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Speed Limits, Laws, and Fines for All States
One aspect of safe driving includes being aware of the speed limits and its corresponding laws, which may vary from state to state.
The Guide to Distracted Driving Laws in All States
While the safety features on vehicles have improved dramatically in recent years, the fact remains that cars are large, heavy items that travel at very...
The Guide to Cracked Windshield Laws in All States
It goes without saying that a driver needs to be able to see well in order to drive safely. Because of this, there are certain...
The Guide to Right-of-Way Laws
One of the most important facets of being a safe driver is understanding right-of-way laws. Right-of-way laws are the laws that govern who gets...
The 5 Safest Used Cars You Can Buy For Under $20,000
The Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevy Volt, and the Volvo XC60 are five of the overall safest used cars you can buy for under $20,000.
The Guide to Legal Car Modifications for All States
Vehicle modifications can take many forms, from simple modifications such as light window tinting to under-vehicle LED lighting to the more complex frame and suspension...
How Cars Get Safety Tested (How IIHS Safety Works)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provides car safety ratings on front crash, side crash, head restraints, and roof strength.
How Much Does Size Matter in a Car Crash?
Car accidents can be less severe in a larger, heavier vehicle that's well designed but safety mainly relies on responsible, attentive driving.
How to Wear Your Seat Belt Properly
For people aged 3 through 34, the leading cause of death in the US is car crashes. The number of deaths related to car accidents in the US have...
How to Safely Drive Your Car When It’s Raining
Driving in the rain is no fun. The visibility is poor, the roads are slick, and all you want to do is get to where you’re going and...
How to Handle Out-of-Town Breakdowns
It's hard to know what to do when your car breaks down. If your car breaks down out of town, safely pull off the road and call for help.
How to Safely Drive on Icy Roads
Knowing how to drive on iced-over roads is an big part of safe winter driving. Prepare in advance, check your tires, and drive slowly to drive on ice.
How to Safely Drive When There’s Black Ice
Black ice is a thin layer of slick ice on a road. Staying away is the best way to drive safely on black ice, but if you hit it, avoid sudden braking.
How to Be a Good Defensive Driver
It goes without saying that getting into an accident is unfortunate for numerous reasons. The biggest downside of an accident is obviously the injury and trauma that it can...
How to Use a Technical Service Bulletin
To ensure your safety and the safety of those on the road around you, stay up-to-date on current or potential problems with your vehicle. One way to stay informed is through the...
A Mechanic's Guide to Maintaining Automotive Power Tools
How to maintain automotive tools like impact wrenches, air drills, air screwdrivers, polishers, sanders & more to keep power tools safe & durable.
How to Identify Car Exhaust Issues
Exhaust systems in cars cool the engine and keeps the environment safe from harmful gases. Even in small doses carbon monoxide can be very harmful.
How to Stay Safe While Driving on the Highway
Highway driving requires preparation, practice, and respect. All drivers should know the safety basics for your own wellbeing and others on the road.
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Signs You Need New Car Tires
Car tires can leak, wear unevenly, and lose contact with the road, all of which make driving unsafe. Rotate your car tires and inspect them regularly.

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Deafening sound from something blowing out through sunroof
Hi there, and thank you for asking about the event that happened with your 2013 Lexus RX450h. Although certainly frightening, this is likely a truly rare event. Most automotive glass has multiple layers of glass, joined by a plastic layer...
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The car has an autocheck report of 90.
Hey there. Failing the emission test is less of a concern than failing a safety inspection. Emission testing failure could be as simple and innocuous as the car having a loose gas cap and setting a DTC. But...
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Revs up and out of control
Hello. The throttle cable could be sticking causing the RPMs to increase excessively if the throttle cable is holding the throttle open when it shouldn’t be. There also could be a bad throttle position sensor or idle control unit. These...
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Antitheft system stays off
Hello there, when the anti-theft system engages it can prevent the vehicle from running properly or starting at all. This can be from a variety of issues but the most common would be a security module failure or a wiring...
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The car turns off when shifting the gear to neutral automatically.
This is likely related to what is called a neutral safety switch. This is an electrical switch near your transmission that is designed to not allow the car to start when in any gear other than park. Occasionally, this switch...
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Someone ran a red light and hit my left front corner causing me to run right into them as they were still in front of me
Your car has one airbag (dual-stage) in the steering wheel center, which you observed had inflated along with the dual-stage passenger air bag. Some models (GS) had the option of having side air bags, stored in the side of the...
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Carbon monoxide question
Thanks for your interesting scientific question. Actually, sort of unexpectedly, as the research turned out the principal hazard to the public (i.e., you) from CO (as measured by both mortality and morbidity statistics) has turned out to be the chronic...
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Brake pedal stuck to floor - 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle
Hello. There is a return spring on the assembly that must be dislodged or broken somehow, and when this happens there will be issues with the pedal returning. Have the pedal assembly and the hydraulic portion of the system inspected...
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Is it safe to drive with overdrive on or overdrive off?
Hi, thanks for your question. This is usually dependent on your driving conditions and habits. Overdrive is an extra higher gear in your transmission designed to increase fuel economy and drivability in freeway or long steady drive conditions. This does...
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Second opinion on a front lower control arm issue.
Hi there. I seriously doubt that both or either lower control arm is broken; if that was the case you wouldn't have been able to drive your vehicle to another shop for a second opinion. My best guess would be...
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Clunking noises driving at low speeds or over bumps
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The car won't start.
Hi there. Assuming that the battery is good, the connections are clean and tight, the replacement starter is good, the security light is turning off. There are several things that still can affect starter operation. If, the vehicle will start...
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Brake lights are not bright, drivers can barely tell I am braking
Hi. There are 2 likely possibilities for your poor lighting. The first is a bad ground connection, limiting the power that can electrically flow through the light bulbs. The second possibility is that the wrong bulbs have been inserted in...
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If the rear impact bar and energy bar are broken from a rear-end collision, is the car roadworthy and safe?
Hi there. The vehicle can be driven, but it will not provide any protection against another accident from the rear. If you want to be safe driving this vehicle, then the damage needs to be repaired as soon as possible....
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Reference point for the width of the car and correct steering method.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Being that you're a new driver, if you live in the United States; I'd take advantage of a great program aimed at teens called B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everybody Safe). It's based in...
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How can I tell if I have a bad neutral safety switch?
Hello, thanks for writing in. The switch should show "connectivity" (zero resistance) in the "Neutral" position for a successful start. Keep in mind that these symptoms could also be from the ignition switch. If you need help having this issue...
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DMTL and oil filter housing and pan gasket need fixing - what is essential to pass the inspection?
If the check engine light is on, or if there are any trouble codes on the ECU the car will not pass inspection in North Carolina. The DTML Pump is part of the evaporative emission control system. It's job is...
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Is it safe to drive with bushings gone?
Hi there. To be blunt, no, it's not safe to drive a vehicle that have any bushings that are completely broken. Bushings are designed to cushion critical steering or front end components. When they fail, those components can snap and...
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Car unused for much of a year. Is it safe to drive?
If your car has been used at least once a month and fresh fuel has been put in at least every six months, then you should not have a problem other than maybe a possible low or dead battery, and...
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Can anyone help me verifying the safety and durability of a z4 Chevy cavalier before I buy the car.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. Any vehicle that is in the market to purchase has a rating for crashes and demolition. The thing you would want to look at is not the crash report on the cars, but...

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