Commuters around the world dream of ideal driving conditions every day, but they rarely get them. The traffic is often heavy and gets worse when the weather turns sour. Light traffic and good weather are usually perceived as factors for a stress-free commute. Alas, researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that even under such ideal conditions, daily driving is stressful to many people, and for intriguing reasons.
Nov. 6–13 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The purpose of the week is to create awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving. Through a Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) funded survey, researchers found that about one in four people (23.6 percent) said they had driven drowsy within the past week. Almost 40 percent said they […]
Nearly 200 student leaders from Texas and around the nation attended the annual Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) Summit held May 15-17, 2016, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas. TDS, a peer-to-peer teen driver safety program, brought together a variety of teen traffic safety experts and interactive safety exhibits, as well as […]
A study designed to monitor and measure stress levels of drivers has uncovered evidence showing why texting can be so dangerous, while moderate levels of other driver distractions — like being upset or absent minded — triggers the brain’s “sixth sense” to help protect the driver. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) leads the three-year […]
Every day teens take their eyes off the road to tweet, text, snapchat, or post to the Internet. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. According to NHTSA and the US Department of Transportation, drivers under the age of 20 made up 27 percent (about 850) of the distracted […]