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Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association offers the How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure, available through most AAA offices. READ MORE >>

While the leaves are changing across much of the country, it’s also that time of year when drivers are more likely to encounter deer – especially during their morning and evening commutes. As those bucks are rushing after their does, they rarely check to see if there is oncoming traffic. READ MORE >>

As fall approaches, drivers everywhere will have a new set of factors to consider as they get behind the wheel. Earlier sunsets mean less visible roads and, depending on where you live, a change in weather could result in more rain or snow. These are just a few conditions drivers can expect as the season changes. READ MORE >>

Autumn is fraught with driving hazards, so know the risks and prepare Fall driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes, the end of daylight saving time and the start of school. These guidelines can help keep you, and others, safe while on the road. READ MORE >>

School carpool season is upon us and the non-profit Car Care Council reminds drivers to make sure their vehicles are kid-safe and road ready with a five-point checklist: 1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. READ MORE >>

  It won’t be long before the weather gets iffy, if that time hasn’t already arrived. Driving safely during the fall months requires more than just cautious driver behavior. Your car also needs some attention. Here are 10 practical tips to help get your car ready for fall. READ MORE >>

Sadly, we can all relate to that dreaded pounding feeling after hitting that one pothole we always try to avoid in our neighborhood. Potholes are car killers. According to Firestone Auto Care, hitting a pothole can cause expensive damage to your tires, wheel rims and suspension; cause prematu... READ MORE >>

  Because they present more of a risk, auto insurance rates are generally higher for teenage drivers. However, there are some ways you can both protect yourself financially and lower the cost of insuring your teen by doing the following:   Understand the Risk READ MORE >>

Studies show hands-free technology does not eliminate cognitive distraction. Nothing diminishes the sorrow when a life is lost in a traffic incident, but if the tragedy can shed light and improve public awareness on safer driving practices, there is an opportunity for some greater good. A U.S. READ MORE >>

An average of 75 people have died in the U.S. from flash floods each year from 2004-2013, according to the National Weather Service. That's more than double the average death toll from lightning. Percent of flood-related deaths by situation from 1995-2010, excluding Hurricane Katrina flood deaths. READ MORE >>

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