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AAA Study Shows Hands-Free Devices Are Not Distraction-Free

distracted driving The American Automobile Association (AAA) and the University of Utah recently conducted a study on distracted driving. The study focused on the mental workload and reaction times for a driver performing various tasks not related to driving while behind the wheel. The study concluded that “dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road,” says AAA. User interfaces such as hands-free, voice-to-text systems may not require drivers to divert their ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Releases New Guidelines to Combat Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released voluntary guidelines Tuesday to help automakers minimize the risk of distracted driving. The new guidelines are designed to reduce distractions created by technology that’s built into vehicles, such as navigation and infotainment systems. “Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation's roadways," says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a press release. "These guidelines recognize that today's drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with ... continue reading»

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Cell Phone Use While Driving Could Cost You

Depending on the state you’re driving in, you could pay up to a $10,000 fine and spend a year in prison if caught using your cell phone while driving. According to a study released last Tuesday by Online Auto Insurance, “Texting while driving has become an epidemic in America that has led 39 states and the District of Columbia to ban all drivers from engaging in the practice.” The strictest state, based on the Online Auto Insurance results ... continue reading»

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Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving? Don't Surf and Drive

If you’re driving over the holiday, put your smartphone down, as a new survey indicates that mobile web use is contributing to distracted driving more than ever. “Though texting while driving remains a concern on the nation’s highways, people are also webbing while driving with increasing frequency,” says State Farm in a press release. “These behaviors may pose equal or greater concerns in the effort to reduce distracted driving.” State Farm’s survey polled almost 4,000 drivers ... continue reading»

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Drowsy Driving Plagues Young Drivers

A new AAA study finds that drivers age 16 to 24 are more likely to doze off while driving than older drivers. According to the study, about 14 percent of licensed drivers in this age group admitted that they fell asleep “at least once” in the past year while driving. When looking at licensed drivers of all ages, AAA found that 10 percent owned up to the same dangerous behavior. “Research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving, with many symptoms ... continue reading»

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