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A Little Driving Music

A Little Driving Music

    Music & Driving While my heart loves to hear “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, studies show that “On the Road Again” by Canned Heat is a better option for me while driving.   A limited-participant study in 2013 by London Metropolitan University concluded the “optimum tempo of a song for safe […]

NHTSA: Backup Cameras Must Be Standard by 2018

NHTSA: Backup Cameras Must Be Standard by 2018

  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared Monday that there must be “rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.” NHTSA’s ruling includes requirements for the camera’s field of view as well as durability, responsiveness and size of the displayed image.   According to NHTSA, “This new rule […]

Google’s Latest Self-Driving Cars Hit the Public Streets

Google’s Latest Self-Driving Cars Hit the Public Streets

  Google’s self-driving car project has just reached another noteworthy milestone. This summer, the company’s latest prototype vehicles will hit the road in Mountain View, California for testing under real-world conditions. The cars require no human input while driving, though all will be tested with a safety driver aboard.   The adorable new iteration of […]

Tech that Makes Your Old Car Feel New

Tech that Makes Your Old Car Feel New

  What draws buyers to new cars isn’t necessarily the latest colors and styles — more often than not, it’s the latest technology. The average car on the road today is over 11 years old, which means it pre-dates a first-generation iPhone by 3 years, making it a technological dinosaur. While these older vehicles will […]

Goodyear Developing an Electricity-Generating Tire

Goodyear Developing an Electricity-Generating Tire

We cover a lot of cool car tech here at 1SafeDriver, from self-driving cars to in-dash Android displays. But the latest innovation from Goodyear caught our eye because it’s both a smart idea and potentially good for the planet. As reported by Wired, the tire company is working on designing an electricity-generating tire.     […]

Tips & Tricks for Using Google Maps like a Pro

Tips & Tricks for Using Google Maps like a Pro

  Did you know that today is Google Maps’ 10th birthday? The popular mapping service has evolved a lot over the last decade, making the jump from our computers to our phones, adding a ton of cool features along the way. Did you know that you can use Google Maps to measure aerial distances, or […]

Car Bumper Laser Protects Against Rear-end Collisions

Car Bumper Laser Protects Against Rear-end Collisions

We cover a lot of expensive pieces of technology here at 1SafeDriver, from $85,000 televisions to $1,495 HDMI cables. Sometimes, though, the coolest pieces of tech are also incredibly inexpensive. That’s the case with this $11 bumper-mounted laser designed to help prevent rear-end collisions in fog and other limited visibility weather conditions.   The laser […]

Clean Car tips

Clean Car tips

Think of it as a wise investment: Keeping your auto filth-free can boost its resale value and eradicate those nasty end-of-lease excess-wear-and-tear charges. And if you focus on the task at hand, it shouldn’t take more than an hour every two weeks. The Interior A shiny exterior polishes your automotive image with the world, but […]

Texting-While-Driving Study Likens Phone Use to Drug Addiction

Texting-While-Driving Study Likens Phone Use to Drug Addiction

When Huey Lewis sang “I Want a New Drug” back in the ’80s, he could not have foreseen that one day that newfangled pharmaceutical wouldn’t come in pill form but as a phone — and that it would be one of the more dangerous drugs on the market. The active substance in this new “drug” […]

What Are the Most Damage-Prone Cars?

What Are the Most Damage-Prone Cars?

  According to a 2014 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comparing different categories of cars and individual models by their relative “damage susceptibility,” some cars are indeed more likely to incur damage or, at least, costly damage — some way more costly — while others are far less so. The report uses data compiled […]