What drivers really do behind the wheel

What drivers really do behind the wheel

  If every accident report filed with insurance agencies were true, America’s roads would be a wild freak show of deer large enough to span four lanes and rockslides that toss boulders and trees into the path of traffic about every five minutes. It seems that, like the cast of ‘Heroes,’ almost every driver has […]

How Defensive Driving Works

How Defensive Driving Works

  Approximately 6 million collisions occur on America’s roads each year [source: NHTSA]. These accidents kill approximately 40,000 Americans and injure 2 million more annually. They also cost the U.S. government about $164 billion — or about $1,000 per person per year [sources: KCBS, CDC Faststats, Los Alamos National Lab].   No one plans to […]

Road Rage or Aggressive Driving?

Road Rage or Aggressive Driving?

  One of the big issues with aggressive driving and road rage is that the driving public and the police define “aggressive” very differently. Surveys show that many drivers don’t consider certain behaviors — like honking the car horn or changing lanes without signaling — to be aggressive at all. One survey found that only […]

How do I know when my tires need to be replaced?

How do I know when my tires need to be replaced?

Keeping your tires properly inflated not only increases your car’s fuel efficiency but also improves your car’s handling, braking ability and ride quality. Yet despite these benefits, more than a quarter of all passenger vehicles on U.S. roads have significantly underinflated tires, illustrating just how little attention our tires receive [source: NHTSA]. Over time that […]

5 Completely Wrong Ways to Drive in High Winds

5 Completely Wrong Ways to Drive in High Winds

Regardless of where you stand on global warming or climate change or the Mayan apocalypse, there’s no denying that the weather seems to have gotten especially wacky in the past few years. Extremely powerful tornadoes are touching down willy-nilly, and the hurricane season seems to last all year. It’s only a matter of time before […]

Top 10 Safe Driving Tips

Top 10 Safe Driving Tips

Today, we drive safer cars on safer roads; decades of advertisements and public information campaigns have made most of us safer drivers. As a result, the U.S. logged the lowest accident fatality rate ever recorded in 2008 [source: NHTSA]. Despite this progress, unfortunately, the number of auto accidents and fatalities nationwide is still quite staggering: […]

Move Over Law explained

Move Over Law explained

  Move-over laws require motorists traveling on multi-lane roadways to, when practical, merge away from a vehicle working on the side of the highway to provide an empty travel lane of safety for the worker. If not practical (either due to traffic volume or road design), the motorist must slow significantly below the posted speed […]

DUI Laws Could Be Changing

DUI Laws Could Be Changing

  The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend to states that they lower the blood-alcohol content that constitutes drunken driving. Currently, all 50 states have set a BAC level of .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. If a driver is found to have a BAC level of .08 or […]

Multitasking is Dangerous

Multitasking is Dangerous

  If you think that your ability to text, talk, or email while driving is impressive… think again! It’s dangerous, and it can lead to a dangerous situation on the road. We may feel compelled to check our phones whenever we hear our alert tones— and, maybe you have been able to do so without […]

10 Fun Facts About Cars

10 Fun Facts About Cars

  Although cars can seem like a pretty mundane topic, there are plenty of car-related facts that have the potential to whet your appetite for learning more about the automotive industry. Here are ten of our favorites:   1. The average person spends two weeks of their entire life waiting at red lights. 2. The […]