• December 10, 2015

    Study provides new window on distraction

    An IIHS analysis of data from a large naturalistic driving study provides new evidence that cellphones and other distractions raise the odds of a crash.

    Volume 50, Number 10
  • March 31, 2015

    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.

    Volume 50, Number 3
  • March 3, 2015

    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.

    Volume 50, Number 2
  • October 24, 2014

    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.

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

    The self-correcting nature of science

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

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

    Cellphones aren't the only distractions

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

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

    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.

    Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving
  • December 2, 2010

    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.

    Volume 45, Number 12
  • 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

    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.

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

    Cellphone bans don't reduce crashes

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

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

    High-tech options to curb distraction

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

    Volume 45, Number 2 | Special Issue: phoning while driving
  • 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

    Effects of cellphone bans vary

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

    Volume 44, Number 9
  • October 22, 2008

    More states ban texting by drivers

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

    Volume 43, Number 9
  • September 9, 2008

    Survey finds high rates of distraction

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

    Volume 43, Number 7
  • 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

    Driver cell phone use increases

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

    Volume 41, Number 1
  • July 16, 2005

    Driver phone use falls after D.C. ban

    Institute researchers find fewer drivers using phones following the District of Columbia's ban, but experience elsewhere shows the rate may creep up again.

    Volume 40, Number 6
  • 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.

  • February 7, 2004

    In other highway safety news…

    Deaths of older motorcyclists rise in Germany; North Carolina court rules red light cameras are constitutional; drivers using phones are less likely to buckle up.

    Volume 39, Number 2
  • August 26, 2003

    N.Y. cell phone ban effects don't last

    Once the publicity surrounding New York's ban on hand-held phone use behind the wheel dropped off, drivers went back to their old habits.

    Volume 38, Number 8
  • August 17, 2002

    Driver cellphone use drops with N.Y. law

    The percentage of drivers using handheld phones dropped by more than half after New York passed a law against it.

    Volume 37, Number 7
  • August 17, 2002

    Cell phone risk is hard to pin down

    It seems intuitive that talking on a phone while driving would be a bad idea, but is it worse than other distractions? Real-world data on the subject is hard to come by.

    Volume 37, Number 7
  • August 17, 2002

    Cell phone bills in state legislatures

    Lawmakers in at least 22 states have considered bills to prohibit hand-held phone use while driving. Bills to ban all phone use were introduced in eight other states.

    Volume 37, Number 7