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Progressive’s Flo to Help Gain Customers as Distracted Drivers Lead to ‘Rate Shock’

Progressive Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. auto insurer, boosted spending on marketing this year to win customers after scaling back in the second half of 2016 when increased costs from car accidents threatened the company’s profit goals. “We’re excited to be …

PCI: Most Walkable Cities May Be Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

A recent online survey conducted in June 2016 by Harris Poll on behalf of PCI among over 2,000 U.S. adults shows that the U.S. cities that are considered the most walkable may also be the most dangerous for pedestrians. When …

Erie: Multi-tasking Drivers Distracted by Texting and Snapping Pics

People aren’t just multi-tasking at work and home; a new analysis shows they’re also doing double duty while driving. Erie Insurance analyzed social media data to coincide with Distracted Driving Awareness Month and gain insight into what drivers are doing …

Apple, Google Add to Smart Dashboard Auto Technology

Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard. With the 2016 model year, Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will turn …

Alcohol, Dementia Some of the Causes for Wrong Way Drivers

It’s a nightmare that unfolds unpredictably, in a split second. A car emerges from the blackness heading the wrong way along an unlit divided highway. It shouldn’t be there. Behind the wheel is a driver like John R. Fretts of …

Smart Dashboards in Cars Raise Safety Issues

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. …

Texas Families Push for Statewide Texting While Driving Ban

Sitting behind pictures of loved ones killed in crashes, 15 Texas families tearfully pleaded with lawmakers to support a statewide texting-while-driving ban. “This is how I hold my baby now,” said Jeanne Brown, wiping away tears as she held a …

Pedestrian Deaths in Las Vegas Prompt More Patrols

Police say several pedestrian deaths since the start of the year are prompting stepped up patrols around Las Vegas in February. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police announced Friday that officers would increase ongoing efforts to catch distracted drivers particularly those using …

Drivers Less Distracted by Google Glass Than by Smartphones

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded – but there is a twist. In the study texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles …

Maine State Police Concerned About Crashes

Maine State Police are asking motorists to slow down and move over when they see an officer conducting a traffic stop on the state’s roadways, after several cruisers have been struck in the past few months. Maine State Police Corporal …