Tag Archives: Distracted driving
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#FordTrends is innovating the automotive future

By NICOLE WAKELIN | Guest Contributor This year’s annual #FordTrends conference moved from Detroit to Ford Motor Company’s new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. Along with that move comes a focus on looking not at where cars are today and what Ford has already done, but at where they will be in […]

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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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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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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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Source: NHTSA Research Notes on Driver Electronic Device Use in 2011; April  2013

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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