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More research has come out that we drivers are a very distracted bunch; voice-activated assistants in our cars are marketed as tools to fight distracted driving. But voice-activated technology like Alexa and Siri can make drivers more distracted, not less. It just depends on how drivers choose to use this kind of tech. Continue reading >>>
Sometimes a modern problem is best solved by looking into the past.
Distracted driving, for instance, is a major cause of accidents, injuries, and deaths on roads around the world. Automakers have attempted to address the problem by connecting our phones to our cars so we may continue to receive the constant stream of information from our screens to our brains while driving.
That’s not working very well, though. People are still using their phones while behind the wheel to text, browse Facebook, make phone calls, and more.
Nissan has a solution that uses a piece of technology invented in 1836, and it just might work. Continue reading >>>
I made a promise to my family to not text while driving. Doing so is wildly dangerous and irresponsible, but also incredibly easy and tempting.
On any day, in any city around the country, a driver can look into the windows of surrounding cars and see a driver typing on his or her phone.
That driver will no longer be me, because I’ve decided that I control my phone instead of my phone controlling me. I won’t let it put my life, nor the lives of my loved ones, at risk.
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Like many other Americans yesterday, my family spent a good portion of time in the car traveling between family gatherings. Our travels were uneventful, aside from the occasional debate about what song to play. (One kid wanted Charlie Puth while another voted for Nirvana and yet another was set on Tribe Society. Thank goodness for affordable iPods.)
As the driver, I naturally kept my hands off my phone. From the high throne of my Land Cruiser, though, I could see neighboring drivers with faces buried in the soft glow of their smartphones.
Distracted driving is a major problem, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to take another step to do something about it.
The NHTSA has released voluntary guidelines to shut down apps on phones while a person is sitting behind the steering wheel.
Planning to buy a young driver a used car as a graduation present? Or maybe you’re a young person planning to buy your own first car? There’s lots of info available on safe cars for young drivers. What also needs consideration, though, is how young drivers can improve their skills and lower their insurance rates.
Here’s some advice along those lines.
The call every parent dreads begins like this:
“Your kids have been in an accident.”
There’s nothing scarier or more dreadful than hearing those words except for the unknown information that comes next.
Are they okay? Where are they? What happened? The questions flood your brain like rapid-fire bullets, and the answers can’t come fast enough. Guilt sets in because the number one function of a parent, protecting the kids, didn’t happen.
It’s an overwhelming feeling that’s only eased by the words, “They’re okay.”
I didn’t fully understand it until it happened to me.
How many times per day do you see people texting behind the wheel?
I’d venture to guess that every time you’re stopped at a light or stopped on the highway in heavy traffic, you’ll be able take a look at your fellow drivers and see at least one with his or her face buried in a phone.
It’s dangerous, and it shouldn’t happen, but we, as modern-day Americans, have outsourced our brains to our devices, and we can’t sever the connection. We text and drive, we e-mail and drive, we shop and drive, and we talk and drive. Many of us go about these activities while also eating or putting on makeup.
Driving has become the secondary or even tertiary activity while behind the wheel. Nobody can seem to stop it from happening.
So we must embrace it.
How far should an automaker go to make sure the drivers of its cars stay safe by limiting the amount of distractions behind the wheel?
The latest news on battling distracted driving falls under the category of either creepy or cool, depending on your take on in-car technology. After my experience this weekend, though, I wouldn’t just call it cool, I’d call it potentially life-saving.
Lexus was one of the first to use technology to sound an alarm when it sensed a driver was not paying attention.
GM plans to step up the technology in a big way.