Auto Accidents and Hazardous Conditions

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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.

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.

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?

Is Parallel Parking Outdated?

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

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?

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.

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?

Getting It Right When You Drive on the 'Wrong' Side of the Road

The first few days of driving on the 'wrong' side of the road can be a real horror show. HowStuffWorks can help.

'Rogue' Road Crews Are Fixing Unfilled Potholes

From die-hard Libertarians to masked anarchists, you never know who is going to be repairing a pothole these days.

Are Lefties More of a Danger on the Road?

Left- and right-handed drivers react differently to sudden incidents, and that difference can have a profound effect on car accidents.

What's the Most Common Driving Superstition?

Do you hold your breath when you're driving through a tunnel or keep a lucky rabbit's foot in your car? You're not alone.

Driving With Flip-flops Is Illegal and Other Common Traffic Misconceptions

Here's another oft-repeated myth: You're never at fault if someone rear-ends you.

Is It Better to Back In to a Parking Space?

What's the better strategy to park a car, backed in or front-fender forward? Buckle up, buttercup, and start practicing.

When Is It OK to Drive in the Emergency Lane?

That driver who breezes down the highway shoulder in bad traffic could face serious penalties in the U.S. But sometimes, the lane is a perfectly legal option.

Variable Speed Limits Can Reduce Congestion and Accidents

The end of construction zone collisions? Speed limits that change in real time help drivers avoid highway collisions.

The 100 Days When Teen Drivers Are Most Likely to Die

Studies show the 100 or so days between Memorial and Labor days are especially deadly for teen drivers — but there are things parents can do to keep them safe.

Loose Mazdas Sink Ships

This was definitely not your average car accident.

Do People Really Lose Body Parts by Sticking Them Out of a Car Window?

Decapitation? Severed limbs? Injuries sustained when heads arms, legs go out the window of a moving vehicle are very real, and very serious.

What happens if your used car is recalled?

The reasons for auto recalls can range from mundane to potentially life-threatening. But every recall should be taken seriously. Here's how to keep yourself safe and get your vehicle back on the road.

Are There Really More Accidents Around Daylight Saving Time Changes?

Having to "spring forward" for daylight saving time and lose an hour of sleep can be a pain. It can also be possibly dangerous for drivers.

Is New Year's Day the Most Dangerous Day to Drive?

Holidays often bring on the auto accidents with their mix of high traffic and high alcohol consumption. But is New Year's Eve the most dangerous day of the year?