We’re now in the midst of Teen Driver Safety Week, and while you may think this is yet another gimmick on the cultural calendar, there’s no more important cause. To back it up, here are some sobering stats from the NHTSA:
Almost half of all teen drivers involved in a crash die.
75% of parents have never had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving.
In 2012, 28% of drivers aged 15-20 killed in motor vehicle crashes had alcohol in their ... (Read More)
“I can’t believe you’d loan me your car without telling me it had a blind spot. I could’ve been killed!” — Biff Tannen, Back to the Future
Perhaps the fact that all cars have blind spots is news to some, but it shouldn’t be to you. We all have blind spots due to an area on your retina that has no receptors, according to About.com. Give your blind spot a quick test (it only takes about five seconds) here.
Acknowledging that a blind spot exists doesn’t eliminate your risk of accidentally ... (Read More
Car batteries always die at the wrong time. Not that there’s necessarily any good time for a battery to give up the ghost. But you usually only discover it’s dead when you’re in a rush to get somewhere and your engine won’t turn over.
What should you do? Before you freak out, read on. You just might find a quick solution that’ll get you back on the road in short time.
Look around you. Depending on where you are and what time of day your battery’s decided to punch the ... (Read More
Ever wonder why hospitals like to inspect an infant car seat before newborn babies leave for home? The facts below are compelling. (Sunglasses optional.)
We love cars. But surprisingly, motor vehicles are also far and away the top cause of unnatural death for those under 19-years old. Whether behind the wheel or riding as a passenger, following these nine guidelines (and noting the abundance of supporting evidence to confirm why you should) will go a long way toward ensuring your precious ... (Read More
Fall is officially here. Leaf-peeping drivers, with eyes on the landscape, may not notice wet leaves on the road that could lead to a potential loss of vehicle traction.
Knowing how to handle your vehicle in the event of an unexpected skid, which can happen in any weather, is imperative. Check out our tips below to help decrease your chances of spending a beautiful autumn day in the emergency room, the auto body shop, or both!
Don’t panic. Easier said than done, right? Even though you feel totally powerless ... (Read More
Stranded without gas on a desolate road, like this one in Iceland? Check out our advice on how to handle it.
Running out of gas in the middle of nowhere is among drivers’ biggest fears, and it’s also one of the easiest things to prevent.
In case you’re stranded, these tips could mean the difference between having to cancel your plans and arriving safely to your destination - albeit a little late.
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Not everyone has the presence of mind to pull off the road when their car begins ... (Read More
Once upon a time in the 80s, a kid named Marty McFly hopped into a time traveling DeLorean and paid a visit to 2015 - a distant age filled with all sorts of insanely futuristic things like weather control, hoverboards… and flying cars. Now that 2015 is just around the corner, you may have asked yourself: “Where’s my flying car?” The reality is, the future dreamed up by a group of Hollywood writers for Back to the Future II was a bit overly ambitious. But that’s not to say that transportation ... (Read More
ESC helps avoid wicked skids like this one.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a technology that goes by a variety of different names, depending on the manufacturer. Ford owners know it as AdvanceTrac. GM drivers will likely be more familiar with the term Stabilitrak, which they cleverly refer to as the car’s control freak. Some call it Electronic Stability Control (or ESP, “for electronic stability programme” – we use ESC & ESP interchangeably; they refer to the ... (Read More
Football season is in full swing, and tailgating is on the brain. But this American pastime shares a name with a very aggressive and dangerous driving behavior: following other cars too closely. This is important stuff — apparently aggressive drivers kill two to four times more people than drunk drivers — and if you’re a tailgater, you should heed the following advice on how to stop.
Here’s a quick quiz to determine whether you might be a candidate for ... (Read More
Teen drivers have a notorious reputation for driving dangerously, but that’s not without reason – according to the LA Times, drivers ages 16 to 19 are about three times more likely than drivers age 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. These days, most new cars are equipped with high-tech safety features that save lives. But for many people, buying a sweet new back-to-school car is a cost-prohibitive luxury.
If you’re the parent of a teenage driver - or a teen ... (Read More