Car Driving and Safety

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When you look at the risk of having a collision based on per-miles-driven, teen drivers are three times more likely than adults to have an accident. But there are few ways you can better the odds of keeping younger drivers safe.

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?

Teaching your kid to drive can be a lot of fun. Or a challenge. Or a complete nightmare. Whatever the case may be, these tips will make your transition from driver to teacher a bit less crazy-making.

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.

Most safety and regulatory devices within your car or truck operate so seamlessly that you may never even know that they're active. So how do you know when your vehicle's traction control system is working?

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?

Over the next few years, your commute just might get a lot more comfortable -- all in the name of safety, of course. Will Volvo's traffic jam assistance system really alleviate traffic jams?

Is your big, comfy luxury car lulling you to sleep while you drive? Is your tin-can econobox shaking the fillings out of your teeth as you get around town? Which one do you think is safer?

When you're driving, your eyes are on the road, your hands are busy steering the car, and your feet are making you stop and go. So what part of your body could still take in new information?

You may have noticed that one of the lights on your console is shaped like a tire with an exclamation point in the middle. This is a tire pressure monitoring system, which lets you know if your tires are underinflated.

Few of us will ever have to bail out of a fighter jet mid-flight; however, it's comforting to know that similar seatbelt technology will keep you anchored during a head-on car collision.

Every auto manufacturer approaches the problem of blind-spot detection in a slightly different manner. Some are high-tech and others are low-tech. Which do you prefer?

Head-up displays are much more than just a novelty or a new way of viewing navigation directions. In fact, HUDs could very well be one of the best safety systems your car has ever seen.

The LATCH system makes it easier to select and install a car seat. But there are still important choices for you to make -- and actions for you to take -- to ensure your child's safety.

That pesky hiding place near your car's rear fenders is known as the blind spot -- and yes, it's dangerous. But if you follow these mirror adjustment tips, it'll never bother you again.

You can probably guess what a speed limiter does by its name alone. But how do they actually work? And why would someone want to limit a car's top speed, anyway?

If you're old enough, you remember when people would walk around with neck braces as a form of whiplash treatment. But as automotive technology advances, whiplash may no longer be an issue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.