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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?

Is driving stoned worse than driving drunk?

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.

10 Tips for Choosing Your Kid's First Car

Do you dream of buying your little girl an adorable vintage convertible Beetle (maybe in pink?). Or restoring an old Camaro while you bond over Bondo? Well snap out of it. There's a better way to choose your kid's first car.

Are teens more likely to die in a car accident than adults?

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?

10 Rules to Help Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

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.

How to Tell When Your Kid Is Ready to Drive Alone

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?

10 Tips for Teaching Your Kid to Drive

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.

Top 10 Causes of Car Fires

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.

How Traction Control Works

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?

How do you stop an out-of-control car?

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?

How Traffic Jam Assistance Systems Work

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?

Can your car keep you from getting tired while driving?

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?

How the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat Works

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?

How Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Work

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.

What is the purpose of a seatbelt pretensioner?

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.

How are cars making the blind spot less dangerous?

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?

How Head-up Displays Work

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.

5 Benefits of the LATCH System for Car Seats

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.

How to Adjust Your Mirrors to Minimize Your Blind Spot

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.


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