Car Driving and Safety

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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.

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.

Automotive accidents can be devastatingly tragic, but even the minor ones can be quite costly to the vehicle(s), drivers, passengers, and environment. Learn more about the top 19 ways to avoid an automotive accident.

Automobile manufacturers will do whatever it takes to ensure their product can stand the test of time. But what's involved in the long-term durability testing process? How far will they really go?

Transportation is such an important field that automotive research can't only be left to the auto manufacturers. Independent research organizations do studies, too. But how do automakers use this research?

Seat belts, airbags and crumple zones are among the familiar passive safety features found in cars and trucks these days. But do you know how your car's passive automotive safety is tested?

In addition to finding ways to make a car safer for its occupants during an accident, engineers have been creating new technologies to help drivers avoid accidents altogether. It's called active safety.

Automotive testing is much more than merely smashing a car into a wall at high speed. In fact, there are aspects of automotive testing that you might find surprising, quirky or even downright bizarre.

It used to be easy to make your car go faster -- just step on the accelerator, and the throttle would manually open. Today, many cars use electronic throttle control. What does it take for sensors and computers to control a car's speed?

If your car starts speeding out of control, your natural response is to step on the brake. But what if that doesn't stop your car? A brake override system is one way to bring things to a stop.