Traditional methods of de-icing roads involve pouring some kind of chemical onto the surface: effective, but also time-consuming, and expensive down the line. Pumping electricity through concrete isn’t the most intuitive solution, but it could be surprisingly effective.
This isn’t some run-of-the-mill random Dutch canal. Frozen canals happen every winter, and they are not special. But a road that’s frozen over so completely, so thoroughly, that you can skate your ass down it so well you’re basically Kristi Yamaguchi? That’s a party.
Some scientists believe we’re living in a new epoch of history, the Anthropocene, defined by how drastically humans have altered the Earth with mining, roadways, and other earthworks. Now, engineers are testing plastic roads that can be installed and removed incredibly quickly.
For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley…
This road is fantastically dramatic during stormy weather. Roughly five miles of shear insanity zig-zaging over bridges and across sparsely inhabited islands. Add an Aston Martin DB9 to the mix, and this might be a truly unforgettable experience.
It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail…
When life hands you landslides, make your own private toll road detour. (Haven't you heard the saying?) Since February, a landslide has closed the A431 highway between Bristol and Bath in England, adding an extra hour to the commute. So one enterprising local guy built a road through a private field—the UK's private…
Residents and drivers along Aviation Road in Queensbury, N.Y. were confused and annoyed on Thursday afternoon to find that their commutes were being affected by an unwelcome visitor: meat. Lots of rotting meat that stunk up their cars. "Why is it here?" they asked. "Who did this?"
If you and the fam had plans to visit Yellowstone this year, rethink your itinerary. There's so much underground heat that the roads are melting underneath people's cars.
Linking Pakistan and China through the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, the Karakoram Highway is one of the most alpine, remote, and beautiful roads in the world. This is what life is like along its mountain passes.
"Vision Zero," New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is audacious but not unprecedented. Like almost all good social policies, the Swedes did it first. And we could learn a thing or two from them.
Watch these F-18 pilots training to take off and land on public roads, a skill they used to practice more often back in the Cold War days, when they had to be ready in case the Soviet Union decided to bomb their airfields during an invasion.
On this day in 1982, the government informed the residents of Times Beach, Missouri that they would have to evacuate. The town had paved its own roads with dioxin, among the most toxic cancer-causing substances made by man.
Sheer drops to a river thousands of feet below, overhangs barely high enough to clear a truck's roof, and a waterfall right onto the roadway. This might be the world's most terrifying road, I just don't know where it is.
Regardless of why a chicken would cross a road, they can now do so a little more safely thanks to a new range of high-visibility chicken vests available from Omlet, a British pet supply company. Yes, a real company. Selling jackets. That help chickens cross roads.
There's way more to building a road than just slathering some asphalt all over the ground. The process is actually pretty involved, with a bunch of steps you probably hadn't thought of. And even a little bit of art to it.
We've all said it or thought it or joked about it or believed it at one point in our lives. That damn, we were in the middle of nowhere. But that corn field or dark stretch of the highway hardly qualifies as nowhere. True nowhere is actually in Idaho.
Welcome to the most remote roads in the world! Buckle up or not, whatever. What you'll really need is a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and as much gas as you can carry safely.
Roads are specifically designed to get you from one place to another. By definition, they shouldn't be very remote, but that's not always the case.
Occasionally, after a day immersed in reading about cars, writing about cars, driving in cars, sobbing in cars so no one can see my shame, and generally having my brain defined by cars, I'll have to step back and remind myself just why we even have cars at all. To get our asses and our information from one point to…