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Do Bikes Slow Down Car Traffic? Actually, No

If you're a motorist you may be silently cursing the bicyclist in front of you for making you late. But a study showed the speed difference was negligible.

Ford Software Update Lets Cop Cars Cook Away Coronavirus with Heat

A software update from Ford heats cars up to 133 degrees Fahrenheit to help police officers reduce the footprint of the COVID-19 virus in their patrol fleet.

A Dashcam Might Be Helpful if You Get Into a Car Accident

Dashcams are inexpensive and easy to install. And they might be provide critical evidence if you're involved in a car accident. So why don't you have one?

Want an Emoji on Your License Plate? Move to Vermont!

The Green Mountain State has introduced a bill to allow motorists to include emojis on their license plates. And we are totally on board.

Is Jaywalking Still a Crime?

The history of jaywalking is probably way more complex than you'd expect. Criminalizing crossing the street has roots in the auto industry, class wars and even racism.

Why Aren't Seat Belts Required on All School Buses?

School buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road. But most also don't have seat belts, leaving the children inside vulnerable to injury in a crash.

Your Car May Soon Say 'No' to Drunk Driving

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to mandate technology that could end drunk driving as we know it by 2024.

How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree Home

Plan on buying a live Christmas tree this year? Don't be that guy who loses it on the road between the lot and your house. We've got tips to help you get it home safely.

HowStuffWorks Illustrated: Zipper Merge

The zipper merge is best. Drivers should stay in their lane until the very last minute and then take turns entering the open lane.

Is There a Scientific Strategy for Finding a Good Parking Spot?

Seems like just when you've settled on a parking spot far out, some joker cruises by and gets a space in the front row. What do scientists think is the best way to score a good parking space?

How to Escape a Sinking Car

The impossible happens. You're trapped in your car and it's sinking. Could you break a window to get out?

Is Parallel Parking Outdated?

Sure, it's a good skill to have, but for how much longer?

Texas Law Would Let Parents Give Teen's Driving Test

Who needs the DMV? If Texas HB 409 passes, parents could soon bypass it altogether and make their novice teens legal to drive.

5 Famous Death Cars — Where Are They Now?

JFK. Tupac. Bonnie and Clyde. They each died in a car, but what happened to those famous vehicles after the fact?

Wearable Air Bags Save Lives

These personal air bags can help anyone prone to falling, including motorcyclists, horseback riders and senior citizens.

The 'Dutch Reach' Prevents Bike Crashes

Opening your car door the right way could help you avoid a horrifying collision with a biker and save a life.

Should Licensed Drivers Be Tested Periodically?

Wouldn't it be a good idea to retest drivers every so often? Experts say not really.

Can Your Car Have Too Many Bumper Stickers?

The van driven by the recent pipe bombing suspect was literally covered from top to bottom with right-wing stickers. But, for the average law-abiding citizen, how many bumper stickers is too many?

Why Syncing Stop Lights May Not Solve Traffic Woes

Ever get red light after red light when you're driving? Often, it's because traffic lights aren't synced to each other. But would doing so really fix traffic problems?

If the Light Is Stuck on Red, Are You Stuck Too?

We've all been there. The stop light won't change and you've got places to be. Do you run it or just wait, wait and wait?

Pedestrian Deaths in the U.S. on the Rise

Many factors are to blame for the increase. The question is what can be done to stop it?

Is Driving Barefoot Illegal?

Some say shoes get in the way of your car's pedals and can actually cause accidents. So why would driving barefoot be bad?

You'll Get in Serious Trouble for Speeding in These Five States

When it comes to cracking down on lead-foot drivers, these states aren't playing around.

Sorry, But Speed Traps Aren’t Actually Entrapment

It may seem unfair that cops can lie in wait for speeding motorists, but legally, speed traps aren't entrapment. Still, some states have imposed laws to limit their use as a revenue source.

Would Your Car Pass the Moose Test?

While you may never encounter a moose on the road, just how stable would your car be in a sudden swerve emergency?