The “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wecks” campaign has kicked off in full speed and now National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is adding to it by urging drivers to “designate a texter” while on the road. Continue Reading...
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Ray LaHood is all about stopping distracted driving, and has recently teamed up with Fox’s hit television show Glee on some promotional videos aimed at young drivers to “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” Continue Reading...
You can’t dispute that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, yet people still take the risk regularly – young drivers especially – which is something one smartphone app aims to change. Continue Reading...
Honda detailed its new HondaLink infotainment strategy today, a new feature that will debut this fall in Honda vehicles, starting with the 2013 Accord. Continue Reading...
A new report from the Frontier Center, a Canadian-based public think tank, suggests distracted driving laws might actually make roads more dangerous. Continue Reading...
Convincing drivers to use cell phone jammers is probably as easy as selling Larry the Cable Guy a Toyota Prius, but researchers out of India’s Anna University of Technology have invented something that might ease the blow. Continue Reading...
Distractions come in many forms when behind the wheel of a car, and 29 percent of Irish men admit that they have narrowly avoided a collision because they were distracted by a passing female. Continue Reading...
There’s a fighting chance you’re guilty of it and so is your neighbor because according to a new Harris Poll, 80 percent of drivers participate in distracting behavior behind the wheel. Continue Reading...
A new transportation bill before congress seeks to reward states that ban texting and driving with money, but is it ethical? Continue Reading...
On Sept. 21, 2009, a nineteen-year-old man struck a couple on a motorcycle while texting behind the wheel of his car. Now, the couple is attempting to sue the woman who was sending the messages to the man, saying that she was encouraging his distracted driving. Continue Reading...
The University of Leeds recently published a study titled ‘Two Hands Better Than One’ that showed that eating while driving is more dangerous than using a phone while driving, or drinking while driving. By using a driving simulator, the UK-based study found that driver reaction time increased by 44 percent while eating behing the wheel…. Continue Reading...
With all the attention surrounding distracted driving these days, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) wanted to remind the world that one of the most basic driving rules is being neglected, causing twice as many crashes as distracted driving. Continue Reading...
April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and it’s no surprise with all the news surrounding distracting elements in our vehicles. German automaker Mercedes-Benz has already jumped on board with its driving academy offering free safety seminars in the state of California. Now the California Office of Traffic Safety is creating seven anti-distracted… Continue Reading...
Potential customers are no good to an automaker if they’re dead so Mercedes-Benz is taking steps to help improve the chances that teens practice safe driving in the spirit of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. “Teens are now faced with more distractions behind the wheel, compared to previous generations of new drivers,” said Marc Hemsworth, senior driving… Continue Reading...
A comprehensive new study by AAA has revealed insight into exactly what teenagers are being distracted by behind the wheel, with teenage girls 50 percent more likely than their male counterparts to be on the phone, texting or using another electronic device. The new study, Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers, is the first… Continue Reading...
The witch hunt is already in motion for anything that distracts drivers: cell phones, iPods, even GPS with moving maps. Given that, it might seem short-sighted and illogical to market an in-car espresso machine. Toss logic out the window because the future is now and such a thing exists. That’s right, for a paltry €150, roughly… Continue Reading...
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood doesn’t like seeing people using cell phones behind the wheel, but who does? It poses danger to everyone in the immediate vicinity, including the reckless chatterbox in question. What, then, should be done if you happen upon one of these miscreants during your morning commute? LaHood has the answer: pull up… Continue Reading...
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines for in-vehicle electronic devices to automakers, hoping to limit how distracted drivers can get by these new devices. The proposed voluntary guidelines affects communications, entertainment, information gathering, and navigation devices or functions that are not required to safety operate a vehicle. The National Highway… Continue Reading...
Peer pressure has a huge affect on teens. Smoking, drinking… even getting into a car accident. According to two studies by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm, peer pressure from passengers can result in a car accident when a teen is behind the wheel. We know, it seems like a “duh, of course”… Continue Reading...
This distracted driving PSA isn’t meant to make you LOL, but it will have you saying OMG. The Department of Transportation will be releasing its new public service announcement, titled OMG, in theaters and at gas stations nationwide, in the next month. This PSA is targeted to teens to remind them to put down the… Continue Reading...
Ford has just released the Do Not Disturb feature, a new technology that lets parents limit distracted driving habits teens are tempted with. The new Ford MyKey Do Not Disturb feature allows parents to block their teens from receiving phone calls and text messages while driving. This means that young drivers can keep their eyes… Continue Reading...
Parents, if you want to set a good example for your teens while you’re teaching them how to drive, put down your cell phone. A new study out says that parents are prone to check their phones while teaching driving skills. This study, which was conducted by State Farm, surveyed 517 teens and their parents… Continue Reading...
Distracted driving isn’t just limited to texting and talking on your cell phone. Now, more than ever, there are so many things that can shift our attention from the road like GPS units and MP3 players. To cut down on all the potential distractions that surround you in your car, a company called ALPS has… Continue Reading...
Sometimes a negative can really be a positive. Take the Blackberry outage that had users scrambling for a way to communicate earlier this week. It turns out that traffic accidents and fatalities fell drastically during that time period. The three-day Blackberry service interruption and its effect on driving were especially evident in the Middle East…. Continue Reading...