When it became clear last week that the looming weather catastrophe wouldn’t be remembered for Hurricane Joaquin, but rather the historic flooding in the Carolinas, I knew that the internet would be plastered with videos of idiots driving through floods come Monday. Idiots came through. Don’t drive through a flood,… »
The most fundamental item of motorcycle gear is also, frequently, the most misunderstood. Let’s clear up the conventional wisdom and marketing obfuscation, then put the best, safest helmet possible on your head.
Fiat Chrysler has had a rough go in the safety department lately, or at least in how they’ve clashed with America’s safety regulators. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced Fiat Chrysler had a “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries in their cars, as required by law. »
With the right knowledge and a little bit of forethought, the first person on the scene at a motorcycle accident can make the difference between life and death. I just wish I’d thought about this stuff before I found a rider down, trapped under his own bike on a desolate road. Here’s what happened. »
If a picture is worth a thousand words, video of the unbelievably stupid things you see on the road is priceless. But can dash cams actually help you out in a sticky situation? Here’s how to decide whether you should get one, as well as the skinny on dash cams in relation to insurance companies and U.S. law. »
With any tragedy in motor racing, there are always calls to improve safety. Now one of the biggest debates in racing has been reignited by the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson: whether to phase out the open cockpit race cars found in Formula One, IndyCar and similar series in favor of cars with closed cockpits.… »
If pointing a laser at an aircraft is a bad idea (trust me, it is a very bad idea) then pointing a laser at a police air unit is basically like calling ahead to make yourself a reservation in jail. This video shows three individuals in Vaughan, Ontario doing exactly that. If you’re in the mood for some justice porn… »
After a brutal crash at the Nürburgring last March resulted in the death of a spectator, track organizers had to step back and examine their safety situation. Speed limits were slapped on, feeding rumors that “The Green Hell” would lose its character. Don’t worry, the track will be running full noise again next year.… »
In light of recent attempts to make F1 more exciting again, some have called for a return to the high stakes, womanizing days of yore, where F1 didn’t apologize for what it was and a simple off would certainly end your race. Here’s why Hooniverse’s Patrick Hoffstetter doesn’t think that’s the answer to F1’s woes.
The 2017 E-Class is shaping up to be a massive technological leap for Mercedes-Benz, packed with everything from car-to-X communication to using your smartphone to replace the key fob and remote park the new sedan. But a system called “Pre-Safe Sound” will blow your mind – and not your eardrums.
Automakers are constantly pushing forward with different new safety technologies that are supposed to save our lives. Sometimes, they don’t catch on.
After a car accident, things can get so hectic that you’ll probably have a hard time thinking straight. These are the things you need to do to prepare for an accident, as well as the steps you should follow if you’re involved in one. »
As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests the 2015 Ford F-150, Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette noticed the crew cabs have extra “protection bars” that two-door trucks don’t get. If you think that sounds shady, IIHS seems to agree and has already started digging deeper. »
Let’s just get one FACT out of the way: most drivers on the road are just not good drivers. But the Swedish safety-obsessed wonks over at Autoliv (who last set up a nighttime animal-detection system for extra-effective deer hunting and/or avoidance) have found a way around that, with this funky autonomous braking… »
Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do. It’s also something for which they likely have no or minimal training. Before you hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, let’s look at how to make it more survivable.
On March 27, while riding a $450 motorcycle through Vietnam, I lost my backpack. It contained my camera, computer, and two hard drives containing seven months of RAW photos and videos. This is what I learned from the ordeal. »
Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. »
Spending the day at Ikea is a fun treat in the best of times, a relationship-destroying nightmare in the worst. For one Airbus designer, though, following the yellow arrows around the bins of votive candles and wall hooks was a breakthrough moment. »
Ever since cars first hit the road drivers have been terrible at parking, so it makes sense that we’re finally leveraging all the advancements we’ve made in robotics to do that for us. But instead of an automaton hopping into the driver’s seat, these flat but strong robots are able to lift a vehicle by its wheels and… »