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Since 2008, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has conducted a national survey of United States motorist to identify key indicators about the degree to which traffic safety is valued and pursued by drivers. As in previous years, the 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index reveals that people in the U. READ MORE >>

The number of people affected by data breaches has reached unprecedented levels. Now, with the peak of the tax season, identity thieves are especially eager to cash in on others’ personal information. Millions of compromised personal records READ MORE >>

In the last few days, news reports on the Cambridge Analytica scandal have served as an unsettling reminder to Facebook users of the scope of the social media network's data collection efforts, not to mention the challenges inherent in keeping all that private info secure. READ MORE >>

Your home likely took a beating this winter, so you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter. Have your roof inspected. This is especially important if you notice any leaks or loose shingles or metal. READ MORE >>

“Alexa, tell me what time it is.” “Hey Google, turn the air conditioning down by two degrees.” “Ring, who is at my door?” Our homes are smart, but unfortunately, so are hackers. Are we at risk when connecting our HVAC and burglar alarm systems to the internet? READ MORE >>

Cyber bullying is not just libel anymore. Victims often claim severe emotional distress and even bodily injury. In extreme cases, social media users have been blamed for another person’s death. While a homeowners policy may respond to certain instances where bodily injury is sustained, some online activities may be excluded from coverage. READ MORE >>

If you are a college student, you are probably counting down the days until spring break. Here are 12 spring break tips to keep you safe while you're having fun away from school. 1. Don't be stupid in the ocean. If you are going to be swimming in the ocean, do you even know what rip currents and rip tides are? READ MORE >>

Starting and ending Daylight Saving Time can play havoc with sleep. Find out how to reset your sleep clock. Turning the clock forward or back for Daylight Saving Time is always hard. Losing an hour in the spring can leave you groggy for weeks while the extra hour in the fall can feel like a windfall – but can disrupt your sleep nonetheless. READ MORE >>

The luck of the Irish is not enough to protect you against a possible encounter with an impaired driver during St. Patrick's Day. Alcohol-related crashes continue to be the main factor for deaths during this holiday. In 2000 there were 151 fatal car accidents on St. Patrick's Day, half of which were alcohol-related. READ MORE >>

Despite the fact that not everyone loves American football — particularly in light of its recent politicization via the "Take a Knee" campaign — most everyone loves a party. That makes the ad hoc holiday known as Super Sunday a time for football fans and foes to come together to eat, drink and play armchair TV critic. READ MORE >>

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