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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...

Ellen helps John Travolta give his teen daughter driving lessons

John Travolta and Ellen Degeneres took backseat driving to a whole new level Tuesday when they skipped out on the Ellen sit-down interview to teach Travolta’s daughter how to parallel park. Poor Ella Travolta was mildly befuddled the entire time, gamely getting into Degeneres’ car while Travolta and Degeneres sat in the backseat (who does that??) and gave instructions to her. But there’s no...

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...

Galway researchers push to make autonomous cars safer

Researchers at NUI Galway have teamed up with motor parts group ValeoVision Systems to develop technology to make self-driving vehicles safer. The Connaught Automotive Research (CAR) Group, which is based on the university’s campus, is researching the development of intelligent signal processing algorithms to aid the automatic detection of pedestrians and other vehicles using cameras and other sensors. The objective is to...

Distracted driving victim pleads with texters to put cellphones away

John Boden was out for a Sunday drive eight years ago when a vehicle veered into his lane and crashed into his car head on. The driver, a 17-year-old girl, was texting and driving. John, left an incomplete quadriplegic, returned Thursday to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital to speak to physicians, staff, and patients on the importance of preventing distracted driving. In the video, Boden talks about his efforts to get people to put their cellphones away....

How to overcome a fear of driving

Mastering the art of three-point turns, parallel parking and reversing around a corner is just the beginning. The true test of driving ability comes only once you have ripped up those L-plates. And while most people find their first solo drive a nerve-wracking experience, for some that feeling of anxiety never goes away. The first time I drove alone was five years...