More elderly drivers will hit the road in the next decade, but family members wonder: When is it time for elderly loved ones to move to the passenger seat?
October 8, 2012 Most elderly drivers give up the keys only when their child or grandchild intervenes. Social workers say it's important for family members to be aware and look for changes in their parents' driving behavior.
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Drivers under 25 are more likely to send text messages and make calls behind the wheel. They're also less able to handle distractions while driving.
July 31, 2012 The prefrontal cortex, the brain's executive control center, develops more slowly than the limbic system, which controls arousal and reward. The mismatch makes it harder for teens to maintain concentration behind the wheel.
March 23, 2012 They're changing some of the rules about yielding at intersections, and despite a public awareness campaign there's concern that when the switch is made on Sunday many drivers will be confused.
Don't spill any. It's expensive.
January 6, 2012 The U.S. average price for a gallon of gas was a record $3.513 in 2011. Stronger demand, tensions with Iran and other factors are expected to push the average up further in 2012.
Just put it in the cupholder.
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December 13, 2011 The National Transportation Safety Board, today recommended that states "ban the nonemergency use" of cellphones and other portable electronic devices while driving. Many still do it. Do you?
October 20, 2011 Teen drivers have fewer accidents as they gain experience. But that doesn't mean they are cutting down on dangerous habits like taking sharp turns and braking quickly, research shows.
Richard Meehan, 16, with his car at his home in Shelton, Conn in 2008. Researchers say tougher licensing laws have led to fewer fatal car crashes involving 16-year-old drivers.
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September 14, 2011 Tougher licensing laws may explain the findings of a study that analyzed more than 130,000 fatal teen crashes over 22 years. Experts note that teens who wait until they are 18 can get their license without jumping through as many hoops — or facing as many restrictions.
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May 26, 2011 Washington, D.C. took dead last — 51st place — in an insurance company's report of drivers' fitness for the road. It looked at every state, and the one District, and ranked them by score and percentage passed.
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