Auto Accidents and Hazardous Conditions

How to avoid rollover accidents, understand the consequences of DUI, avoid road rage and drive safely in the winter are among Accidents & Hazardous Conditions topics.

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As the U.S. returns to some semblance of normalcy post-COVID-19, can cities keep commuters off the roads long enough to prevent the freeways from becoming gridlocked once again?

By John Rennie Short

Americans drove billions of miles less in 2020 because of the coronavirus. But despite fewer miles on the road, the U.S. had the biggest spike in fatal car accidents since 2007.

By Sarah Gleim

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.

By Nathan Chandler

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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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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

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?

By Nathan Chandler

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By John Perritano

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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By John Donovan

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.

By Dave Roos

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Chris Opfer

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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.

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Sarah Gleim

This was definitely not your average car accident.

By Kate Kershner

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Cherise Threewitt