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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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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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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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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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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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Does your teen find drinking and driving worse than texting?

Parents of teenagers have plenty to focus on. There are so many conversations that have to be had at that age – under-age drinking and texting and driving are just two of them. A 2012 State Farm and Harris Interactive survey of 650 teens compared their views on texting while driving versus driving drunk and […]

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Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile join AT&T’s ‘It Can Wait’ texting and driving campaign

Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile are officially joining AT&T and its ‘It Can Wait’ anti-texting while driving campaign. The leading wireless carriers, among more than 200 other organizations, have joined forces to support a multi-million dollar advertising blitz that aims to curb this bad behavior once and for all. Be Car Chic has supported AT&T’s effort […]

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Pets, driving and the elderly are a toxic mix says UAB study

BY Matthew C. Keegan | Editor, Auto Trends Magazine Are elderly drivers unduly called out for their behind-the-wheel antics? Some may think so, but a recently published university study reveals that there is some truth and much concern about the way some elderly drivers comport themselves while driving. Distracted driving by novice drivers may indicate cell […]

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Australian motorists also battle distracted driving

A friend passed along an article from Australian publication The Age, where transport reporter Adam Carey highlights a recent study on distracted driving and the impacts this behavior has on drivers in Victoria. Upon reading the article, my reaction was “We’re not the only ones dealing with the realities of this issue.” I encourage you […]

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Video: Distracted driving awareness and DriveSmartVA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently brought together stakeholders at its first-ever distracted driving symposium. We just wrapped up National Distracted Awareness Month, but the turn of a calendar page doesn’t have to mean you forget the importance of this issue. Check out this quick video I recorded for Rob Richardson of DRIVE SMART Virginia, a […]

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AT&T’s ‘It Can Wait’ campaign: starting a movement

BY Andrea Brands | Director, Consumer Education and Safety at AT&T For years, AT&T has been advocating against texting while driving with one simple message: no text is worth a life. Last month, AT&T released a new survey that found that 49% of commuters admitted to texting while driving, compared to 43 % of teens.   Some […]

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Five ways the mobile phone is changing the car

The 40th anniversary of the mobile phone and the beginning of Distracted Driver Awareness Month coincided at the start of April. It got Andrew Stoy, digital editor of autoweek.com, thinking about how cars and the mobile phone are changing everything. Originally meant to provide convenience, the combination is proving deadly for some drivers. The following is an elaboration of […]

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