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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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.

Following a Friend While Driving May Not Be a Great Idea

Ever blow through a red light to keep up with a friend while caravanning somewhere? Yeah, next time just get directions before you all start out.

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.

Ford’s Drugged Driving Suit Is Soooo Coooool, Dude

Ever wonder what it feels like to slide behind the wheel after shooting up heroin or snorting cocaine? Ford’s new Drugged Driving Suit lets you experience it. Sort of.

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?

You want to go out for New Year's, but everybody warns against it, saying how dangerous it is. Actually you're better off driving on New Year's Day than other holidays.

Should you wear sunglasses while driving in the rain?

Ugh! Driving in the rain is the worst. Visibility drops down to nothing, and windshield wipers don't really seem to help. A friend once told you that wearing sunglasses in such a situation would help. That's just crazy talk. Right?

Does all-wheel drive help you drive on ice?

Many cars today have all-wheel-drive systems, which you might think would help cars handle better on ice. But while all-wheel drive can help you get started on icy roads, it doesn't improve traction, which is what you really need.

Is all-wheel drive always safer in the snow?

Car ads show all-wheel-drive vehicles plowing through snowy roads and fields, thanks to their "extra grip" and "secure handling." Is all-wheel drive all we need to stay safe on snowy roads?

Should you underinflate your tires in winter?

One winter driving trick that some people swear by is underinflating tires. It gives you more traction, which is what you need on snowy roads. But is this a solid strategy, or a tip you can skip?

Will using a cell phone at a gas pump make it explode?

Cell phones have long been thought to be a possible cause of gas-station fires. But there's actually another culprit ... and another reason you should keep your phone holstered while you're at the pump.

Do slim jims trigger side-impact airbags?

You might have heard that a firefighter in Ohio was injured (or maybe even killed) after accidentally deploying a side-impact airbag while using a slim jim to unlock a car door. But is the tale true? Is that even possible?


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