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Uber Attempts to Make Peace With Drivers

Company unveils new policies, 24/7 support line

(Newser) - Hoping to erase all memory of its recent troubles, Uber has unveiled a host of new policies aimed at better treatment of its drivers—though forgetful riders might not be so thrilled. Among the recent policy changes making headlines is a new rule requiring riders to pay $15 to have... More »

'Damn Near Everybody' Uses Phones While Driving

Zendrive shares concerning numbers in largest distracted-driving analysis yet

(Newser) - An eyebrow-raising new study assesses the extent of distracted driving, with stats revealing just how many people use their cellphones while behind the wheel. "Damn near everybody … damn near all the time," Wired concludes after reviewing the Zendrive report, which the driving analytics company says is the... More »

Uber CEO: 'To Say I Am Ashamed Is Understatement'

Travis Kalanick caught on video arguing with driver

(Newser) - "To say I am ashamed is an understatement," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in an email to staff after video of him arguing with a driver surfaced. In the video, Uber driver Fawzi Kamel provided to Bloomberg , Kamel argues about falling fares for the high-end UberBlack service at... More »

10 States With Worst Drivers

Well, hello, Florida

(Newser) - Figuring out which states have the worst drivers is a little subjective, but SmartAsset tries to make things a bit more tangible by factoring in things such as DUI arrests, deaths per 1,000 drivers, the number of uninsured drivers, and, interestingly, Google searches about speeding tickets. Your worst offenders:... More »

Drowsy Drivers as Bad as Drunk Drivers: Report

Fatigue kills 5K on our roads each year, says GHSA

(Newser) - Drivers are told to "get more sleep" in an alarming new report that finds drowsy drivers are much like drunk drivers but get far less attention. A person who's been awake for 18 hours has a similar driving ability as someone with a 0.05% blood-alcohol content, while... More »

Google's 'Robot' System Can Now Be Considered Legal Driver

This could be a big step

(Newser) - Up until recently, Google's self-driving cars have been limited to real-world activity only in certain states (i.e., not on the federal level), and only under certain conditions, Quartz notes. But this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a Feb. 4 letter saying Google's self-driving system,... More »

Customer Rips Autistic Driver, Eatery Fires ... the Customer

Sometimes customer isn't right, he's rude

(Newser) - The old adage about the customer always being right ground to a precipitous halt at one Alaska restaurant earlier this month when aforementioned customer called Little Italy Restaurante to loudly complain that its delivery driver had messed up an order, "was an idiot and strung out on drugs."... More »

In China, Some Drivers Hit to Kill

It costs less money to pay for a funeral than a lifetime of care

(Newser) - In the US, hit-and-runs are not only frowned upon, they're often prosecuted if the perpetrator is caught. In China, hitting and running from the scene leaves open the possibility of being responsible for a lifetime of medical bills, so some drivers who hit then throw the car in reverse... More »

UPS Drivers Don't Turn Left

'Mental Floss' catalogs that and other 'secrets' of the company's fleet

(Newser) - If you find yourself in traffic behind one of those big brown trucks from UPS, chances are you're not in a left-turn lane. As Mental Floss explains, the company has figured out that left turns wind up wasting a lot of time and gas as drivers sit there waiting... More »

Surgeons Are the Most Accident-Prone Drivers

Medical workers are involved in a lot of wrecks, study suggests

(Newser) - People who spend much of their working lives stitching up accident victims are among those most likely to cause car accidents, according to a startling new study from Britain. The analysis commissioned by financial services firm Moneysupermarket.com found that surgeons were the most likely to file an at-fault claim—... More »

Judge: It's Legal to Flash Your Headlights to Warn of Cops

It's within your First Amendment rights, he rules

(Newser) - Drivers of the world, unite—because the coppers can't stop you from doing so, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled this week. It's a common custom of the road to flash your headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them if they're about to pass a police... More »

Really Illegal: Driver Laps Manhattan in 24 Minutes

Police commissioner is not impressed

(Newser) - The NYPD is on the lookout after an anonymous driver posted a video that appears to show him (or her) driving all the way around Manhattan (a 26.5-mile loop) in 24 minutes, 7 seconds. That would be an unofficial record, MyFox New York reports; the previous mark was 26:... More »

Smartphones May Help Pedestrians Dodge Cars

Honda, others working on warning technology

(Newser) - Automakers are working on technology that could cut down on the number of pedestrians hit by distracted drivers—or on the number of distracted pedestrians who walk in front of cars. It's a warning system that uses GPS systems on smartphones and something called dedicated short range communications, reports... More »

City With Worst Drivers Is...

Miami, according to Slate analysis

(Newser) - Everyone complains about their fellow drivers, but which city in the US truly has the worst ones? Miami, by a mile, according to an analysis in Slate that rounds up metrics including accidents, fatalities, drunk driving, and pedestrian strikes. The worst offenders:
  1. Miami: "Not even close," writes Brian
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California Gets Ready for Driverless Cars

New law creates regulations for testing self-driven vehicles

(Newser) - Attention, Amanda Bynes : Your driverless car is ready. California, which perhaps coincidentally seems to bear the brunt of starlets driving under the influence of stardom, has passed legislation clearing the way for autonomous cars on its roads. "Today we're looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality,"... More »

2 Dozing Teens Sunbathing on Road Hit by Car

Both expected to survive

(Newser) - Two teenage girls who fell asleep while sunbathing on a quiet rural road in Pennsylvania were struck by a car yesterday. The 13-year-old pals were airlifted to a nearby hospital, and are expected to survive. They were hit by a car driven by a cousin of one of the girls.... More »

Two More Kids Drive Cars; One Steals His

10-year-old takes truck from impound lot

(Newser) - Turns out drunken dads aren't the only ones who let their children get behind the wheel of a car. One Delaware mom let her 9-year-old boy drive himself to school this week, much to the amazement of other kids and parents, the Delaware News Journal reports. Police soon picked... More »

More Drivers Running Out of Gas

AAA going out on a lot more calls since March

(Newser) - Your sign of the day that gas prices are getting uncomfortable: AAA reports an 18% increase since March in roadside calls for drivers who have run out of gas. “Before it was more absentminded than anything else,” a Pittsburgh gas station attendant tells KDKA-TV . Now, "I believe... More »

Saudi Prince: Maybe We Should Let Women Drive

...that way, we can send foreigners home, says King Abdullah's nephew

(Newser) - Maybe women should be allowed to drive, says a senior Saudi prince—whose reasoning isn't that females should enjoy equal rights, or would make excellent motorists. Rather, it would allow the kingdom to send hundreds of thousands of foreigners home, reports Reuters . "A lot of Saudi women want to... More »

Why Elderly Drive Badly: They See Too Much

The brain loses its ability to filter out background visuals: Study

(Newser) - One of the knocks against elderly drivers is that, like Mr. Magoo, they just can't see what's in front of them. A new neurological study flips the premise and suggests that they see too much, reports Scientific American . The theory goes like this: Our brain takes in so much visual... More »

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