Most drivers have seen the dangerous stuff that falls off of another vehicle and into a lane of traffic. Unfortunately, that amount of crap is growing and it’s killing drivers. In fact, crashes caused by road debris went up 40 percent in the past 15 years.
In the good old days, men were “men,” America was apparently “great,” and the only helmet anybody needed was a dashing cow-skin hat with cute little ear flaps. Then a lot of people died, and over a century later, heads go racing with the comfort of padding, radios and water straws.
The pro-am Prototype Challenge class will spin off track for good in 2018, per IMSA. A series of changes announced today will leave the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship with only three classes and IMSA with only one open-cockpit car still racing in all seven of their series.
The contingent of teams that make up the Formula One Strategy Group recently shelved plans to introduce a head-protecting device around the cars’ cockpits until at least 2018. Fortunately, the FIA followed up that news with a commitment to research the idea further. Here’s as complete a solution as it gets: close the…
Over the last six or seven years, I’ve been wrenching on cars almost non-stop. But since I don’t have any formal training, I’ve hurt myself quite a few times. I’ve cut myself on rusty sheetmetal, squirted battery acid in my eye, and set lots of stuff aflame. All of these mistakes are common—but they can be avoided.
Roland Goff is currently recovering after he crashed his Honda VTX1300 motorcycle and was pinned under it for more than a week, living off rain water and “whatever he could reach” to eat.
What on earth is a dome skid, and why is it such a big deal? Well, for one, we haven’t seen the kind of massive airborne crashes at this year’s Indianapolis 500 like we did last year. Racer caught up with polesitter James Hinchcliffe ahead of the race for a quick, clear run-down of IndyCar’s new safety gear.
Formula One technical chiefs have selected the “halo” concept to implement in 2017, per the BBC. The halo, along with the “aeroscreen” device suggested by Red Bull, is meant to improve driver head protection in the car. Ultimately, the halo was selected as it was believed to be the more ready of the two options.
Motorcyclist, electronics tech and inventor John Henry spent years developing a “third brake-light” for motorcycles and is finally taking it to market. The helmet-mounted LED illuminates when the bike is slowing down and acts as a rescue beacon in a crash.
Preliminary data from state highway safety offices around America shows annual traffic fatalities for motorcyclists going up an estimated 10 percent in 2015. That meant about 450 more bikers killed on the road last year than the year before for an expected total of just over 5,000. Here’s what we know.
Simply put, you will not believe that the drivers in this video survived the crash that they show to you.
Good news, Smoke fans! Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend, and is even eligible for NASCAR’s playoff-style championship, the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bad news, everyone: he was also just fined $35,000 for calling out NASCAR on something he should be able to voice concerns on: safety.
A roll cage is one of the most essential parts of a race car, and having one made well can literally save your butt. Did you ever wonder what all of the steps involved in building one of these beauties look like? Wonder no more.
Recovering a stuck truck is serious business; there’s a lot of weight and energy at work and if you don’t take safety seriously you can end up like these idiots: dodging a flying steel projectile for dear life.
When faced with the dilemma of how to stop people from texting and driving, different countries come up with different solutions. Here in America, we’re trying things like Apple CarPlay, which sort of works. But New Zealand might’ve just come up with the best solution of all.
The modern car is littered with dozens of safety systems and sensors designed to provide the driver with all sorts of enhanced information like lane-keeping, drowsiness detection, and blind spot monitoring. But motorcycles haven’t been so quick to receive this upgraded safety tech, until now.
Lyle Barnett is an experienced drag racer, but nothing prepares you for the moment your engine turns into a pressurized flamethrower aimed directly at your face. He was lucky to survive, but his scars and his words serve as an important warning to everybody who drives hard.
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With NASCAR’s Daytona 500 this weekend, the sport also marks the 15th anniversary of the death of one of its most legendary drivers: the Intimidator, Dale Earnhardt. While his fatal crash at the 2001 Daytona 500 was tragic and unexpected, it launched an increased focus on racing safety that has saved the lives of…