• March 31, 2015 | Status Report, Volume 50, Number 3

    Drivers eat and talk more at red lights

    Drivers engage in distracting behaviors in all types of situations, but many seem to save the most demanding activities for red lights.

  • March 3, 2015 | Status Report, Volume 50, Number 2

    Voice systems can reduce distraction

    Using voice commands to make calls and perform other tasks helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, but it doesn't eliminate visual distraction completely.

  • October 24, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving

    Searching for answers on distraction

    A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.

  • October 24, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving

    The self-correcting nature of science

    IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.

  • October 24, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving

    Cellphones aren't the only distractions

    Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.

  • October 24, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving

    Bans reduce phone use but not crashes

    Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.

  • December 2, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 12

    Drivers admit to risky habits in survey

    Drivers sat texting while driving, speeding and running red lights are dangerous but admit to doing them anyway.

  • September 28, 2010

    HLDI study: Texting bans don't reduce crashes

    A new study by researchers at HLDI finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers. In fact, such bans are associated with a slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for crash damage. This finding is based on comparisons of claims in 4 states before and after texting ban, compared with patterns of claims in nearby states.

  • February 27, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 2 | Special Issue: phoning while driving

    Driver phone use is widespread

    An Institute survey finds that large numbers of drivers talk on the phone and text even in challenging driving conditions.

  • February 27, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 2 | Special Issue: phoning while driving

    Cellphone bans don't reduce crashes

    Collision claims don't decrease after states enact driver cellphone bans, a new HLDI study finds.

  • February 27, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 2 | Special Issue: phoning while driving

    High-tech options to curb distraction

    Technology can be distracting, but some forms can help prevent distraction.

  • January 29, 2010

    Cellphone bans fail to reduce crashes

    As state legislators across the United States enact laws that ban the use of cellphones while driving, a new HLDI study finds no reductions in crashes after hand-held phone bans take effect. Comparing insurance claims for crash damage in four U.S. jurisdictions before and after such bans, the researchers find steady claim rates compared with nearby jurisdictions without such bans.

  • November 4, 2009

    IIHS testifies on cellphone laws and distracted driving

    IIHS testified before two U.S. House subcommittees at a joint hearing on distracted driving. Preliminary data from insurance claims suggest no apparent reduction in crash risk after states enacted  bans on hand-held phone use.

  • October 13, 2009 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 9

    Effects of cellphone bans vary

    Cellphone bans can have lasting effects on driver behavior, new research shows, but the safety impact isn't clear.

  • October 22, 2008 | Status Report, Volume 43, Number 9

    More states ban texting by drivers

    Seven states and the District of Columbia now prohibit drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

  • September 9, 2008 | Status Report, Volume 43, Number 7

    Survey finds high rates of distraction

    A Nationwide Insurance survey finds 4 out of 5 cellphone owners say they drive distracted.

  • June 9, 2008

    Teen drivers often ignore cellphone bans

    Teenage drivers' cellphone use edged higher in North Carolina after the state enacted a cellphone ban for young drivers, a new IIHS study finds. This is the case even though young drivers and their parents said they strongly support the restrictions. Parents and teens alike believe the ban on hand-held and hands-free phone use isn't being enforced.

  • January 28, 2006 | Status Report, Volume 41, Number 1

    Driver cell phone use increases

    Drivers are increasingly using the phone while driving. Meanwhile, research is making the risks of such behavior clear.

  • July 12, 2005

    Driver cellphone use quadruples injury crash risk

    Drivers are 4 times as likely to get into a crash serious enough to injure themselves when they are using cellphones than when they are not, IIHS researchers have found. The increased risk was estimated by comparing phone use within 10 minutes before an actual crash occurred with use by the same driver during the prior week.

  • March 22, 1997 | Status Report, Volume 32, Number 3

    Cellular phones quadruple crash risk when in use

  • June 3, 1995 | Status Report, Volume 30, Number 5

    Risky drivers are different, have more violations on their records