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Share the Road: Why Bicyclists Deserve Drivers’ Respect

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In cities and towns all over the country, more and more people are using bicycles to get around. If you think about it, this should come as no surprise: they’re lightweight, portable, and inexpensive—and to use them, you don’t need to have an insurance policy or buy gas all the time, either! But though bicycles […]

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Parking Lot Safety: What New Drivers Need to Know

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Driving in a parking lot doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. After all, cars go slowly, the lanes are clearly marked, and there aren’t a lot of driving rules or traffic controls to worry about. But in fact, parking lot crashes account for 14% of all insurance claims, and some research suggests that […]

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There’s No One at the Wheel! Can We Trust Self-Driving Cars?

In recent years, vehicle engineers and manufacturers have introduced a number of technologies designed to make driving safer and easier, and perhaps none has generated as much interest as Google’s Self-Driving Car Project. While other new technologies can reduce the risk of certain dangerous mistakes, such as drifting from your lane, tailgating, and backing up unsafely, […]

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Unpaid Tickets? You Could Lose Your License!

It’s been a long day. You’re tired and cranky and just want to pick up a quick bite and get home as soon as you can. But when you get to your favorite take-out spot: Disaster! There’s no place for you to park! But wait! Is that—? There’s enough room, but…Drat! It’s in a red […]

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Oh, Deer! Beware of Animals in the Road

It’s deer season, and drivers should take extra care to avoid hitting animals in the road from now through January. The number of collisions with deer is especially high during this period (and the worst in November) because it’s the season for deer breeding and migration. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collisions with […]

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Avoid encountering—or becoming!—a road rager

Take some simple precautions to avoid road ragers—and to avoid becoming one yourself! First thing: This is paramount to being a safe driver. Check your mood before you get behind the wheel. If you’re feeling anxious for any reason before you set out on the road, driving isn’t going to help. So before getting into a […]

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The Google Self-Driving Car Concerns Me

Imagine: your Google self-driving car does all the work, turning your drive time…into leisure time! A car that drives itself for hundreds of miles on freeways and in traffic may sound like something out of the movie Wall-E, or, if your tastes run that way, the original Total Recall. But if Google has its way, in […]

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Apocalypse in Texas and Other Dangers

I can’t confirm whether or not a Texas apocalypse is underway, but one man can. Clayton Todd Earthman, 24, is certain that doomsday is coming. To prepare, he’s been taking a lot of drugs, keeping his guns close, and garnering chemicals in case he needs to make a bomb. Earthman’s provisions were discovered on Wednesday […]

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Driving in traffic more stressful than skydiving?

Could driving in traffic be as stressful as skydiving? If you ever find yourself road raging—maybe gnashing your teeth or cursing at any car that doesn’t bother to use its signals before changing into your lane (it’s like they didn’t even take drivers ed!?—you’re not alone and you’re not the super angry, intolerant psycho that you […]

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Older drivers can learn safer driving techniques for the long run

Older drivers can learn safer driving techniques for the long run in order to drive safely and confidently. Today’s 75-year-old driver who got a license at 16 would have taken their driving test in 1954! This means they learned about safety training on a road that was much less crowded than it is today. In […]

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