Tag Archives: Distraction Free Fridays
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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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Distraction Free Friday: What's distracted driving to you?

Distraction Free Friday: What’s distracted driving to you?

Did you know that you’re 23 times more likely to crash your car when texting and driving? Those are pretty high odds for any driver. Now think about a novice driver, who has logged few hours behind the wheel, staring that statistic in the face. In a 2011 survey of 6,000 young drivers over the […]

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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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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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Resisting the temptation: drive distraction free in 2013

Resisting the temptation: drive distraction free in 2013

It’s the second Friday of 2013. By now, many of us have already failed some of our New Year’s resolutions. That’s OK. The way I look at resolutions is that if you make a misstep, tomorrow is a new day to try again. We can’t change our habits overnight. This way of thinking is not […]

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April marks second annual distracted driving awareness month

For the second year in a row, April marks ‘National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.’  Originally an issue championed by former Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey, due to the death of a young girl in her district, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor this month-long observance in March 2010. Distracted driving is an issue that […]

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Letter from the editor: committing to distraction-free driving

Dear friends and readers: Last spring, Carlos Beltran of Beltran About Cars approached me to collaborate on an issue that doesn’t grab a lot of headlines in the automotive enthusiast world – distracted driving. I hadn’t given the issue much thought prior to our conversation, but I knew that the Administration had been looking to issue […]

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#DFF: The Distraction Free Fridays Finale

Today wraps up my eight-week-long campaign against distracted driving with fellow auto blogger Carlos Beltran of Beltran About Cars. I must first thank him for reaching out to me to work together on this important initiative. It has been wonderful to work together (well, virtually since he’s in Chicago and I’m in D.C.)! This post […]

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Industry Pulse: NHTSA Administrator David Strickland talks distracted driving

In an exclusive interview with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) David Strickland, who serves as the agency’s Administrator, Be Car Chic asked about distracted driving and the agency’s combined efforts with the Department of Transportation (DoT) to curb this bad behavior. Administrator David Strickland has been championing safer, distraction-free driving since the beginning […]

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Distracted driving: Does the auto community care?

I’m in week five of my distracted driving campaign (I’m sure you’ve seen the multitude of my posts, emails, tweets, and Facebook updates), and I have to say that I’ve discovered a disconnect that disappoints me. While many of my acquaintances and friends within the automotive community have shown much support and enthusiasm for Distraction […]

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#DFF: Announcing the Distraction Free Fridays contest and giveaway!

#DFF: Announcing the Distraction Free Fridays contest and giveaway!

This week, we’re taking a break from talking policy and technology. Instead, we are excited to announce a great contest for friends of Distraction Free Fridays! Thanks to Sears Automotive and Got2B Wireless, we will be hosting a contest and giving away “the Voice” – the intelligent hands-free solution – to one lucky winner. Keep […]

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#DFF: Distracted driving grows with the proliferation of technology

#DFF: Distracted driving grows with the proliferation of technology

This post is part of a campaign to prevent distracted driving headed by Be Car Chic and Beltrán About Cars. Please read our launch post from April 29th, then join us here, on Facebook and Twitter (@BeCarChic and @Cars_blog) to take the Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF) pledge. The following post was written by Carlos Beltrán and focuses on technology’s role in distracted […]

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#DFF: Laws could shape drivers’behind-the-wheel behavior

This post is part of a campaign to prevent distracted driving headed by Be Car Chic and Beltrán About Cars. Please read our launch post from April 29th, then join us here, on Facebook and Twitter (@BeCarChic and @Cars_blog) to take the Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF) pledge. The following post was written by Melanie Batenchuk and focuses on how […]

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#DFF: A campaign to prevent distracted driving

Please join us here at Be Car Chic, on Facebook and Twitter (@BeCarChic and @Cars_blog) for Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF). April is distracted driving awareness month, but awareness should not end at the turn of a calendar page. Today marks the launch of a distracted driving awareness program called Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF) that Be […]

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