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No One Wants to Get Caught Driving in a Flash Flood, But These Tips Will Help

As if navigating through a severe thunderstorm behind the wheel isn't hair raising enough, driving in a flash flood might be worse.

Although flash floods can occur with big storms, they can also be the result of rapid snowmelt or runoff from storms far away. These tips can help you avoid the dangers they pose, including auto body damage and life-threatening circumstances:

Pay attention to road signs. Some areas prone to flooding have permanent warning signs that state "Do Not Enter When Flooded." Assume that if you can't see the road beneath the water that the road is too dangerous to cross. Arizona passed a law called the "Stupid Motorist Law" that...
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5 Automobile Safety Tips to Get You Through Extreme Heat

Whenever summer begins in your region of the country, there’s often a time where it gets into the extreme heat zone. This is the time of year when it’s too hot to be outdoors for any length of time. Your car, however, may have no choice. You still must drive during hot weather conditions, often parking in unshaded areas. This is when automobile safety can be an issue.

Here are five crucial safety tips to help ensure that you, your family, pets and vehicle handle summer safely:

Monitor tire pressure: Check tires before and during long trips. For an accurate result, use your gauge when tires are cold, usually before driving in...
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How to Deal With Hydroplaning While Driving in Rainy Weather

Hydroplaning is a risk when you're driving in rainy weather. By learning what causes this phenomenon and how to deal with it, you'll be better prepared for this nerve-wracking safety threat if and when it happens.

What Makes a Car Hydroplane?

When the tires can't scatter the water in front of your car's wheels out of the way quickly enough, hydroplaning occurs. The water pressure in front of the tires pushes the liquid under the wheels. While the tires are on top of this thin film of water with no traction on the roadway, you lose both steering and braking capabilities.

How to Avoid Hydroplaning on Wet Roads

Hydroplaning is more likely to occur in the first few minutes of a light...

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How to Handle a Roadside Emergency to Keep You and Your Car Safe

Auto emergencies are always stressful.

Whether it's a mechanical failure, a flat tire or an unexpected empty gas tank that causes a roadside emergency, it's vital to take steps right away to ensure your personal safety and protect your car:

Get off the roadway. If you can, pull off onto the shoulder or into an emergency lane to prevent a possible collision. Get as far off the road as possible to stay safe and avoid debris kicked up by other vehicles that could damage your paint or auto glass. Make the...
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Blind Spots Are to Blame for Many Accidents, So Know the Dangers

Blinds spots are a hazard that drivers must contend with every time they get behind the wheel. These visual impairments not only pose a threat to drivers, their passengers and other motorists, but they also can cause serious or fatal injuries to motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

How to Identify and Deal With Blind Spots

A blind spot can be caused by factors within your vehicle or in your outside surroundings. Here are some common driving situations where not monitoring blind zones can prove perilous:

Intersections and crosswalks - Big trees, roadside signs, bus shelters and other large objects can make it impossible to see other traffic and pedestrians when you're approaching an...
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