Category: Safe Driving

How ‘app trial’ shows we’re not the drivers we think we are

The conclusion was reached after 40 volunteers in Ford Fiestas spent four months/4,000 hours driving 160,000kms. The level of detailed monitoring by plug-in devices was extraordinary. It included the slightest turns of the steering wheel, braking, time, weather and reactions. And a prototype driving app calculated ‘personal driver scores’ based on behaviour, acceleration and steering. The trial was carried out by Ford...

Keen Driving Lessons in Dublin

There are a number of driving schools in south Dublin, but none more affordable and convenient than A Direct Drive. We have satisfied learners all over south county Dublin with driving courses provided by some of the most qualified and friendly instructors at really affordable charges. Getting a driving license is a wonderful feeling, the sense of independence erupts when your have...

New Study Links Personality Types to Risky Driving Behavior

Drivers who are more extroverted and open to new experiences may be a higher risk on the road, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Researchers at UAB’s Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory sought to find which personality types were most linked with distracted driving — you know, checking your phone and texting while driving, which...

Teens take cars to the extreme, learn safe driving

Car crashes are the number one cause of teen deaths in the United States, but on Saturday two organizations paired up to try and change that.   “Part of the problem with teens is they just don’t have the experience, the seat time,” said Tim Beechuk, National Project Manager for Tire Rack Street Survival program. The National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park and...

Learner Driver

Driving Rules For Your Learner Driver

A growing body of evidence suggests it’s important to put limits on learner drivers  and novices when, where and with how many friends they drive. Those restrictions can dramatically reduce the chances that learners and novices — the most crash-prone age group around — will get into an accident. The adults need to remember that they have the keys. They have the power to set the limits....

Distracted Driving Simulation

Simulation shows dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a tragic trend. It’s the cause of nearly 80 percent of accidents. Yet so many people are willing to take the risk, especially younger drivers who have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. In 2010, distracted driving was responsible for more than 400,000 injuries.  Performing tasks such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting make you three...

Smart Phone Apps for Monitoring Teen Drivers

SMART PHONE APPS FOR MONITORING TEEN DRIVERS RoadReady: This powerful app is an extension to The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, RoadReady recently became available to parents of teen drivers just in time for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct 20-26). The RoadReady app allows parents to track and log driving experience during the Learner’s Permit process. AT&T...

Mobile phone is most hated of driver bad habits

The other most annoying habits that irked respondents included: Overtaking illegally or dangerously (47.7 per cent ); driving too slowly (44.1 per cent ); not indicating or generally bad lane use (43.2 per cent ); and breaking the speed limit (40 per cent ). More than half of drivers (51 per cent ) said looking down at a mobile phone while texting...

Motorists will face penalty points for faulty tyres this year

That is the pledge from Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe after he said he was shocked at new findings which found faulty tyres are contributing to far more accidents than was previously realised. The results of new analysis of Garda forensic evidence investigations into fatalities have shocked those involved in road safety – with tyres a factor in 14 deaths a year. The...