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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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

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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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?

By Cherise Threewitt

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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?

By Cherise Threewitt

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.

By Jamie Page Deaton

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?

By Jamie Page Deaton

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?

By Jamie Page Deaton

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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.

By Jamie Page Deaton

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?

By Cherise Threewitt

Getting rear-ended or T-boned in a car crash isn't quite the same as getting shot at, is it? Find out if a stray bullet to the fuel tank will turn your vehicle into the car-b-que you imagine it will.

By Cherise Threewitt

Few would argue that being sleep-deprived is more fun than being drunk. But when it comes to functioning and not fun, which condition messes you up more?

By Kate Kershner

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Some worry that more flexible marijuana laws will cause a spate of stoned drivers taking to the roadways. While driving impaired is dangerous regardless of the substance or amount taken, stoned driving is not the same as drunk driving.

By Laurie L. Dove

They're less experienced. They chronically underestimate dangerous situations, and some feel the need to speed or drink and drive. But does that mean more teens perish behind the wheel?

By John Perritano

It used to be a rite of passage in America: turn 16 and get your driver's license. But the number of teen drivers has decreased as license requirements have gotten stricter. If your teen passes them, does that mean he or she is ready to drive solo?

By Julia Layton

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that vehicle fires account for about 20 percent of all reported fires, so it's worth knowing how to reduce some of the risk in your own car or truck.

By Cherise Threewitt

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Generally speaking, a well-maintained, modern car is safe to drive. But what if something fails? What happens if road or weather conditions quickly change? Do you know what to do?

By Christopher Lampton

There's no denying it: Some drivers do really dumb things when a storm with high winds is on its way. But if you take this advice, you just may find yourself stuck in a ditch.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

When spring finally arrives, drivers are anxious to hit the roads after the long and dull winter months. Just remember: When the ice begins to melt, the roads are full of new hazards, too.

By Patrick E. George

When darkness falls, you take a greater risk when getting behind the wheel -- it's just that simple. Fortunately, there are several preventive measures you can take.

By Akweli Parker

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If there's a 100-percent chance of precipitation on your local roads, here's a quick list of driving habits you should immediately get rid of.

By Christopher Lampton

Some drivers are paralyzed with fear when it comes to driving in the fog. Sure, it can be dangerous; but if you use your common sense you can tackle that fog head on.

By Christopher Neiger

After an accident, there are steps you should take to ensure your own safety and the safety of the other driver. However, there are also a few things you should never, ever do after a wreck.

By Patrick E. George

Most drivers are trained to fear the slide. But as any professional driving instructor will tell you, you need to learn to embrace the slide.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Distracted drivers: We're not trying to scold you or hasten the dawn of a vehicular nanny state. We're just pointing out some of the most dangerous habits behind the wheel.

By Akweli Parker

What to do if you hit a deer with your car is explained in this article. Find out what to do if you hit a deer with your car.

By Josh Peterson, Planet Green