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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: 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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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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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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Using Cellcontrol to curb distracted driving, a first-hand account

BY Michael Secrist | @m_secrist on Twitter I will be perfectly honest with you; I am guilty of distracted driving. I like being accessible at all times, and I’ve texted while driving. For this reason I did not like using Cellcontrol. I hated it in fact, but I hated it for all the right reasons. With its […]

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Distraction Free Friday: Teens can make a difference

In your teenage years, it is all about peer pressure to do the wrong thing. Well, the Distraction Free Fridays campaign aims to use peer influence to do the right thing. You can impact your peers in a positive way – it just takes commitment to set a good example. Too many young people are […]

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Distraction Free Friday: Teens use cell phones to text, not talk

The proliferation of mobile technology has impacted our lives from all aspects – from our jobs, keeping in touch with family and friends, to shopping and watching our favorite TV programs. Access to the internet is becoming easier and easier. According to NHTSA, 16- to 24-year-old drivers visibly manipulating mobile devices while driving are on […]

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Cellcontrol infographic on distracted driving

Distracted Driving Awareness Month might be behind us, but we are still very aware of this important issue and its deadly impact. Don’t be one of the nine people killed everyday in distraction-related traffic accidents. With Memorial Day weekend travel upon us, here’s an infographic to refresh your memory on texting while driving statistics. Cellcontrol […]

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Industry Pulse: NHTSA Administrator optimistic on distracted driving laws’ future impact

Editor’s note:  For the third year in a row, I have had the pleasure of interviewing NHTSA Administrator David Strickland following National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This has become my favorite exclusive interview to conduct. This time, the Administrator and I chatted about how the distracted driving landscape has transformed in four years. Changing driver […]

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Having a safe summer: no text is worth a life

BY Andrea Brands | Director, Consumer Education and Safety at AT&T Every year, more and more teens and young adults are using their phones to engage, communicate and connect to their world. With that increased usage comes an increased need to focus on using devices safely. As we head into the summer months filled with […]

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