iPhone users more likely than Android users to text behind the wheel

11 Apr
Apple iPhone SE lineupResults of a study conducted by an insurance comparison website revealed that iPhone users may be more likely than Android users to text and check their phones will driving. The Zebra surveyed 2,107 Americans and shared the results of its study with The Car Connection on Wednesday. The study found that iPhone users reported that they text, take...

Virginia votes to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

12 Feb
Texting while drivingCome Jan. 1, 2020, it will be illegal to use a cellphone while while at the wheel of a car in Virginia. Both houses in the General Assembly voted to pass new legislation to ban cellphone use while driving to curb distracted driving in the state. The Washington Post reported last week that drivers will face fines under the new law should an officer...

Just 1 in 5 iPhone users enable Do Not Disturb mode

30 Jan
Apple's 'Do Not Disturb' feature for driversIt turns out that Apple iPhone users aren't enabling the "Do Not Disturb" mode that silences calls and text messages when the smartphone thinks its owner may be driving. The IIHS published last week the results of a study of 800 respondents showing only 1 in 5 iPhone users had the function enabled. The mode, introduced for iPhone 6 and newer...

Study: Gen X drivers more likely to use phones while driving than younger drivers

29 Aug
Distracted drivingThe results of an online study released Tuesday contradict the popular stereotype that younger drivers are more likely to be distracted by their cellphones than older drivers. In every use case—from talking on the phone to checking social media—Generation X and millennial drivers showed a higher propensity to use their phones than the...

Georgia becomes 16th state to outlaw handheld cellphone use while driving

4 May
Older driver with phoneGeorgia drivers caught using handheld cellphones will soon be subject to a fine. A ban signed into law Wednesday by Governor Nathan Deal makes handheld phone use illegal beginning July 1. The move makes Georgia the 16th state with a handheld cellphone ban and it's the most dramatic measure against distracted driving to occur in Georgia since 2010...

NHTSA: Fatal car crashes rising, but not because of cell phones

9 Oct
ZF's distracted driver technologyThe federal government has released its statistical analysis of every fatal crash in 2016, and the results are surprising. The number of fatal accidents per mile traveled increased by 2.6 percent compared to 2015—and it’s not because of distracted drivers. The total number of fatal accidents jumped a startling 5.6 percent, though that...

Hate distracted pedestrians? Consider moving to Honolulu

3 Aug
Distracted pedestrian, walking and textingMobile phones are great, aren't they? Twenty years ago, who could have imagined the joys of getting stuck in a group text with a dozen family members, including three or four retirees who have nothing better to do than send out barrages of LOLs and misused emojis? Who dared to envision the excitement that would come with instant notifications from...