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Research Suggests That Leaving a Kid in a Hot Car Can Happen to Anyone
Vehicular heatstroke deaths are more common than most caregivers think, and can happen to just about anyone.
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Jerry
May 11, 2022
New York City Is Spending $4 Million To Scare People Into Driving Safely
A new billboard campaign throughout New York City aims to reduce traffic fatalities by warning drivers of the consequences of speeding.
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Jerry
May 10, 2022
Is Toyota's New Slip/Grip Steering Wheel Design Practical or Nonsense?
Toyota’s slip/grip design patent could have some advantages and disadvantages for drivers because it takes some control of the steering wheel away from the driver.
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Jerry
Apr 05, 2022
What Is National Pothole Day?
It is hard to find anyone who would claim to love potholes. So how did this universal hated thing get its own national day?
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Jerry
Mar 22, 2022
A Common Myth Could Be Scaring Buyers Away From Electric Cars
Electric vehicle fires are rare due to numerous safety regulations in place. However, there aren’t any measures in place to prevent a fire from a severe driver error.
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Jerry
Mar 15, 2022
A Nearly Tragic NASCAR Crash Somehow Had a Happy Ending
A devastating crash in Daytona ends in a driver walk away practically unharmed. Why could this have ended differently in 2001?
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Jerry
Mar 05, 2022
Investigators Finally Stepping up to Really Study Driver-Assistance Technology
Investigators with the NHTSA are at last comparing data on all driver-assistance technologies offered by different automakers.
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Jerry
Mar 01, 2022
How Safe Are Three-Row SUVs?
Three-row SUVs have largely taken the place of minivans as the family vehicle of choice. But how safe are three-row SUVs really?
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Jerry
Feb 25, 2022
GM's StabiliTrak, What the Heck Is It?
GM’s StabiliTrak is a traction control safety feature included in all GM vehicles that helps give the driver maximum control of their vehicle.
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Jerry
Feb 24, 2022
How to Decorate Your Car For a Graduation Parade!
Graduations are a time to celebrate accomplishments, and what better way to do that than to be in a graduation parade! Here are some fun decoration ideas to help you make your car exactly what you want for your exciting day.
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Jerry
Feb 20, 2022
Inside Japan's Rollercoaster Bridge
The Eshima Ohashi Bridge is an amazing feat of engineering—and also an incredibly fun drive.
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Jerry
Feb 18, 2022
3 Best Booster Car Seats
Finding the right booster car seat for your child is important. These three options will keep your young one safe and happy.
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Jerry
Feb 12, 2022
Massive Winter Storm Traffic Jams Provides Proving Grounds for EV Adoption
The recent historic winter storm traffic jam in Virginia brought up a debate about EVs, but surprising success stories emerged. Would you want to be in an EV during a winter storm?
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Jerry
Feb 09, 2022
Top Safety Expert Says There Is ‘No Evidence’ That Partial Automation Makes Cars Safer
President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety David Harkey argues that there is no evidence automation makes cars safer.
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Jerry
Feb 07, 2022
Are Bigger Cars Safer? Here's What the Data Says
Safety is a top concern when looking for a new car, but apparently safety features aren’t the only factor to consider. Data is showing that bigger cars might have a safety advantage over smaller vehicles due to their size.
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Jerry
Feb 05, 2022
A New Federal Plan To Reduce Roadway Deaths Has a Few Controversial Ideas
The Department of Transportation’s new policy, known as the National Roadway Safety Strategy, aims to reduce fatalities. But not every proposal has unanimous support.
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Jerry
Feb 05, 2022
How Do Blind-Spot Monitors Work?
Car safety features are continuing to improve, and one of the newer features to start leaking down into standard trims is blind-spot monitoring. Let’s take a look at how these systems work and why they’re so beneficial.
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Jerry
Feb 02, 2022
6 Safety Features to Look for When Buying a New Car
As car technology improves, so do their safety features. With a whole new world of optional safety features out there, here’s a list of some of the best ones to look out for when buying a new car.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Did You Know? Rearview Cameras Have Been Around Since the '50s
Safety features like driver-assist and automated parking assist are all the rage these days. But this popular piece of car tech has been around a lot longer than you think.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Traffic to Work? 5 Albums from 2021 to Sooth Your Troubles
Americans spend a lot of time commuting to work. What music from 2021 can help cure the traffic doldrums?
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Top 4 Car Movies for Kids on Your Holiday Trip
About to take a long car ride to visit family over the holidays? Here are some great holiday movies to keep your kids occupied in the car.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Outdated Vehicles Increase the Risk of Crash Fatalities in Older Drivers
The IIHS study found that older vehicles can increase the risk of crashes due to outdated safety technology. Older drivers are more likely to drive outdated models.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Do You Need a Seat Belt Cutter and Other Car Escape Tools?
No one wants to think about getting into a car accident, but being prepared can save your life. A seat belt cutter and a window breaker can help you get away from danger quickly.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
How to Light Road Flares
Proper road flare use can inform motorists that your vehicle is a roadway hazard. Learn how to safely place and light flares as warning devices.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
How to Adjust Side Mirrors
Proper mirror adjustment is critical to safe driving, and learning the right techniques can help ensure you see the road around you. Here's a guide on how to adjust side mirrors.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Worst Cars for Teenage Drivers
Some of the worst cars for teenage drivers are naturally very fast stock trims. Some of these models include the Subaru WRX, the Honda Civic Type R, and the Mazda RX8.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
What Is a Quick-Release Steering Wheel?
Quick-release steering wheels were made for professional drivers to exit their cars quickly. They are often secured by a pin or pull ring, however, they are not street legal.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Braking Distances On Some New Hybrids are Longer Than They Have to Be
Sacrificing braking distance for fuel economy doesn’t sound like a good idea, but Consumer Reports says some automakers are doing just that.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Kids on the Way? Top 3 Safest Car Brands for Kids
Safety comes first when it comes to kids and that’s why we’ve collected the safest car brands. Models like the 2020 Mazda 6 and 2020 Honda insight rank top-in-class for safety measures.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
What Are the Safest Car Brands?
For most drivers, safety is one of their top priorities when looking for a new car. Which brands have the best reputations?
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022

All Questions on Road Safety

Is traveling in a car safe in the third trimester?
I’ll be driving to see my parents next month. It’s an 8-hour ride, and I’m seven months pregnant. Is it safe to travel by car that far when I’m in my third trimester?
Rachel Rigolino
Jan 20, 2022
How do you do a head check while driving?
I want to make sure that I pass my driving test this time but I don’t really understand what a head check is. When should you turn your head while driving?
Liz Jenson
Jan 19, 2022
How does the Life360 app know who is driving?
I’ve recently signed up with the Life360 app but I’m confused about how it works. How can it tell if I’m driving or my wife is driving?
Andrea Barrett
Mar 31, 2022
What should defensive drivers always expect when driving in traffic?
I haven’t taken a defensive driving course in a long time and I want to be sure that I’m being as safe as possible when driving in a congested area. What should defensive drivers anticipate while in traffic?
Kevin Martinez
Jan 19, 2022
How to get salt stains out of a car carpet?
This winter I’ve been tracking an unusual amount of salt back into my car, and let’s just say, you can tell. How do I remove the salt stains from my carpet?
Will Baldwin
Nov 29, 2021
How does a cop know which car was speeding?
How do radar guns work? I got a speeding ticket. There were two other cars around me, so how did the cop know it was me who was speeding?
Phoebe Mah
Nov 11, 2021
How long does a typical car safety inspection take?
I need to get a car safety inspection to get a registration for the car I bought. How long does a typical car safety inspection take?
Eric Schad
Aug 27, 2021
Is speeding considered reckless driving?
One of my friends was charged with reckless driving about a week ago, but he swears that he wasn’t doing anything unsafe other than going about 15 mph over the speed limit. So out of curiosity, is speeding considered reckless driving?
Eric Schad
Jan 28, 2022
How do you move the stash car in GTA 5?
Is there any way to move the stash car in GTA 5? I really need to move it but I don’t know how to do it since the engine is broken.
Liz Jenson
Mar 21, 2022
Is it illegal to sleep in your car in Texas?
I’m from Houston, Texas, and I just graduated from college. Before I find my first big boy job, I want to go all over Texas during the summer. To save money, I was thinking about sleeping in my car. Is this legal in Texas?
Eric Schad
Feb 23, 2022
What can I do to protect my car engine during the winter?
I just bought a new car, and oddly enough, I have to move to Alaska for a year for work. How can I protect my car's engine during the harsh Alaskan winter?
Eric Schad
Aug 03, 2021
Where is the largest blind spot on your vehicle?
I often have trouble checking my blind spot because my peripheral vision isn’t great. To counteract this, I’m studying up on where to look for potential blind spots. To help me in this quest, I want to know: what’s the largest blind spot area on your vehicle?
Eric Schad
Mar 02, 2022
What is the Toyota Camry blind spot monitor?
I’ve had numerous Toyota Camry models over the years, but I’ve never really thought about safety features. I read that all new Camrys come with a blind spot monitor, but I have no idea what it does. What is the blind spot monitor on a Toyota Camry?
Eric Schad
Mar 02, 2022
How often should you stop to rest when driving?
I’m about to take my first road trip ever and I’ve offered to drive for a lot of it. How often should I stop to rest so I don’t get tired or burnt out?
Liz Jenson
Mar 02, 2022
What does HTS stand for in driving?
In my driver’s ed class, I’ve heard my teacher use the abbreviation HTS on numerous occasions. I’m not a very vocal student, so I didn’t ask what it stands for. What does HTS mean in driver’s ed?
Eric Schad
Feb 01, 2022
How do I travel with cats in a car with litter?
I want to take a long road trip with my cats, so I thought about putting the kitty litter in the back of the car in the cargo area. What are some tips to travel with cats in a car with litter?
Eric Schad
Mar 30, 2022
How many people died from drunk driving in 2016?
I’m doing a research project about drunk driving fatalities in the last 10 years. How many people in 2016 died from drunk driving?
Mary Cahill
Mar 08, 2022
How does understanding your vehicle's components lead to safe driving?
We were learning about various parts of cars today in driver’s ed. My instructor said that this will make us safer drivers but I don’t understand how. Why is it helpful to know about car parts in order to drive safely?
Liz Jenson
Jan 21, 2022
Can a child travel on the lap of a parent in a car?
We’re visiting family in Georgia and forgot our car seat at home. Could our seven year old child travel on the lap of a parent in the car? We don’t want to spend extra money on a car seat, but also want to keep our child safe.
Emily Maracle
Jan 27, 2022
When do I use low beams?
I’m trying to become a better driver. I know that using your headlights correctly is important. While I know when to use my high beams, when am I supposed to use low beams?
Eric Schad
Mar 04, 2022
What is the best way to protect yourself after a car accident?
What can I do to make sure I am safe after a car accident? I haven't been in one before, but I don’t want to take any chances—I want to make sure I am as prepared as possible. If I do get into a car accident, how should I protect myself?
Shannon Martin
Oct 21, 2021
Why does a car slip more in the fall than winter?
What makes my car slip so much more in the fall than winter? Everyone says to be careful driving in the winter, but I think I slip more in the fall. Is there a reason this might be the case?
Joshua Levy
Nov 30, 2021
How do I fill air in car tires at a gas station?
My tire is low and the only place in my town to get air is at the gas station. How do I fill the air in car tires at a gas station?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 17, 2021
How far is Tennessee from New York driving?
I’m a private investigator based out of New York City, and my next case is taking me to Nashville—how far is Tennessee from New York driving?
Jason Tushinski
Mar 14, 2022
Can anyone drink and drive safely?
I’m putting together a presentation on the dangers of drinking and driving for my senior year final project. I know that some people think that a few drinks are okay before you hit the road—is that true? Is it possible to drink and drive safely?
Samuel Todd
Feb 28, 2022
Do bad rotors make noise while you're driving?
What does it sound like when you need to replace your rotors? I’ve been hearing a weird noise from my car lately and I think that might be the reason, but I’d like to know what’s wrong before I take it to the shop.
Liz Jenson
Feb 14, 2022
How do I sleep in my car in the winter?
I live in Missouri, but two of my best friends moved to Denver. They want me to come out for a week to go skiing, and I’m super excited about it. My only issue is that I’ve never been on a solo road trip and almost my entire budget is going toward skiing. What are some tips to sleep in my car during a winter road trip?
Eric Schad
Feb 25, 2022
How do you stop an elderly person from driving?
My grandfather is 88 years old, but he’s still pretty spry for his age. Despite his energy, he didn’t pass his driving test, yet he refuses to stop driving. I care about his safety. What can I do to prevent my grandparent from getting behind the wheel?
Eric Schad
Feb 22, 2022
What is brake checking?
A friend of mine was complaining the other day that someone brake checked her on the road. That’s a term I’ve never heard before. What exactly does brake checking mean?
Michelle Ballestrasse
Feb 22, 2022
What are the five most important safety features on a car?
I want to purchase a new car and safety is one of my main priorities. However, I don't want to dig through hundreds of safety features to compare each one, as I know many come standard on all cars or are required by law. What are the five most important safety features on a car that I should look for?
Eric Schad
Aug 02, 2021

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