Is using at a smartphone map application as distracting as text, talk, and email? It depends.
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The lyrics in rock band Supertramp’s song “Dreamer” might have new meaning to some people in light of a study on distracted driving.
A new gadget is on the market that aims to keep drivers from sending and receiving text messages behind the wheel.
AT&T and the state of Tennessee are starting a trial of a text-to-911 service in order to see how well emergency call centers can receive and handle emergency text messages.
A new transportation bill before congress seeks to reward states that ban texting and driving with money, but is it ethical?
The decision is in; a woman who was being sued for sending a text message which caused the receiver of the message to get in an accident has been cleared by a New Jersey judge.
A recent study released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) finds that passengers under 25 are less likely to speak up to a driver who is texting and driving… maybe because they’re too busy texting as well.
The study was conducted and released to encourage passengers to speak up against distracted drivers and is spearheaded by none other than transportation secretary Ray LaHood, who cruises around on the weekends looking for distracted drivers to honk at. 56 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds said they would “say something” if their driver was texting, while 52 percent of 21-24 year olds would do the same.
It’s surprising to learn that with all the information out there about the dangers of distracted driving, according to a recent Virginia Tech study, it is still responsible for 80 percent of all car crashes. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted driving is the main factor for about 5,500 automotive fatalities annually. It seems like we just can’t put down our cell phone or stop fiddling with the radio settings while we drive.
By making a few small adjustments to your driving routine, you can prevent distracted driving accidents, as well as pass on good driving behaviors to younger drivers who are in the car with you. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you start the car.
• Before heading out, pick your radio station, choose your playlist, and turn on the air conditioning or heating.
• Make your phone calls or send text messages before leaving the driveway. A hands-free device is legal, but it’s still best to focus all your attention on the road ahead. If you do need to make a call, pull over before dialling.
• Set your course in your GPS ahead of time and look it over to familiarize yourself with the route.
• Leave in plenty of extra time so you won’t have to rush.
• If you’re travelling with pet, keep them safely secured in the backseat where they won’t be a dangerous distraction.
• Check to see if there are any loose items rolling around in the car and pick them up off the floor
• Try to eat before you leave the house. If you spill something while driving, wait to clean it up until you reach your destination.
• Your rear view mirror is not meant to be used to help you put on makeup or shave. Take care of your personal grooming before leaving the house.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
It’s a sign of the times – texting while behind the wheel isn’t cool to do anymore. In fact, it’s pretty stupid, now that we know the dangers associated while trying to do the two acts simultaneously. But for all those drivers who still don’t get it, don’t worry – TxtStopper will stop you from being your own worst enemy.
If the laws, scary stats or social stigma won’t do it for you, TxtStopper will. This professionally installed and handy 12 volt device will make sure you never text and drive again, because it will shut down all communications on any U.S. cell phone when it’s in an operating vehicle. Unfortunately though doesn’t differentiate between a driver and a passenger and will switch on whenever the car is in gear and running.
Available for a mere $200, there is no hard evidence of the TxtStopper working as intended just yet, but give it time. Perhaps judges will make it mandatory for repeat offenders who just can’t put their cell phones down. And if you happen to have a built-in GPS navigation system in your cell, it would kind of defeat the purpose of having this feature. Oh well, you can always pull over and ask for directions at the nearest corner gas station.