Study: Voice-Texting Dangerous Behind the Wheel

Posted: Apr 23, 2013 4:26 PM EDT By Mark Kelly – bio | email Lynchburg, VA – A new study is warning drivers about texting on the roads. But, this time the warning is about voice-to-text technology, like iPhone’s Siri. Siri and others like it are more hands-free than the old-fashion texting with your fingers, but does that mean it’s safe to use on the road? According to this study, recording a text message by speaking in to your phone isn’t any safer than typing texts when you’re behind the wheel. Texas A&M Transportation Institute did the research and, ABC 13 did an experiment of our own. To do our own little voice-texting experiment, we enlisted help from Ken Frederick, a driving instructor. The pressure was on. “You got me nervous here, Ken,” said Mark Kelly, reporter. The goal: weave in and out of an obstacle course of cones while using the voice-to-text gadget
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Top Three Ways Driver’s Education Helps Your Teen

The Driver Education system in America has a purpose and a role in the process for teaching teenagers how to drive. The three most significant benefits are: Introduces teens to basic vehicle operation Teaches teens the rules of the road Prepares teens for passing the licensing exam at the DMV Basic vehicle operation introduction Vehicle operation can be confusing and somewhat unnatural for anyone who has never driven a car.  There are knobs, levers, switches, pedals, mirrors and a steering wheel that all must be adjusted, pressed or turned at some point while driving.  The first benefit of Driver’s Education is to familiarize new drivers with the control systems of their car. Rules of the Road Driver’s Education teaches new drivers the rules of the road and sign recognition.  This is critical to a driver’s safety.  Knowing proper lane positioning, lane change procedures, how to enter or exit a freeway
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Using G.P.S. Technology To Put The Brakes On Dangerous Driving

Charlotte Area Company Using G.P.S. Technology To Put The Brakes On Dangerous Driving by Kirk Hawkins Story Created: Aug 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM EDT Story Updated: Aug 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM EDT   CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Al Aitkin says his neighborhood of Myers Park has seen its share of teenage crashes. So much so, that he's always concerned about his family's safety. "In this day and time, iphones, ipads…that's not unreasonable to think you could use something like that," he said. Miles Huneycutt shows how one of Huntsville based eye INTEL's G.P.S. trackers can send a text message with the position, speed, and location of a teenage driver. Another type of G.P.S. tracker allows parents to track their teens whereabouts on their computers. "It does hold the teen responsible for their actions when mom and dad aren't in the car," Huneycutt said. Experts say parents need to carefully weigh trust
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YOVASO Invites TDSS To Speak At Leadership Retreat

Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) invited Teen Driving Solutions School to give a presentation on July 26, 2012 at their Summer Leadership Retreat.  The retreat is being held at the Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia and Chuck Hawks (President of TDSS) will be the closing speaker addressing some 200 teens and 150 adults who will be in attendance.  We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to address the teens in this great organization.  For more information on YOVASO, please visit their website (www.yovaso.net)
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Building a Case for Changing Driver Education in America (Part III)

For decades, driving has been the number one cause of death for teenagers in America.  Yet when you consider everything that has been done to reduce these deaths, it’s difficult to understand how that statement can remain true today even though it does. Without question, the death tolls in the vehicle crashes we’ve been discussing have dropped by almost half in the last 35 years or so.  In the late 1970’s, the fatality numbers (albeit inclusive of 13-15 year olds) were just under 10,000.  Ten years later they had dropped to 6600 and by the late 1990’s, fatalities declined further to around 5700. It wasn’t until 2007 that the number of crash related deaths (inclusive of 13-15 year olds) dropped below 5000 in any given year.  While the number is still staggering, it does represent a 50% reduction from 30 years prior.  Since the Driver Education programs hadn’t changed much
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