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How to Use Jumper Cables

Every driver should keep jumper cables in the trunk and be able to use them if the car stalls. Learn about how to use jumper cables in this article.


Do red-light cameras save lives?

The first red-light cameras were installed more than a decade ago. But have they really helped to reduce the number of accidents at the intersections where they're used? Can a red-light camera save lives? See more »

Top 10 Stolen Cars of 2010

Each year, the Highway Loss Data Institute releases its list of the most stolen car makes and models in the United States for a given year. So which cars made 2010's top 10? Here's a hint: It's dominated by flashy, fully-loaded SUVs and pickup trucks. See more »

What does a chop shop do?

Every 40 seconds, a car or truck is stolen in the United States. And nearly 25 percent of those are stolen by professionals who run illegal chop shops where mechanics dismantle cars and sell them for parts. See more »

Top 5 Ways to Get a Good Deal on a Car

Buying a new car can be an intimidating experience. How do you know you're getting a good deal? How can you be sure you aren't making a crucial (and costly) mistake? These 5 tips might help. See more »

Is texting while driving really worse than drunk driving?

Several states have created new laws to ban drivers from texting while operating a motor vehicle. But is there really any proof that texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving? See more »

Could we power all cars entirely from wind power?

Despite modern forecasting techniques, wind remains a fickle element. It's seasonal, dependent on storms and highly variable. Can we really count on wind to deliver steady, reliable energy for our cars? See more »

How the Autobahn Works

The word "autobahn" conjures images of top-speed thrills on smooth stretches of highway in the Bavarian heartland. The truth is, most German drivers simply consider it a way to get from point A to point B. See more »

How Automotive Recalls Work

Automotive recalls are often front-page news -- and for good reason. Recalls warn consumers that a specific product poses a potential threat. What do you do if your car is recalled? See more »

How Gas Pumps Work

You probably pass by several gas pumps on your daily commute, but you never pay them any attention -- until you need some gas, of course. Here's everything you'd ever want to know about them. See more »

Top 10 Cutting-edge Car Questions of 2008

If you're anything like us, you have a ton of questions about the car or truck that you drive to school or work each day. In fact, we're not sure how we managed to narrow this list down to 10 questions. See more »