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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 >>

  Flash flooding is among the most dangerous roadway hazards a driver can face. However, with the right knowledge, you can keep your car, your family and yourself safe even when one of these events comes to pass.  Knowledge is power READ MORE >>

Recent reports show that despite big advancements in safety, there’s been a surprising uptick in auto fatalities. Now, another report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that pedestrian fatalities are also on the rise. READ MORE >>

If you had a self-driving car, how much attention do you really think you’d need to pay to the road? That’s what we wanted to find out when we asked nearly 3,000 licensed U.S. drivers in a new national survey to coincide with Distracted Driving Awareness Month. READ MORE >>

With so much new car safety technology, it’s hard to believe that traffic deaths would be on the rise. Yet that’s exactly what a new release from the National Safety Council revealed. The organization shared that 40,000 auto fatalities occurred in 2016—which represents a 14 percent jump from 2014. READ MORE >>

  For decades, Americans have had a love affair with their cars – from the sweet 1950’s Ford Thunderbird to the slick Corvette of the ‘80s. There’s just something about being behind the wheel–it’s that free feeling you get on the open road. READ MORE >>

Along with warmer weather, spring brings rain and the potholes of last winter. Springtime brings rain and the aftereffects of winter weather — potholes and uneven pavement. Keep these driving tips in mind before you travel: Spring showers bring May flowers — and wet driving conditions:  READ MORE >>

If you can’t avoid traveling on wet roads altogether, it’s best to drive slow and steady. But what should you do if you start hydroplaning anyway? The first thing to do is relax, as frantic movements will only make your situation worse. READ MORE >>

Driving in fog is considered to be the most dangerous weather hazard, especially if it is exceptionally dense fog or combined with other adverse weather conditions. Foggy conditions are the number one cause of large multi car pile ups. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of a crash. READ MORE >>

Your automobile is likely one of your most valuable possessions, and you need to ensure it is kept in optimal working order at all times. With winter's cold air and precipitation already beginning to show up across the United States, now is a good time to prepare your car for winter. READ MORE >>

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