Talking While Driving? It May Soon

We all know that distracted driving is bad. A growing number of companies know it, too, and they're taking steps to ensure that their employees keep cell phones turned off when they're behind the wheel. Why do those companies do it? How do they do it? And perhaps most importantly: is your company...Read More»

Text message
If You Send A Text To A Driver, Can You Go To Jail If He Crashes? (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below Today, most states have laws that limit the use of cell phones while driving. In 38 states, it's illegal to text and drive, and in 31, there are laws about making and taking calls behind the wheel. And yet, distracted driving remains a major problem: in 2010, it accounted for...Read More»

2012 Scion iQ  -  Driven, April 2012
2012 Scion iQ Driven, Recalls, 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, Patrick Long raced an old Porsche and Nissan is really committed to electric cars. Ford and Ram issued recalls and we found the cheesiest DC fast-charging video ever. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. A new survey revealed eight in 10...Read More»

Texting and driving campaign from Responsible Young Drivers (Belgium)
Want To End Texting & Driving? Belgium Shows How It's Done (Video)

It seems as if every other day, there's another story about distracted driving: who's guilty, who's trying to end it, and new, unexpected dangers. But of all the news, nothing gets as much attention -- or causes as big of a stir -- as texting and driving. The problem isn't limited exclusively to...Read More»

Turn signal mirror
Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink on the topic of distracted driving. It's been a problem for decades, of course -- since the historic moment two people first piled into a Benz Patent-Motorwagen and began arguing over directions. The problem was made worse (at least in America) by drive-through...Read More»

Distracted driving
True Or False: Hands-Free Calls Are Safer Than Hand-Held?

Today, 10 states and several U.S. territories have banned the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers. The thinking behind those laws is that folks need to keep their hands on the wheel, and trying to fumble with a mobile device is a major distraction. But we have to wonder: have state...Read More»

YouTube's Nikkie in a distracted driving ad from Volkswagen
Distracted Driving Tip: Don't Put On Make-Up & Drive (Video)

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so organizations around the world have ramped up efforts to remind motorists about the importance of keeping both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. Of course, when we think of distracted driving, we tend to think about the use of mobile...Read More»

Tax day
Tax Day Is Deadly For Drivers: Be Careful Out There

If you're an early filer, you might've forgotten that tomorrow is tax day. That could be a deadly mistake. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tax day is dangerous for drivers, with 6% more traffic fatalities than on other days. The study was led by...Read More»

The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from The Car Connection. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.