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How Much Do Distraction, Emotion, and Other Unsafe Behaviors Increase Driving Risk?

In drivers ed classes, you hear a lot about the dangerous things you can do as a driver that will make you more likely to get into a crash. But just how dangerous are they? Unfortunately, we can usually only answer this question indirectly, by looking at the crash data compiled by the National Highway […]

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The Road to Self-Driving Cars: California Releases New Rules

Self-driving cars are getting closer to reality every day, but before people can start using them, the governments and agencies that oversee the roads are going to have to set some rules for how they should be used. Will drivers have the ability to take control? How will they share the road with other drivers? […]

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Driving Under the Influence: The Dangers of Marijuana-impaired Driving

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve examined the issue of driving under the influence, discussing the role of strict laws in reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road and looking at some new approaches to keeping people from driving when they’re intoxicated. But as we consider some potential solutions, we also have to […]

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Driving Under the Influence: New Solutions to the Drunk Driving Problem

In 2013, more than 32 people died every day because someone decided to get behind the wheel when they’d been drinking. By now, you’d think people would know better! But even though the number of yearly drunk driving deaths has dropped dramatically over the past three decades, there are still countless people who aren’t getting the […]

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Happy Thanksgiving! Four Things Drivers Have to Be Thankful for This Year

On this blog (and in our courses), we spend a lot of time reminding you of the dangers you face when you’re on the road. After all, for most of us, driving is one of the most dangerous things we’ll ever do, and unlike most risky activities, driving isn’t something we do on occasion or […]

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10 Online Teen Driver Resources That Will Make You a Better Driver

When new drivers first get on the road, one of the first things they learn is how much they still don’t know. No, it’s not because they didn’t pay enough attention in drivers ed; rather, because driving involves dealing constantly with unique and unpredictable situations, there’s a lot you can learn only once you’ve had […]

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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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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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