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#DrivingIsBelieving | BMW Ultimate Driving Experience at FedEx Field

BY William W. Hopper, Guest Contributor | @wwhopper We recently participated in the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience (UDE) at FedEx Field just outside of Washington, DC, where the German brand’s emphasis on driving its vehicles outshone its desire to get attendees to purchase one of their machines (well, initially). It’s true – Driving IS Believing […]

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Mercedes-Benz's autonomous S-Class completed a 62-mile trip in 2013.

Flying car wanted | The future of autonomous driving

No flying cars yet, but cars that drive themselves are just around the corner By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We’ve seen the reports about Delphi’s self-driving car that just made a 3,500-mile trip from San Francisco to New York with almost no human intervention, or the Mercedes-Benz that drove itself around a 62-mile […]

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AAA Infographic | 6 out of 10 teen crashes due to distraction

Anew report by AAA showed that 6 out of 10 teen driver crashes were caused by distraction–a figure larger than what has previously been estimated by police reports and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 7,000 video recordings of teenage drivers between 2009 and 2013 showed events leading up to a moderate-to-sever crash. […]

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AAA video | Proof teens shouldn’t multitask behind the wheel

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety this week released a new study whose results are shockingly telling. On the AAA website, the group shares: Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in […]

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Industry Pulse | IIHS President Lund talks vehicle safety improvements

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently spoke to a group of about 40 auto journalists as part of the Washington Automotive Press Association’s (WAPA) monthly luncheon meeting. During his presentation, IIHS President Adrian Lund shared key data points and new findings from the Institute, which helped to shed light on how safety improvements […]

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Nissan launches #RedThumb campaign against distracted driving

Nissan recently launched its #RedThumb campaign to discourage drivers from multitasking (i.e. texting) while driving. Teamed up with Adam Levine, the famous front man of Maroon 5 and judge on NBC’s The Voice, Nissan released this video and microsite dedicated to the cause. Aside from our obvious reasons for supporting Nissan’s initiative (and our celebrity […]

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2014 Civic Coupe

Honda’s Civic Coupe makes you young again

Want to feel like a teenager again? Take a spin in the refreshed 2014 Honda Civic Coupe and you’ll be thrown back into the days you and your friends first felt the freedom of driving. It’s amazing how a car that has changed so much can still give you a serious case of nostalgia. But […]

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2014 Hyundai Accent SE

2014 Hyundai Accent|Petite, peppy and perfect for your teen driver

Looking for the right car for your teenage driver? Look no further than the affordable Hyundai Accent – a fun and functional hatchback with high fuel economy, an unbeatable warranty, and leading safety ratings. We were pleasantly surprised with the ease of enjoying the 2014 Hyundai Accent SE, a quaint hatchback that’s low on options […]

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to Win a Set of Michelin Tires

As you may have heard, we are giving away a set of Michelin tires to one lucky participant in honor of our “Distraction Free Friday” campaign. We’d love to hear your thoughts on distraction-free driving. Read more about the giveaway, here. Good luck! Enter using the form below. Your last chance to enter is June […]

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2012 Fiat 500c

Letters to the Editor: #DistractionFreeFriday edition

The following is a letter I received from my boss when I worked at the car dealership back in college (in reply to my request for others to participate in our #DistractionFreeFriday contest and giveaway). He was a great mentor to me, and I’m thankful that today’s technology allows us to remain in contact. If you […]

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Are you a distracted driver?

Watch this compelling video and then take action by sharing YOUR distraction-free story with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter via #DistractionFreeFriday. Enter our contest and giveaway, and you could wind up saving lives AND with a new set of Michelin tires. Details here.

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Giveaway – Share your distraction-free driving habits

As you may have read, Whitney got the chance to experience first-hand the importance of tire safety at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds. We shared with you a look into a few of the scenarios with hopes that you will remember to consider your tires before leaving your driveway. In keeping with our ongoing Distraction Free […]

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A plea to auto journalists to stop driving distracted

I’m now in my fourth year campaigning against distracted driving. In that time, this blog has grown tremendously in its exposure in both the automotive and safety communities. I’m so thankful for the impact that Be Car Chic has had on both communities in that time. However, I’m still having a difficult time moving the […]

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How a car mount for my phone made me a distraction-free driver

BY Whitney Gonzalez | Contributor, @whitneygonzalez With AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign and others similar to it, it’s hard to say that some people are unaware of the dangers of distracted driving. Of those who are aware, only a select few actually practice safe, distraction-free driving. Up until recently, I was a distracted driver who ignored […]

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Join Melanie Batenchuk on December 3 for #ODSAWchat

We talk a good deal about driver safety here on Be Car Chic, but it’s typically focused at teenage and novice drivers. This week, December 2 through December 9, we’re going to talk about older driver safety because it is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (ODSAW). Sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), this […]

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NHTSA announces ‘5 to Drive’ teen safety initiative

Did you know? Motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of teen deaths between the ages of 14 and 18. NHTSA, whose priority remains “saving lives”, has launched a new program to address teen driving safety. The “5 to Drive” campaign aims to encourage parents of teen drivers are soon-to-be-new drivers to talk to their […]

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Reid Hollister

A parent’s perspective on Teen Driver Safety Week

Editor’s note:  This is a guest blog post from Tim Hollister, who lost his son Reid in 2006 to a car crash. In honor of the upcoming Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26), we invited Tim to share his story and wisdom with our readers on how to keep teenagers safe behind the wheel, even […]

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Herzog, ‘It Can Wait’ campaign shed light on dangers of texting and driving

BY Andrea Brands | Director, Consumer Education and Safety at AT&T So often drivers think, “I’m driving slowly enough, I can just answer this text real quick.” Acclaimed filmmaker, Werner Herzog, and It Can Wait have teamed up to give a voice to four individuals whose lives were irreparably changed by that thinking in the […]

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NTSB’s Hersman discusses distracted driving at FCC symposium

“When it becomes as socially unacceptable to ride with someone who’s texting or talking on their phone as it is to ride with someone who’s been drinking, then we know that we’ll really have made a change.” – NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman at the FCC distracted driving technology symposium.

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FCC Chairman Genachowski on distracted driving

“We need to put the brakes on distracted driving.” – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski at the agency’s first distracted driving symposium in April 2013.

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