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Articles about Safe Driving: Whether in a car or on a motorbike, safe driving requires care, attention and a thorough knowledge of the Rules of the Road

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...

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 distracted driving puts you in danger

The dangers of distracted driving can be reduced to a simple but revealing math problem. Facts and figures that Chance Bothe discovered, almost to his demise, more than four years ago. “Don’t do it. Don’t do it,” he said of texting and driving in a 2012 interview on the day he was released from T.I.R.R. Memorial Hermann after months of rehabilitation from...

This technology could prevent people from texting and driving

Though self-driving cars may be a little further down the road, auto manufacturers such as Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen are currently testing technology that can tell if a driver is fully focused while driving — and the launch of these systems could happen as early as 2017. Delphi Automotive is developing tech that tracks drivers’ gaze and head movement using cameras and software, and alerts drivers with...