Fall foliage lines Route 16 at a deer crossing in Franklin County, Maine
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Do Deer Whistles on Cars Really Work?

Think that deer looks cute and cuddly? Think again. Hitting one can wreck your vehicle and seriously injure you and your passengers. Though you should always drive with caution in rural areas, deer’s unpredictable nature is still a big risk factor. Some drivers add deer whistles to their vehicles to try to keep these adorable …

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader speaks to members of the media outside a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on October 30, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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Ralph Nader Slams Politicians for Making NHTSA ‘Meek’

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come under fire from safety advocacy groups claiming it’s not doing its job. The groups are calling for action and hope that the Department of Transportation will better enforce car safety regulations. For the past 50 years, consumer advocate and NHTSA co-founder Ralph Nader has been a proponent …

Two 2021 Honda CR-V Touring models, one blue and one dark gray, parked next to each other on a white covered bridge
Crossover & Midsize

Faulty Brakes Already Plague the 2020 Honda CR-V

The 2020 Honda CR-V looks like a smart purchase. It handles well, gets good gas mileage, and comes with plenty of tech and advanced safety features. But despite the brand’s reputation for safety, the 2020 Honda CR-V is already plagued by consumer complaints about its brakes. The 2020 Honda CR-V at a glance Honda has …

A flat tire on a red vehicle
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Here’s Why Driving on a Flat Tire Is the Worst Idea

Regardless of the make or model, a common factor in all vehicles is their need for four properly inflated tires. An essential part of car safety is knowing what to do when an unexpected flat tire occurs. Inspecting tires regularly and understanding how to avoid a flat tire will enhance performance and ensure your safety. …

An overturned black car on a snow-covered highway
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Deadly Crashes Prompt U.S. Agency to Beg Drivers to ‘Stop Taking Unnecessary Risks on the Road’

Driving a two-ton motor vehicle carries inherent risks of serious injuries or fatalities. But with every generation, automakers strive to improve car safety by providing more innovative features and technology in their vehicles. Simple distractions, like listening to loud music or driving aggressively, increase the odds of deadly car crashes. Despite fewer vehicles on the …

A parked black 2004 Range Rover Sport with tinted windows
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Is Your Car Windows’ Tinting Illegal?

Tinted windows are undeniably cool. We’ve all seen action movies and music videos filled with luxury vehicles whose darkened windows add enough panache to make us drool. But when it comes to car safety, dark window tinting isn’t always a good idea. Even if a Lamborghini is out of your price range, you can legally …

A white 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium.
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Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safer Than the 2021 BMW 3 Series?

The only automotive rivalry older than Ford versus Chevy is BMW versus Mercedes-Benz. However, stark distinctions exist between the American and German rivalries. Ford and Chevy notably vie for things like durability and brute power, while their German counterparts compete to be the most luxurious, innovative, and technologically advanced. The current W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class hit …

Headlights are a big part of car safety
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Headlight Issues Got Carmakers Slapped by the IIHS in 2020

Having peace of mind that you and your passengers are safe is priceless. And with increasing technology, manufacturers are making their cars safer with every model year. Aside from employing advanced safety features and driver assistance technology, brands are also making fundamental features such as airbags more effective. But one aspect of car safety that’s sometimes overlooked is headlights. …

Cars driving at night on the 300 block of Penn Street looking West toward the Penn Street Bridge on December 10, 2020, in Reading, Pennsylvania
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Night Driving 101: How to Avoid Tragedy

Because the winter solstice recently passed on December 21, these are the shortest, darkest days of the year. That, combined with the holidays, means you’re more likely to be out driving in the dark. Because you might be doing more driving than flying this season due to the pandemic, here are a few safety tips …

A red 2021 Kia Soul, equipped with standard AEB, drives on a paved surface with a blue sky in the background.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

You Don’t Always Have to Pay a Lot to Get This High-End Safety Feature

Automatic emergency braking systems have long been included with top-trim vehicles. However, in 2015, about 20 automakers worldwide announced they had agreed to make AEB a standard feature on most new cars by September 2022. In late December 2019, Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla …

The pensioner Winfried Langner, known as "Deutz-Willi", stands next to his tractor before the descent
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Narrative Around Older Drivers Could Be Changing

Since vehicular accidents cause millions of deaths and injuries each year, car safety is always a priority in the auto industry. While cars can be equipped with the most advanced tech, drivers are ultimately responsible for their conduct on the road. Senior citizens are thought to be especially at risk while behind the wheel. It’s …

Mother putting her 4-week-old baby into a car seat
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Do Car Seats Really Expire?

Car seats are one of the best safety innovations of recent decades. They seem to get more advanced and safer by the year. And every parent probably agrees they’re necessary pieces of car safety equipment for every child. But one thing many parents might believe to be a myth is indeed true. And knowing the …

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When Should I Replace My Car’s Shock Absorbers?

Maintaining your car is a little more involved than changing its oil and rotating the tires, especially if the car is older. So what about the bigger maintenance requirements like replacing your car’s shock absorbers? Is there a prescribed mileage or time required for those? Replace your car’s shocks as needed You might not be …

Workers assembling full-size trucks
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Safety Feature Must-Haves When Buying a Car

In the past several decades, the expectations for car safety have increased drastically. While you could say cars aren’t built like they used to be, they are safer now than ever before. Part of that is because of the materials being used in cars today, where composites are improving cars in numerous ways. The new …

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Safety Tech We Are Actually Using

Car’s aren’t built like they used to be. From the materials used to all of the fancy features we get inside, cars have become so much more convenient and luxurious, but more importantly, they’ve also become safer. Just like any other car feature, however, some safety features sound a lot more useful than they actually …

a man with a black mask breaking into a car
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Are Aftermarket Car Alarm Systems Worth Buying?

Back in the 80s and 90s, it wasn’t too uncommon to hear the “chirp chirp” of someone arming the aftermarket alarm system in their car. And it was even more common here the annoying sonata of sounds that an aftermarket car alarm produces to the annoyance of everyone within one square of the car. But …

Carhartt Brown seat covers
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Why Are Headrests Important in a Car?

Sit in any car nowadays and you’ll probably end up resting your head on the headrest by default. But what headrests for? Do they provide some type of safety feature, or are they there merely to make your head and neck more comfortable on longer drives? Headrests actually play more of a pivotal role than …

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Are Dog Seatbelts Actually Safe?

When it comes to our children and friends, safety is one of the most important things. We buy car seats, ensure seatbelts are being properly, and take extra care in driving when we are responsible for the lives of others. We want our pets to be just as safe, but there is a lot of …

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What Is a ‘J-Turn’ and Is it Illegal?

Have you ever wanted to be a stunt car driver or wanted to learn how to drive like one? If so, then the “J-Turn” is one of the most basic and important driving techniques that you will need to learn. But what is a “J-turn” and is it illegal to do one on the street? …

A red 2014 Toyota 4Runner SUV getting crash tested for safety
Trucks & SUVs

Do SUVs’ Designs Let Them Be More Dangerous?

Airbags aren’t the only things bolstering car safety nowadays. Backup cameras have been mandatory for several years now. And advanced driver-assistance features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise controls are rapidly becoming common-place. However, as safe as modern passenger cars are, IIHS studies suggest trucks and SUVs continue to demonstrate some worrying safety issues. And …