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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.

Why Does My Tire Pressure Light Come on When It's Cold?

It's freezing when you get into your car and you notice a light on your dashboard saying, 'check tire pressure.' You figure it's something to do with the cold, but must you fill up the tires fast?

Traffic Hotspots Cost U.S. Drivers Billions, Study Shows

Traffic hotspots costs drivers billions of dollars in wasted time. So what are cities doing to help alleviate them?

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.

People Who Drive With Their Hazard Lights Flashing Are Making a Mistake

Although driving in inclement weather with your car's hazards flashing seems like a great idea, it might be both illegal and ill-advised.

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.

What's the Point of Car Alarms If Nobody Calls the Cops?

Depending on where you live and what you drive, a car alarm can be worthwhile. Here's how to know.

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.

7 (Bad) Reasons Why People Don't Use Their Turn Signals

You wouldn''t do that (right?) but we bet you've been behind people who switched lanes without a signal.

Are Crosswalk and Elevator 'Close Door' Buttons a Total Sham?

Nudging a thermostat, pushing an elevator button and pressing a crosswalk control are satisfying ways to control the environment around us… right? Right?

Volvo's Death-proof Promise Is Nothing New

The carmaker has been talking about fatality-free vehicles for a decade. How's that going?

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.

Does tinfoil on your hubcaps bypass police radar?

You watch somebody zip right through an obvious speed trap — but there are CDs all over the dash and the hubcaps are covered in foil. Is that car really ticket-proof?

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.

Can a penny help you pass a breathalyzer?

So you've been pulled over by the police, and they've put a breathalyzer in your face. Your friends once said you could beat it by sticking a penny in your mouth. Does it really work?

Did airbags make cars deadlier when they were introduced?

We don't give them a second thought now, but when airbags were first introduced, they were controversial. But did they actually make cars less safe?

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?

Can airbags kill you?

There's no doubt that airbags are one of the great achievements in automotive safety technology. But could they actually end up hurting or killing the people they're supposed to protect?

Can seatbelts kill you?

Seatbelts are a way of life for most of us, but some think it's safer to go without them. Could following the rules and wearing a seatbelt actually end up killing you?

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