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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?

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?

Can you blow up a car by shooting the gas tank?

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.

Did Pintos really explode in the 1970s?

At a time when the typical car took 43 months to design and build, the Pinto was ready in just 25. Sure, mistakes were made — but did the subcompact car from Ford really explode when hit from behind?

How do you pick the fastest lane to drive in?

When you've got to get somewhere, it's easy to make some rash decisions, but is switching lanes a reliable one?

Is driving drunk worse than driving sleep-deprived?

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?


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