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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...
The States With the Highest Number of Deer Accidents
If you hit a deer while driving it can cause major damage to your car. You're most likely to hit a deer in West Virginia, Montana, and Pennsylvania.
5 Car Parts Potholes Can Damage
Car damage from potholes is common during the spring season. Check for tire bulges, suspension problems, and body damage if you drive over a pothole.
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 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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white smoke coming from exhaust
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What does it mean when you hit your brakes your car tried to sway
Swaying, or pulling, as you describe it means that braking forces from left to right are unequal and/or there are faults in the vehicle suspension. Brake force can be unequal from side to side due to worn or warped rotors,...
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I have a 98 Honda Accord that is stuck in park and I cannot shift from park to drive. I tried to apply the pedal brake but nothing works.
Hi there. Check the neutral safety switch on the brake pedal and see if there is any voltage coming to and out of the switch when the contacts are closed (switch operated). If there is no power out of the...
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Stuck in second gear in limp mode.
Hi there. First check the harness to the transmission and make sure that there is power to the transmission. If there is no power, then there could be a break in the wiring from the transmission harness to the ECM...
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Yellow brake alarm
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Steering Angle Sensor
Your vehicle has an electronic vehicle stability control (VSC) system. The VSC system relies on data from the steering angle sensor to keep the vehicle on the intended path during an emergency maneuver. Inasmuch as this is a valuable vehicle...
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My negative battery cable start smoking when the car is running.
There is a faulty, high resistance (often due to corrosion, wire defect or break or loose mechanical connection) connection at the battery post and/or at the vehicle ground(s) at the frame. The recommended and safest practice is to replace the...
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What may cause the starter to engage when shifting the shifter?
Hi there. Check the neutral safety switch and the shifter circuitry. It is possible to have a short in the wiring causing the starter to engage while shifting gears. Look for any wires that may be shorting out with the...
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brake light came on started leaking had brakes fixed should leak stop
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will a 2002 ford tarus passenger airbag fit a 02 murcury sable?
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2013 Chevy Cruze gear shifter was pulled out of park without brake pedal being applied now it will flow through all gears without the brakes.
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Gasoline inside the car?
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Is it mechanically safe to coast in neutral?
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can you just drain the fluid and put a new seal?
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Shock mount bushing replacement
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What materials do you need to do an oil and oil filter change?
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Can an accident cause the alignment to be off and the front left strut to leak even when only the body was damaged visually?
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Intermittent failure to start.
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I'm looking at a 2009 Mini Cooper JCW. Any major issues I should check out prior to the purchase?
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my engine cradle needs to be replaced. How critical is it that I get it fixed and how soon does it need to be done?
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