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55Truck Tailgate Thefts Rose 31 Percent Last Year

Texas led the nation with 752 claims

According to a study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, truck tailgate theft is becoming more of a problem. From January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, the number of instances of this type of theft jumped a remarkable 31 percent.

29Think air travel is risky? Try driving a car

Aviation Is Safer, But Our Perceptions Of Risks Are Skewed

It was a terrible stretch for aviation.

5Car Shopping For A Teen? Here's What You Need To Know

Many used cars don't contain criticial safety features that could keep kids safer

Teen drivers are the most vulnerable motorists on the road. They take unnecessary risks. They're inexperienced. They're more likely to sit behind the wheel of used cars that don't contain the latest safety technology.

20IIHS releases new rankings from crash-avoidance tests [w/video]

Out of 24 vehicles tested, eight earned the highest rating of "Superior."

6Volvo Develops Inflatable Car Seat

Ultra-light prototype could be answer to parents prayers

Properly installing a bulky, awkward car seat is one of the most essential -- and frustrating -- skills parents must master. Volvo has developed a better way: an inflatable, portable, ultra-light car seat.

1Graco Recalls 400,000 Additional Car Seats, 1.8 Million More Still Disputed

NHTSA wants more seats fixed; defect may have led to at least 1 death

Graco is recalling 403,222 more car seats over a potentially deadly problem with their buckles.

70Feds Want Cars To Be Able To Talk To Each Other

Government sees technology as a way to reduce collisions on the road

Raising hopes of preventing many collisions, transportation officials say they'll propose requiring that automakers equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicate with each other.

10AARP Refresher Course Aims To Keep Seniors Safe And Mobile

Drivers need to evolve along with our cars and roads

Cars and transportation infrastructure are ever-evolving, as they're constantly being updated to reflect new technologies, strategies and laws. While that's often a good thing, as most of these steps make us safer and more efficient drivers, it can be hard for people, especially seniors, to keep up.

AddPrevent Distracted Driving? Government Can't Move Fast Enough

Some people using apps to shop on Amazon while driving

Distracted driving is a scourge on American roads, but the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe is in a poor position to address the problem.

3Why Teens Are Driving Less: It's The Economy, Stupid

New study says economic crunch is primarily to blame for decline in teen driving

Teens are driving less. That much, we know already. We've watched the auto industry gnash its collective teeth over the downward trend in Generation Y driving for the better part of a year.

49Americans Less Concerned About Dangerous Driving Activities

As traffic fatalities increase, surveys show less and less people find drunk, aggressive and drowsy driving to be a threat

Americans are less likely to to see dangerous driving activities such as drunk, aggressive or drowsy driving as a threat to themselves or other drivers on the road, according to an analysis of four years of public surveys conducted by AAA.

5Should Car Owners Replace Airbags In Older Cars?

Manuals say they should be inspected after 10 years, but does anyone ever do that?

Thirty pages deep in a beaten-up vehicle's owner's manual, there's a curious warning about aging airbags.

59Hackers Show Off How They Can Take Over Your Car

You'll be surprised to see what they can control from the back seat

About a month ago, we here at AOL Autos told you about the new department the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has set up to deal with the potential that hackers can get into your car's computer system and take it over.

493Ten Years After Tragic Crash, States No Closer To Solving Elderly Driving Problems

More and more elderly drivers are behind the wheel, but screening for at-risk seniors still not occurring

The first comment left on George Russell Weller's online obituary reads: "Let us not forget the grief that he caused."

73How To Tell An Elderly Relative It's Time To Stop Driving

Author Carol-Ann Hamilton walks us through a very delicate conversation

Author Carol-Ann Hamilton walks us through a very difficult conversation: Telling your parents or an elderly relative that they need to stop driving.

38How To Honk: A Guide To Using Your Horn

Honking is banned, limited, and even protected across the country

When self-expression has been reduced to 140 characters, the stray honk of a car horn can seem like just another form of reflex communication. And just like Twitter, honking can be annoying, mindless, a nuisance, and even illegal while driving.

69Main factor in distracted driving deaths not phones, it's getting lost in thought

It turns out electronic devices aren't the leading cause of distracted driving car crashes. Around 10 percent of all accidents that cause a death involve distracted driving, and Bloomberg reports that an Erie Insurance Group study has found that daydreaming and being lost in thought are responsible for 62 percent of those crashes. Mobile phone use, meanwhile, accounted for just 12 percent of those accidents. The study used police reports for its data, and as such, the numbers could greatly under

118Playing It Safe With Kids And Cars

Follow these tips and keep children safe on the road

Did you know 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly? According to safercar.gov, parents haven't been doing enough to keep their kids safe on the road, which has resulted in vehicle crashes becoming one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old.

119US traffic deaths climb 7.1% in first 9 months of 2012

Less than two weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2011 traffic fatalities had declined by nearly 2 percent – to the lowest level in more than six decades. Now comes word that the first nine months of 2012 haven't been nearly as positive. According to the government agency's preliminary estimates, traffic deaths through September of this year have risen 7.1 percent when compared to last year's figures – the largest increase for that calendar per

25High-tech seatbelt device wants to save you in a flood [w/video]

We imagine things get hectic pretty quickly if you happen to take a deep plunge while still in your car. As the water rushes in, things like patience and good sense can rush out, so doing something as reflexive and simple as getting out of your seatbelt can waste time you don't really have. If you're worried about ending up underwater in your car, then you'll want to check out the Escape Belt from Dutch company Fijen.

9Are Hybrids Safer In A Crash?

Simply put, that extra mass is protective--it helps to protect the occupants from injury.

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