Distracted Driving Research

“Do as I Say, Not as I Do” Is Failing Our Kids, Study Finds

A new study reveals that teens’ parents – the traditional rule enforcers – are the new rule breakers on the road. An alarming 37 percent of parents admit they do not enforce punishments when their teen breaks a rule – including the law, such as texting while driving. Why aren’t there consequences? More than a […]

Rethinking Defensive Driving in Light of Distracted Driving

SPIDER Framework

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a good time to reflect on just how bad distracted driving has become in our country. For many of us seeing other motorists focused on their phones whizzing by in traffic has become a routine occurrence. Whether its texting, changing music, accessing Facebook or using any one of […]

U.S. 2015 Traffic Deaths Show a Sharp Increase In the First Half of 2015

Motor vehicle crash data statistics for the first half of 2015 (Jan. – June) produced by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal an 8% spike in traffic deaths over the same period in 2014. Stating that the numbers are a “call to action” [….]

AAA Study: Distracted Driving May be Involved in More Teen Crashes Than Previously Thought – 58% Caused by Driver Distraction

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released the results from its most recent distracted driving study and the results are troubling. Quantifying the extent of the distracted driving problem has been difficult. There is no blood test for distracted driving and many folks just don’t admit they were distracted at the time of a crash. […]

Parents – Don’t buy your teen a cheap old car

Per mile driven, the rate of serious vehicle crashes, including fatal ones, involving teens remains tragically high — about three times higher than that for adults. Parents can help to avoid heartbreak by considering safety when choosing a vehicle for their teen. Consider the recent study which compiled relevant data regarding teen fatalities and vehicles […]

N.J. Pedestrian Deaths Spike by 28% in 2014

      The New Jersey State Police released its fatality crash statistics for 2014, reflecting a 3.9%  increase in highway fatalities in 2013 by 21 victims, bringing the total to 563 up from 542 in 2013. While driver, passenger and pedacyclists fatalities all decreased from 2013, the number of pedestrians killed spiked by 28%. […]

NHTSA Releases 2013 Crash Data – Highway Fatalities and Injuries Declining

Roadway deaths fall nearly 25% in a decade, fatality rates at a historic low – In late December, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) final data for 2013. That data reflects a 3.1% decrease from 2012 and a nearly 25% decline in […]

Wayne State University Researchers Study Decline in Driving Performance While Texting Based on Age

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, something that was certainly confirmed again in a recent study by Wayne State University Researchers. Using a driving simulator, lane excursions while texting were measured (middle of the car departing  from driving lane into opposing lane of travel or onto the shoulder). Roughly 50% of the […]

NHTSA: Distracted Driving Crashes Cost Americans $129 Billion a Year

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new study that points to the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States [….]

University of Michigan Study – 90% of Parents Drive Distracted With Children in the Car

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, a month designated to bring awareness to the fact that traffic accidents are the number 1 killer of teens and to get teens involved in the solution. We at know that distracted driving is not just a teen issue. We ask teens, as part of our presentation, […]