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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.
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 Safely Drive Your Car When It’s Raining
Driving in rainy weather means giving the road your full attention, ensuring you have good tires, and your windshield wipers are effective.
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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Transmission is not shifting out of first and won't start have to tap the starter it's a used transmission I just put it in.
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Hello, thank you for writing in. Taking a ten year old car on a that long of a trip should be fine as long as the vehicle is in good condition. There are absolutely a few steps you should take...
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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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Is it safe to drive with bushings gone?
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Car unused for much of a year. Is it safe to drive?
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What does it mean when you hit your brakes your car tried to sway
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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.
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Steering Angle Sensor
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My negative battery cable start smoking when the car is running.
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What may cause the starter to engage when shifting the shifter?
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Can anyone help me verifying the safety and durability of a z4 Chevy cavalier before I buy the car.
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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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Gasoline inside the car?
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Is it mechanically safe to coast in neutral?
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