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5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

Snow is lovely to look at, but less fun to drive in -- especially if you happen to break down, get a flat tire or crash into something. So prepare yourself (and your car) to meet Mother Nature's fury.

How Side Curtain Airbags Work

In the next few years, side curtain airbags will be a key safety feature in most new cars. How do they complement traditional airbags to keep you safe on the road?

How Defensive Driving Works

At its core, defensive driving is all about anticipation -- knowing what other drivers are going to do in advance and getting out of the way. You don't need a course to learn this stuff; all you need is a little common sense.

Top 10 Safe Driving Tips

We've been taught how to drive safely, but the number of automobile accidents and fatalities remains high. Let's get back to basics and review these 10 safe driving tips.

How Driving on Ice Works

Icy, snow-covered roads may look like something out of a storybook, but driving on them can be something out of a nightmare. How can you navigate them safely?

How Hydroplaning Works

Wet, slippery roads are one of the major dangers that drivers face, especially because they increase the chances of hydroplaning. What should you do if you start to lose control of your car during a heavy downpour of rain?

How Electronic Stability Control Works

German auto supplier Bosch developed the first electronic stability control system in the mid-1990s. Decades later, most cars and SUVs are equipped with electronic stability control as standard equipment.

How Electronic Brake Force Distribution Works

An electronic brake force distribution system determines the exact amount of brake force required at each wheel during any braking situation. But how does the system precisely modulate the brake force?

How Hill-Start Control Works

Your car or truck could be equipped with hill-start control and you probably wouldn't even know it was there. But don't underestimate the importance of this system that operates in the background.

How Automotive Glass Works

When you watch car commercials, you always hear automakers tout their vehicles' safety features. However, they rarely mention the most important one of all -- the glass that keeps you inside.

How Brake Assist Works

If you've ever slammed on the brakes to barely avoid a collision, you know full well how important brake assist can be. Brake assist helps stop a vehicle faster to avoid crashes.

How Drive-by-wire Technology Works

It's a technology that's been well-tested in the aviation industry for nearly two decades. So, why are automakers reluctant to bring drive-by-wire technology to the showroom floor -- or are they?

How Steering Wheel Controls Work

Multi-function steering wheels are improving automotive safety simply by placing the most commonly used electronic controls in a very convenient place -- right at the driver's fingertips.

How Pre-Collision Systems Work

A pre-collision detection system sounds like something out of a science fiction film; however, these systems have actually been around for several years. So, what kinds of systems are available today?

How Car Testing Works

Car testing is more than strapping a dummy to the driver's seat and releasing the brake. Engineers conduct myriad secret tests to assess everything from engine performance to design.

10 Ways to Avoid Overheating Your Truck

Some cars just seem to overheat more than others, and many trucks are known to suffer the same fate. Do you know how to prevent your truck from overheating?

Why is it so hard to start a car in the winter?

You hop inside your car to escape the brutal winter winds and fumble with your frigid keys, only to find that your car won't start when you turn the ignition. What's going on? It's probably one of three problems.

What is positive force chassis control?

Computerized stability systems for your car won't magically steer you clear of an out-of-control vehicle, but they can keep an eye on road conditions and vehicle performance.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

This winter make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Going the extra mile by getting your vehicle ready for winter and learning what it takes to drive safely through ice and snow could save your life.

5 Ways to Recycle a Seatbelt

Have you ever wondered what happens to your old seatbelt? They can't be recycled in cars for safety reasons, but they often find new lives as clothing, furniture and even artwork.

If airbags are so safe, why doesn't my car have more?

Airbags are everywhere. You can find them in the front and on both sides of your car. Vehicles now have tubular airbags, knee airbags and even outside airbags to protect pedestrians. How much safety is too much?

Why would someone want to steal my airbag?

They are crucial to personal safety and very expensive to replace. Should it be a surprise that airbags have replaced car stereos as the most popular target for auto thieves?

How Occupant Classification Systems Work

Airbags have saved more than 27,000 lives since 1990, yet they still have detractors because of their danger to children. Occupant Classification Systems detect exactly who -- or what -- is sitting in your passenger seat.

Car Safety Pictures

Our car safety image gallery shows you car safety features, crash testing, and other technology intended to keep drivers and passengers safe. And some features you may not have heard about.

Why is it still necessary to crash test vehicles?

There's always going to be some risk involved with automobile travel. Crash testing helps remove some of that risk. However, given the availability of modern computer modeling, is it still necessary to destroy actual vehicles?

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