Distracted Driving

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Bans Driver Use Of Mobile Phones
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Bans Driver Use Of Mobile Phones

While many states, counties and municipalities have laws on the books regulating the use of cell phones while driving, Chapel Hill, North Carolina has become the first city in the United States to enact an outright ban on the use of cell phones behind the wheel. We’re not referring to texting...Read More»

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Fisker, 2013 Lexus ES, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, Honda issued a recall while GM released details regarding the 2014 Cruze Diesel. The Tesla Roadster's battery became a car meme and Murilee Martin has a new guilty pleasure. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. LG wants to end distracted...Read More»

LG Optimus LTE Android smartphone with LG Tag+
Apps, Schmaps: LG Aims To End Distracted Driving With Stickers

Mobile phones are often criticized as distractions, particularly for drivers. According to Mashable, however, handset maker LG aims to make modern life a little more focused, thanks to some well-placed stickers. Like the automobile, the television, and many other inventions, mobile phones bring...Read More»

Cellcontrol
Cellcontrol: A Smarter Solution For Distracted Drivers

We've seen a lot of tools meant to curb distracted driving, but they've all had their share of flaws. A new system called Cellcontrol looks better than most -- in part because of its unique, clever design. Like DriveSafe.ly, PhoneGuard, and SafeCell, Cellcontrol relies an app, which works on most...Read More»

Distracted driving
6 Ways To End Distracted Driving

If you've kept up with coverage of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, you know that auto technology is undergoing some dramatic changes. True, flying cars and plasma drives are still a bit further down the road, but the way we interact with our vehicles today is...Read More»

Distracted driving
AAA Says It's Not Too Late For 5 Safe-Driving Resolutions

We may already be three days into 2012, but the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says it's not too late for drivers to make a few New Year's resolutions. Based on research the organization carried out in 2011, the Foundation has identified five areas in which many U.S. drivers need improvement...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Ray LaHood Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay, Throws NTSB Under Bus

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced sweeping recommendations that would prohibit drivers from using mobile phones at all -- even for hands-free calls. But according to an article in the Detroit News, fellow fed Ray LaHood has thrown the NTSB under the metaphorical bus...Read More»

AT&T no-texting campaign on Facebook Causes
ATT Donates $2 For Every Person Who Pledges Not To Text & Drive

Want to make a charitable gift this holiday season? You could whip out your credit card and support any number of nonprofits online, but if money's a little tight why not let someone with deeper pockets make a contribution on your behalf? That's what AT&T promises to do -- and all you have to...Read More»

Car accident
Traffic Fatalities Dip To Lowest Level Since 1949

Auto sales are on the mend. Holiday shopping is booming. And now, there's a bit more good news: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that traffic fatalities for 2010 reached historic lows. In fact, the U.S. hasn't seen stats like these since 1949. In all, 32,885 people died...Read More»

Ford MyKey Message Center-- System Active
Ford's MyKey To Feature Inbound Call And Text Blocking

If you’re the parent of a new driver, Ford’s MyKey lets you set up the family car to be more teen-driver friendly. MyKey lets you limit top speed, deactivate the audio system unless front passengers are buckled up, limit audio volume, block adult content satellite radio channels...Read More»

GM CUE interface - 2013 Cadillac XTS
GM's CUE System: A Revolutionary Next Step For Vehicle Interfaces?

GM's upcoming CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system, which will go into the luxury brand's next-generation vehicles, led by the 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan, might just change the way in which we see in-car interfaces. With CUE, which will be exclusive to Cadillac but might eventually be seen on other...Read More»

Teen driving
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»

1962 International Garbage Truck
Slow Down To Get Around: Campaign Urges Safety For Trash Collectors

Aside from being a dirty, tiring and often thankless job, trash collectors have one of the deadliest jobs in America. In fact, solid-waste collection employees have the fifth highest fatality rate of any occupation in the United States, due largely to impatient and distracted drivers. A newly...Read More»

2012 Buick Verano
Saab Reorganizes, Buick Prices Verano, Jaguar C-X16 Bows: Car News Headlines

Nissan might build the non-U.S. mid-size Teana sedan in Tennessee, for everyone but Americans. [TheCarConnection] Saab has filed for protection from creditors while it reorganizes. How is this different from a bankruptcy? That's what they did last time. [MotorAuthority] The 2012 Buick Verano has...Read More»

Infographic about mobile phone usage and driving (by AccuConference)
Infographic: Taking Phone Calls While Driving Is A Bad Idea

We spend a lot of time writing about the dangers of distracted driving, and like much of the media, we tend to focus on the problem of texting and driving. But in fact, statistics show that the simple act of using a mobile phone to take a call can be just as distracting -- and deadly. To...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car
Today In Distracted Driving: Man Shoots Self In Both Legs

Whether you’re in favor of gun control or opposed to it, we can probably agree on one point: keeping a loaded and unsecured handgun in your car is a less-than-good idea. A 23-year-old Tennessee man found this out the hard way, when he shot himself though both legs with a revolver kept under...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
Two Out Of Three Drivers Think They're More Skilled Than You

For years, we’ve said that most drivers overestimate their own abilities, and now we have scientific proof to back up our theory. According to a recent study by Allstate Insurance, the majority of American drivers surveyed considered their driving knowledge, skills and safe driving habits to...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Is It Too Easy To Acquire A Driver's License? #YouTellUs

Driving while distracted is the new media epidemic, and there's a lot of truth to the hype. But beyond texting, eating, reading, and working while driving, should some of these people even be driving? Are they receiving the proper training, or just slipping through the cracks of the system?...Read More»

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