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A new survey details what mistakes student drivers most frequently make when they get behind the wheel for their maiden voyage.
Most Common Missteps Teens Do When Driving
eDrivers recently queried 200 drivers ed instructors about what flubs they most often observe among teens getting their licenses for the first time.
Most teens say they've seen their parents text while driving before.
Parents Sending Mixed Signals By Texting And Driving
A new poll suggests that parents may not be practicing what they preach when it comes to distracted driving. 
You may want to keep your headlights regardless of what time of day it is.
'Bright' Idea: 3 Ways To See Better While Driving At Night
Avoid a car accident when driving at night with some of these "bright" ideas.
Ford joins nine other automakers in pledging to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature in all-new vehicles.
Automakers Commit To Standardizing Automatic Emergency Brakes
GM, BMW and Ford represent three of 10 major automakers that have pledged to install AEB in all-new vehicles in the not too distant future.
Winter tires help the car to grip the road more effectively.
3 Key Steps To Mounting A Vigorous Winter Driving Defense
The best defense when driving in snowy, inclement conditions is a good offense. 
More than 3,000 people died in 2013 because of distracted driving, according to government data.
Police Employing New Strategies To Spot Drivers Texting
With texting bans being hard to legislate, police officers are getting creative to spot distracted drivers.
Driving more than 10 mph over the limit usually results in a ticket or at the very least a warning.
Should You Fight A Speeding Ticket?
There's no denying that speeding is a significant safety issue. In a recent poll conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of motorists said that they considered speeding to be a problem on the country's main roads and back roads.
Red-light running is rampant in the U.S., leading to far too many highway fatalities, a new report shows.
5 Worst Cities For Running Red Lights
Houston has seen the highest number of traffic fatalities stemming from motorists running a red light between 2004 and 2013, according to newly released numbers.
Be careful not to be distracted by fall foliage when you're driving.
4 Fall Driving Hazards To Prepare For
Winter may be the most treacherous time of year for driving, but autumn has its own hazards to watch out for.
Wiping down your headlights from time to time is one of the ways you can maintain their performance.
3 Ways To Keep Your Headlights Going Strong
With the sun fading on the summer - quite literally - it's important to ensure that your headlights are in good working order.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that schools begin at 8:30 a.m. or later for optimal student performance in the classroom.
CDC: Schools Starting Classes Too Early
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that schools ought to begin at 8:30 a.m. or later, but few schools are following this advice. 
Many states prohibit teens from driving with more than one passenger up to a certain age.
Back To School Means Back To The Roads For Teens
With classes resuming shortly, thousands of teens will not only be learning about math and history, but also the rules of the road.
Most Americans try to put away at least $1,000 for their annual road trip, according to a new survey.
Most Americans Save Before Summer Road Trip, Poll Finds
A great way to save money while planning for vacation is through performing some basic automotive maintenance checks.
More than 10,000 people per year die in accidents caused by a drunk driver.
Turning To Technology To Help End Drunk Driving
Alcohol-interlock systems and other technologies are the latest tools being deployed in the battle against driving under the influence.
Audible and vibrating alerts that smartphone users receive may be causing more people to drive distracted, according to a new study from Florida State University.
Cellphone Alerts Nearly As Distracting As Texting, Researchers Say
Researchers from Florida State University say that smartphone alerts may be driving motorists to distraction. 
Keeping both hands on the wheel is another way to drive defensively.
Top 5 Rules Of Defensive Driving
Anticipating when an accident might happen is the most effective way to avoid being involved in one.
Nearly half of the United States has some form of red light camera in operation.
Hitting The Brakes For 'National Stop On Red Week'
Stretching from Aug. 2-8, the traffic safety campaign that aims to end red-light running.
A new anti-distracted driving campaign looks to deter teens from texting once and for all.
Declaring A 'Thumb War' On Texting And Driving
Sprint and are teaming through a joint venture in order to get teens to get off - and stay off - their phones while driving.
More than 11,000 people have been injured in the past 10 years in distracted walking incidents, according to a new study.
Cellphone Overuse Causing More Walking Injuries
Distracted driving may be at epidemic proportions, but distracted walking is growing in frequency, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.
Reducing speed is one of the best ways motorcycle riders can stay safe on the road.
Motorcycle Deaths Down Once Again, New GHSA Report Says
Motorcycle deaths fell by 1.8% last year, the third time there's been a decline in the last 10 years, according to newly released estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association. 
Alcohol ignition interlocks work by preventing drivers from starting their cars if their blood alcohol content is above the legal limit.
Ignition Interlock Technology Could Spare 59,000 Lives Annually, Study Finds
A new study out of the University of Michigan estimates that 59,000 people could be saved through greater alcohol ignition interlock device use.
More than 3.7 million people were cited last year for running through a red light, according to a new traffic safety report.
Red-Light Running Peaks In the Summertime
More than 3.7 million drivers ran a red light last year, many of them happening during the summer holidays, according to a new report from the National Coalition for Safer Roads.
A recent study out of the University of Philadelphia finds that novice drivers are at a significantly greater crash risk than experienced, mainly because they haven't fully grasped basic driving safety  concepts.
Study: Recently Licensed Teens At Much Higher Crash Risk
A recent study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia finds that teenagers' greatest crash risk comes three months after getting their licenses.
A new poll finds motorists are more frustrated by drivers who text message than runners, bikers and walkers combined.
Americans Peeved By Texters, New Poll Finds
For the second straight year, motorists find texting to be the most exasperating driver behavior, based on a new survey by travel website Expedia.
More than two-thirds of Americans will travel over the summer, according to a recent Harris Poll.
What To Check Before This Summer's Road Trip
If you're taking to the roads this summer for a family vacation, make sure you give your ride a comprehensive pre-trip vehicle exam.
People continue to text and drive despite the dangers that are linked to the activity.
More Than 1 in 4 Crashes Caused By Cellphones, New Data Reveals
Roughly 27% of automobile accidents stem from cell phones, according to the National Safety Council.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, only one-third of railway crossings have flashing lights that alert motorists a train is approaching.
Railroad Industry Urges Police To Ratchet Up Safety Enforcement
Nearly 240 people in the United States died last year in grade crossing incidents, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
Experience isn't a mitigating factor when it comes to the safety of texting and driving, a recent report suggests.
Study: Experienced Drivers No Better At Texting And Driving Than Novice
A recent study from Wayne University says that people who are older and more experienced at texting and driving tend to perform worse at the activity compared to people with less working knowledge of it.
The Tesla Model S is Consumer Reports' best overall pick for 2014 models.
5 Of The Safest Cars From 2014
These 2014 models are among the best on the road in terms of safety, all selected by Consumer Reports.
Children are involved in 17% of pedestrian fatalities.
GHSA Releases Sobering Stats On Pedestrian Fatalities
Over 2,000 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. between January and June 2014, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Your spring cleaning routine should include getting your car back in gear by decontaminating it of winter's remnants.
Spring Cleaning Your Car
Get and keeping your vehicle clean is a key part of automotive maintenance.
At least 10,000 people die every year due to drunk driving, a toll safety officials say is far too high.
US Winning Drunk Driving Battle, But War Rages On
Driver intoxication has fallen in frequency, but at least 10,000 people still die from it every year.
Red light cameras are used to at least some degree in 21 states.
Survey: Drivers Behind Red Light Camera Use, Oppose Speed Cameras
A majority of Americans are in favor of cameras being used at intersections, but are against ones that monitor speed, according to a new poll.
If you're driving, don't risk going down a street that's flooded.
The Big Meltdown: Dealing With Standing Water
Winter's wrath and spring rains could make for localized flooding issues out on the roads.
The moving violation performed and where it takes place both have an impact on how much insurance premiums increase, according to a recent study.
How Moving Violations Can Affect Auto Insurance Premiums
In Hawaii, reckless driving can increase premiums by nearly 290%, according to Quadrant Information Services.
Keep driving safe and sober your No. 1 priority this St. Patrick's Day holiday.
Celebrate Responsibly This St. Patrick's Day
Make sure drunk driving isn't part of your St. Patrick's Day holiday.
Many cities in New England have spent all of the money apportioned to snow cleanup and removal.
Relentless Winter Creating Financial Woes For Municipalities
Snow removal budgets are dwindling for many New England cities - some of which are operating in the red.
Black ice can form whenever the ground temerature is at or below freezing and there's precipitation that's falling or already there.
7 Smart Ways To Approach Black Ice
Black ice is one of the trickier winter conditions to adjust to because it's difficult to detect.
At long last, the lengthier days of darkness are nearly over, as daylight saving time is just around the corner, the annual time of year where clocks "spring ahead," providing an extra hour of sunlight.
Daylight Saving Time Linked with Spike in Car Accidents, Study Finds
A University of Colorado-Boulder study finds that the hour less of sleep that comes with DST is associated with higher crash incidents on the roads.
For the third year in a row, the Toyota Motor Corp. is the undisputed king of the automaking world, selling more vehicles than any other nameplate worldwide.
Toyota is World's Top Automaker Once Again
Toyota Motor Corp. sold 10.2 million vehicles in 2014, the third year in a row that its sold more than any other nameplate in the world.
After looking at collision claims occurring within the zip codes of the NFL's 32 teams, HLDI analysts found that the rate of claims tended to be higher on days in which the home team lost or tied than when it won.
Auto Claim Rates 'Spike' on Days When Home NFL Team Loses, Study Finds
A new report indicates that collision claims stemming from accidents around NFL stadiums tend to be more frequent when the home team loses than when it wins, according to the latest findings from the Highway Loss Data Institute.
Gas prices have really gone through quite the transformation over the past several months.
Fuel Economy Still Overarching Concern for Car Buyers, Despite Dip in Gas Prices
Gas mileage is the main reason why new-vehicle owners go with their purchase, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates survey.
Whenever there's a crash, an auto insurance claim process ensues in order to determine how the accident happened and who may have been at fault.
Will My Rates Go Up If An Accident Isn't My Fault?
You've just been involved in a crash but you're blameless for what happened. Should you expect to see your premiums go up?
With subzero temperatures throughout much of the U.S. over the past month or so of winter, odds are you've started up the car before your morning commute to make the ride a bit more comfortable.
Think Twice Before Warming Up Your Car in the Morning
'Puffing' is illegal in many states because it increases the risk of cars being stolen.
Sales of all-new cars and trucks is forecast to total 17 million over the next 12 months, a near 3% uptick from 2014, according to estimates made by online car buying and selling platform TrueCar.
New-car Sales to Flourish in 2015
Two recently released reports suggest that new-car purchases will reach right around 17 million in the new year, due largely to the improving state of the economy.
A new study reveals that sunny days have significant accident potential.
Study: Near-Collision Risk Doubles When Skies Are Clear
New analysis finds that the actions motorists take when the weather is nice out increase the chances of an accident.
In 49 of the 50 states, auto insurance isn't merely a suggestion of something to purchase that comes in handy, it's required by law.
10 Reasons Why You Need Auto Insurance
When in a sticky situation, having the right coverage in place can be a lifeline, something that you really can't afford to go without.
With one-third of Americans intending to hit the road for the holiday, inclement weather could make for a treacherous ride.
Few Motorists Prepared for Snow-Covered Holiday, New Poll Finds
Just 1 in 4 drivers has or will equip their vehicle with winter tires this year, according to a survey by Bridgestone Americas.
The percentage of uninsured motorists in the country has consistently declined over the past several years, according to the Insurance Research Council.
How to Secure the Proper Car Insurance Plan
These tips should enable you to determine what to take into consideration before buying insurance.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is cautioning parents not to let too much of the semester pass by without talking to their sons or daughters about the dangers of drinking to excess, particularly when it's combined with getting behind the wheel of a car.
Discussing College Drinking
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism advises parents to talk to their college kids about the dangers of alcohol.
In a bid to lower the number of auto insurance claims that result from wildlife walking or running out into traffic, the Virginia Department of Transportation is investigating their travel patterns.
Safety Officials in Virginia Launch 3-Year Study to Reduce Wildlife Collisions
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the analysis should help reduce the number of car accidents involving animals.
In an effort to get more individuals to come to a complete stop when they're approaching an intersection, a number of towns and cities have turned to red-light cameras.
NCSR: Red-Light Cameras Resulting in Fewer Moving Violations
The National Coalition for Safer Roads says close to 90% of people cited for running a red light last year weren't fined for doing it again.
When it comes to which consumers are the most common purchasers of new vehicles, baby boomers tend to buy more all-new cars than their younger counterparts, based on the results of a new survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
Baby Boomers Big Buyers of New Vehicles, Report Finds
In year-to-date sales, consumers in their 50s and 60s have purchased the most new cars, according to J.D. Power and Associates.
Used car prices are projected to decline rather precipitously in the forthcoming months, largely due to the frequency with which people are buying all-new automobiles.
Used Car Prices to Lower Thanks to Surging New-Car Sales
Recent analysis indicates used car prices are anticipated to slide to levels not seen since 2008.
Virtually every state in the country has some type of distracted driving law in place, largely because the safety hazards of the practice are so serious.
Study Says Primary Enforcement is Best for Texting and Driving Bans
New research from the University of Alabama-Birmingham found the greatest reductions in highway fatalities due to distracted driving were among states that make it a primary offense.
A new report was recently released that people who are looking to buy a smaller car might want to heed.
IIHS: Small Cars Perform Poorly in Overlap Front Test
Only the Mini Cooper Countryman received a "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
After a year's that's been replete with automotive recalls due to safety issues, a surprising new study reveals that safety takes a backseat to price when it comes to the factors that consumers consider before purchasing a new vehicle.
Poll: Consumers Value Price Over Safety
More car buyers say the affordability of a vehicle has a bigger influence on their decision to purchase a vehicle than safety history, according to YouGov.
The Chevrolet Volt recently earned IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ designation.
The 6 Safest Small Cars on the Road Today
Half of the 12 small cars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed in crash testing received its Top Safety Pick designation.
Many Americans think hands-free devices are safer to use behind the wheel then they really may be.
Do Hands-Free Devices Make Driving Safer?
A new National Safety Council survey reveals how many people are under the wrong impression about hands-free technology.
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