Teens

Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend
Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...Read More»

Ford's Safe Driving Survey
Where Do Kids Learn To Text & Drive? Ford Survey Blames Mom & Dad

Ever wonder where kids pick up their unsafe driving habits? If you're a parent, Ford says that you may be the one to blame. Ford recently surveyed 908 people in the U.S.: 301 of those were tweens (age 9 - 12), 302 were teens (age 13 - 19), and 305 were parents of kids in those age ranges. The...Read More»

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Researchers: Distraction Aside, Teens Need More Driver Training

For new drivers, there's no substitute for serious instruction, in the classroom, on the road, and even on the track. The reason? Safety experts have told us, anecdotally in the past, that one major factor in teen accidents is that a significant portion of accidents chalk up to inexperience...Read More»

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Graduated Teen Licensing To Become Federally Mandated?

The days of unrestricted driver's licenses at age 16 are, for the most part, long gone. Yet not all states have acted to reel in teen drivers and help keep them safe. Now, the federal government is poised to step on what, some would argue, is each state's domain. A bill introduced to Congress this...Read More»

Screencap from AT&T's 'The Last Text' documentary
Video: AT&T Debuts 'The Last Text' Documentary To Fight Distracted Driving

By now, everyone should know that texting and driving is a serious problem. Last year alone, nearly 5,500 people died in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, and the majority of those killed were under 20. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has made it his personal mission to end...Read More»

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Keeping Teens On Parents’ Policy Safer, More Affordable

If you’ll soon have a new teen driver in the household, you’ve probably already given some thought to what vehicle they’ll be driving. But have you thought about insurance? If you haven’t, you might be in for some sticker shock. And you should probably set aside some extra...Read More»

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It's Teen Driver Safety Week: Park The Phone And Drive

If you have new drivers or soon-to-be drivers in the house, they're likely the cause of much worry. Inexperience aside, considering the thousands of text messages teens send every month, how could they possibly put their phone down long enough to actually focus on driving? That's one of the themes...Read More»

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As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?

Unless we make some big changes in attitudes regarding cellphone use, there's trouble ahead. Why? Teens who are going to be of driving age this year or in the next few years are texting in record numbers. It's not just a stirring of interest; it's an explosion. On average, teen cellphone users are...Read More»

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Distracted Driving: LaHood Asks Automakers To Raise Awareness

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has asked automakers to do more to educate drivers on the hazards of talking or texting while driving. Certainly, LaHood and other safety officials are worried that devices, such as Ford's Sync interface, that make calling or texting easier from behind the...Read More»

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Graduated Licensing: Does It Defer The Recklessness Of Youth?

While a decade or more ago, teens were dreaming of the day they'd turn 16, get their first wheels, and be more social, today's teens are already connected and social at all hours—and perhaps more concerned with getting their next smartphone. Increasingly, teenagers are forgoing licenses...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Survey: Teens Admit To Distracted Driving And Know It's Risky

Teens know that talking, texting, and eating while driving are among many dangerous distractions. Despite that, the majority of teens do them, at least occasionally, anyway. According to a new survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and AAA, nearly nine of ten drivers (86 percent) have driven while...Read More»

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Trends: Fewer Teens Buying Cars, Younger Motorists Driving Less

It's the peak of summer-job season. And while in the past savings from teens' summer jobs used to often go towards buying a first used car, today it's more likely to go be used for a smartphone, and young drivers are more likely to share the family car—a safer option, anyway—or stay out of the...Read More»

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Teen Girls Say They Drive Faster Than Boys And Text More Too

Teenage boys are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Right? Well, they still have higher accident rates than teenage girls. But in a new survey, the girls say they speed more often, and text while driving at higher rates than the boys. The youth-research firm TRU Research conducted the study a...Read More»

Fatalities per mile driven by age, from FiveThirtyEight.com, DoT data analyzed by IIHS
Teen Drivers Die In Crashes. Old Folks Too. Who's Feared Most?

Did you see the recent Hyundai ad that touts the safety of its new 2011 Sonata by playing on your fear of out-of-control teens behind the wheel? It cites the statistic that 3 million young adults will get new drivers' licenses each year--over a clip of a young woman being launched into the air on a...Read More»

Thumb Wars - "thumb socks" texting and driving PSA
Thumb Socks Wage War Against Texting While Driving

Most of us adults--and teen drivers--now know that texting while driving is bad news. Yet about three fourths of all teens admit to texting while driving, even though the practice is banned for all drivers in 23 states in addition to the District of Columbia. And that's not even considering the...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
New Jersey Serious About Ticketing Handheld Talking, Texting

When New Jersey tells you not to use a handheld cellphone to talk or text while driving, they mean it. In the 23 months since New Jersey's ban of talking or texting on handheld cellphones, police have written 224,725 citations, according to the NJ Star-Ledger—adding up to about four percent of...Read More»

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Parents: 'Cell Cease' App Prevents Your Kids From Texting And Driving

Given all the news about distracted driving -- especially the problem of teens and their tendency to text behind the wheel -- it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a solution. And now, as they say, there's an app for that: Cell Cease. Cell Cease uses the GPS built into many...Read More»

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Video: Taylor Swift Complains About Your Parents' Driving

Apart from her music, we don't have anything against Taylor Swift. In fact, we felt pretty bad about that whole VMA thing with Kanye and Beyonce and the Henny and the internet meme that just wouldn't die. However, after seeing Taylor on Saturday Night Live last weekend, we're beginning to wonder if...Read More»

Monitoring lights for drivers (from GreenRoad)
New Ways To Watch Your Teen Driver, Courtesy Of GreenRoad

Back in the 18th century, British philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with a nifty way to keep prisoners in line: as long as the incarcerated thought they were being watched, they behaved, even if they couldn't see the guards. The same "big brother" philosophy has been used ad nauseam since then...Read More»