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Safe Driver Articles & Resources

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Bracketron is committed to the principles that safety is paramount and a driver's highest priority must be safe control of their vehicle at all times.
We support state legislation imposing limits on the use of in-vehicle electronics to ensure driver safety.

 

To that end, we have developed a line of innovative products that, when used appropriately, promote smart driving habits by giving users a safe,
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Stats/Facts

  • Seven in ten (69.6%) licensed drivers, when asked to compare the safety effects of holding a phone versus talking on a hands-free device, said the hands-free option was somewhat or much safer (Table 10). (2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index AAA)
  • Only a third (36.3%) reported finding hands-free device use by drivers unacceptable (somewhat or completely), and only one in five (21.1%) perceived social disapproval of this behavior from others in their community (2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index AAA)
  • Consistent with these attitudes, there is less general support from the public for laws and regulations that would restrict the use of hands-free technologies, as opposed to hand-held ones, behind the wheel. For example, whereas seven in ten licensed drivers (69.4%) support a law banning hand-held phone use by all drivers, more than half (53%) oppose a law that would universally ban all types of cell phones (including hands-free) (Tables 13 and 14). Essentially the same percentage (52.8%) also opposes having the federal government regulate non-driving-related technologies in vehicles to ensure they don’t distract drivers. (2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index AAA)

https://www.aaafoundation.org/2013-traffic-safety-culture-index

  • The Virginia Tech distracted-driving study showed talking on a phone to slightly increase chances of a crash, but didn't make any distinction between Bluetooth headsets and in-car kits, and saved the alarming statistics for dialing a phone, texting, and emailing.
  • “But slapping down a ban on all conversations just goes too far. It's unenforceable, impractical, and even seems to contradict itself. Rather than stamping out all phone use, the NTSB and the industry should work to make texting and e-mailing on the road impossible.” (PCMag)
  • About 99% of 2012 vehicles had standard or optional Bluetooth connectivity for phones and cars, and most of those — and many navigation systems — have voice controls, says car-buying siteEdmunds.
  • The Highway Loss Data Institute's research indicates that car collision rates didn't change after cell phone bans went into effect--and they didn't change for nearby states without such bans, either.
  • Using a cellphone while driving may be distracting, but it does not lead to higher crash risk in the setting we examined," Carnegie Mellon social and decision sciences Professor Saurabh Bhargava said. (Carnegie Mellon University cell phone study)

http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/august/aug8_drivingcellphonestudy.html

  • When researchers installed cameras in the cars of 12 families over a three-week period, they found talking on the phone only accounted for one percent of distractions. Distractions from children, meanwhile, accounted for 12 percent of all distractions. (Monash University Accident Research Center Study)

http://www.monash.edu.au/miri/research/research-areas/transport-safety/\

 

Articles

Texting While Driving – information from the FCC about the dangers of texting and using your cell phone while driving
Distracted Driving – informative resource from OSHA on the dangers of distracted driving
for teens and all people

The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Driving Distractions – helpful information on distractions that can affect drivers on the road
Should cell phone use by drivers be illegal?
The Effect of Cellular Phone Use Upon Driver Attention
How to Minimize Distracted Driving
Should Cell Phone Use By Drivers Be Illegal?
Driving Requires Full Attention- Ontario Handheld Device Ban
Distracted Driving- Stereos, GPS and Other Electronics
U.S. Launches Distracted Driving Site- GPS Users May Get Classified with Abusers
Safety & Driver Education - Distracted Driving
Infographic: Taking Phone Calls While Driving is a Bad Idea
Mobile Phones and Driving Safety
The Facts about Texting while Driving
Cell Phone Safety Tips
What Driving While Texting Tells Us About Multitasking
Distracted driving put to the test
Dangers of Distracted Driving
Four distracted driving Myths

 

Studies & Reports

Adults and Cell Phone Distractions
Teens and Distracted Driving
What is distracted driving?  Key facts and statistics
Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do

State Laws & Legislation

Cell Phone and Texting Laws
State Laws on Distracted Driving
Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs
Can I use the optional Suction cup in California or Minnesota?