Tag Archives: Distracted driving

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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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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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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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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Fiat Linea distracted driving print ads from Brazil

BY Liza Smith, Automotive Ads Contributor | @Homadge The distracted driving print ads campaign below comes from Brazil for Fiat Linea. While the second cow ad is a little humorous, the tree, truck and cement wall are all too real. Credits: Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Brazil Creative Director: Ruy Lindenberg Art Director: Alessandro Bernardo Copywriter: João Caetano Brasil [...]

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Industry Pulse: Interview with Robert Guba, CEO of Cellcontrol

Following the announcement that Cellcontrol and Esurance will provide teenagers a benefit for taking action to drive distraction-free, I wanted to know more about the technology behind the solution. The companies are teaming up to give teenage driving policy holders a free Cellcontrol unit free of charge. I caught up with Cellcontrol CEO, Robert Guba, [...]

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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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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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New data from NHTSA shows distracted driving on the rise

In 2011, I began the distracted driving conversation here as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness month. At that time, President Obama had signed an executive order on the matter and 31 states, including D.C. and Guam, had introduced legislation or adopted laws on distracted driving. So what has changed in that time? Today, 39 [...]

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Infographic: Dangers of distracted driving go beyond texting

Continuing the conversation from our post about whether teens find driving drunk more dangerous than texting while driving, a new infographic from Allstate Insurance shows some stats that may prove the opposite. Texters are three times slower to react than even buzzed drivers Research has shown that drivers who text while behind the wheel are [...]

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3rd Annual Distraction Free Fridays campaign kicks off with help of AT&T, CBS Radio Charlotte

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the blog is back with its Third Annual Distraction Free Fridays campaign. Again, I will ask you, your friends and family to ‘put the device aside and focus on the drive’. Be Car Chic readers and my peers understand just how seriously I take distracted driving.Every Friday for [...]

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Infographic: Distracted Driving and Teenage Drivers

Editor’s Note:  It is no secret how I feel about distracted driving. My Distraction Free Fridays (DFF) campaign has been ongoing since April 2011, and I believe that speaking up on this issue has helped curb behind-the-wheel behavior among those close to me and (hopefully) beyond my network. I often have friends tell me that [...]

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Labor Day travel reminds us to drive safe, distraction free

As the holiday weekend kicks off, I’m reminded of how many people will be on the road on their way to visit with family and friends, embracing the final days of summer. Analysts expect this Labor Day weekend to be the busiest for travel since before the economic downturn in 2008. AAA predicts that for [...]

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What DOT’s Blueprint means for distracted driving

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood released his ‘Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving’ last week, announcing $2.4 million in funds for pilot projects in California and Delaware. What the blueprint lays out for drivers, states, and OEMs Secretary LaHood hopes that this blueprint will move the remaining 11 states to take action. Nearly every state has [...]

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Will that Twitpic from the driver’s seat matter tomorrow?

Social networking has become interwoven in our lives. We share our personal and work experiences through Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis. Nothing seems to be too small or too big to share with friends and colleagues. And the tweets don’t stop once we step away from our computers. We have a smartphone to [...]

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Industry Pulse: NHTSA’s Strickland says distracted driving comes down to personal responsibility

Nearly one year following our first exclusive interview with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) David Strickland, Be Car Chic again discussed the state of distracted driving with the agency’s Administrator. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland are continuing their fight against distracted driving. The duo has been on [...]

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State Farm survey: teens find drunk driving deadlier than texting, parents should be more involved

State Farm recently released a new survey of teens between the ages of 14 and 17 that compares more than 650 adolescents’ views on texting while driving versus driving drunk and their perceived likelihood of dying from each behavior. Of the teens surveyed, 57 percent admitted to texting while driving. When asked about the fatal [...]

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Can moms truly drive distraction-free?

News has been swirling all week about young mother Shawndeeia Bowen, who was arrested along the Los Angeles corridor for texting while driving with her baby in her lap and two other children unsecured in the back seat. What would normally remain a local story has become nationwide news due to Distracted Driving Awareness Month. [...]

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