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Safe Driver Articles & Resources

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 appro-
priately, promote smart driving habits by giving users a safe, convenient location to
mount their device so they can keep their focus on the road.

 

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

  • Transportation Secretary Ray Hood says LaHood, who certainly endorses safety, told reporters yesterday “the problem is not hands-free. That is not the big problem in America.”
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as physically reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times. (Virginia Tech Study VTII distraction.gov)

http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html

  • Only 20% of Fortune 500 companies responding to an NSC survey indicated that they ban employees from using cell phones while driving. (2010 NSC Survey of Fortune 500 Companies)

http://www.nsc.org/Pages/Fortune500SurveyResults.aspx

  • 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
GPS Nav May Be Dangerous Distraction
Five Reasons Why You Are a Safer Driver With GPS
Should Cell Phone Use By Drivers Be Illegal?
Driving Requires Full Attention- Ontario Handheld Device Ban
Distracted Driving- Stereos, GPS and Other Electronics
Gadget-Based Distractions: What about GPS?
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
Texting While Driving Kills: Here's One Grim Example
Mobile Phones and Driving Safety
The Facts about Texting while Driving
Cell Phone Safety Tips
Put the brakes on distracted driving
What Driving While Texting Tells Us About Multitasking
Distracted driving put to the test
Dangers of Distracted Driving
AT&T Don't Text While Driving Documentary
Verizon Wireless - Our Commitment
Four distracted driving Myths
Bus Driver Charged In Crash That Kills 8-Month-Old Baby

Studies & Reports

Distracted Driving 2009
An Examination of Driver Distraction as Recorded in NHTSA Databases
Driver Electronic Device Use in 2009
Driver Electronic Device Use in 2008
Distracted Driving and Driver, Roadway, and Environmental Factors
THE ROLE OF DRIVER DISTRACTION IN TRAFFIC CRASHES
Adults and Cell Phone Distractions
Teens and Distracted Driving
Group Survey on Distracted Driving Data Collection and Reporting

Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do

State Laws & Legislation

Cell Phone and Texting Laws
State Laws on Distracted Driving
Reduce Hand-Held Phone Use

Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs
Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs
Can I use the optional Suction cup in California or Minnesota?
Digest of Distracted Driving Laws