what cause hydroplaning? (8 tips to avoid)

wet roads are the main culprit of vehicle-related accidents in the world. for example, in the u.s. alone, 73% of the weather-related accidents happen on wet pavement. and the main reason why this happens is hydroplaning. but what is hydroplaning, and what causes it? well, you’ll have to read on to find out, as the … read more

car mirrors correctly

8 tips to adjust your car mirrors correctly

don’t assume that modern car door mirrors adjust themselves or you could be putting your life and others at risk. you need to adjust all three of your rearview mirrors so that you get the widest view possible while keeping your blind spots to a minimum. this is particularly important on multi-lane highways where you … read more

driving safety in the rain

11 tips for driving safety in the rain

rain pours outside, and you’re safe and sound in your vehicle speeding to your next appointment. i’m also in a hurry most of my life, but driving fast in rainy conditions is never a good idea. why? well, first of all, modern tires have a coefficient of friction of 0.7 on dry, and 0.4 on … read more

car accidents

15 most common causes of car accidents (tips for prevention)

despite the efforts authorities and vehicle manufacturers make to improve road safety, car accidents still happen at an alarming rate. which by itself imposes that most accidents happen due to human error. according to stanford law school, 90% of the crashes in 2013 in the u.s. happened at least partially due to human error. thankfully, … read more

traffic jams

what cause traffic jams? the physics behind you need to know

i live in seattle and my two daily commutes last about 45 minutes. (that’s when i’m lucky; sometimes it’s more like two hours each.) this has given me an immense amount of time watching the interesting patterns in the cars. boredom led me to fantasize about the traffic being like a flowing liquid, with cars … read more

safe following distance

what is a safe following distance? (3 second rule)

while everyone on the road should (in theory) have a valid driving license, unfortunately, not everybody has the same level of skill behind the wheel. nobody wants to be involved in a crash, so let’s look at one important aspect of driving – what is a safe following distance? understanding “stopping distance” first, let’s talk … read more