Infotainment Systems in Cars Can Present Big Distractions for Drivers, the AAA Foundation Says

In-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems let drivers issue various voice commands to control certain features in their environments, like their music levels. Intended to promote driver safety, IVI systems have been lauded by some as being helpful in getting drivers to focus on the road, as they can issue voice commands while continuing to watch the road and monitor their driving conditions. Two recent studies Read More

National Teen Driver Safety Week Starts Today

Today through Saturday October 24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a national safety campaign focused on reducing teen driver accidents and saving lives. Throughout this week, transportation officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be supporting the 5 to Drive campaign, which is urging parents to “discuss with their teens one traffic safety topic each day. Those topics, also Read More

New Heads-Up Displays in Vehicles: Improving Safety or Just Another Distraction?

The proliferation of new vehicle technology in recent years has gone a long way towards enhancing safety and preventing traffic crashes via features like blind spot detection systems, for instance. Not all of these advancements have been welcomed, however. And some – like the new heads-up displays in certain vehicles – are actually generating controversy and resistance. What Are Heads-Up Displays? Available in some Read More

3 Surprising Facts about Distracted Driving: What All Motorists Should Know

While distracted driving has been a problem for years, the rise of smartphones and mobile devices has made distracted driving a prominent threat to public safety on the roads in recent years. What may be compounding this problem is the fact that many drivers don’t know the facts about distracted driving. Instead, they continue to buy into the common misconception that multitasking behind the wheel is not risky. To Read More

MoDOT’s Focus on the Road Distracted Driving Campaign Focuses on Educating Teen Drivers

For the next two months, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be conducting a statewide campaign geared towards educating teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. This Focus on the Road campaign, which will run through November 6th, will reportedly involve law enforcement officials and others “engaging high school and college students across the state in assemblies and campus meetings Read More

Is Distracted Driving More Dangerous than Drunk Driving?

To answer this question, we’ll take a look at some of the latest findings from distracted driving research and facts compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Impairments Caused by Distracted Driving As the NHTSA has found, when drivers are distracted: Their perception is impaired – Distracted driving can cause motorists to take their eyes off of the road for precious seconds, Read More

Two dead in St. Louis trucking accident; authorities blame distracted driving

Two dead in St. Louis trucking accident; authorities blame distracted driving A horrific St. Louis semi accident killed two motorists in a seven-car, chain-reaction collision on I-55, St. Louis Today reported. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the tractor-trailer accident was caused by distracted driving after the trucker took his eyes off the road. By the time he returned his attention to the road, he found a Read More