Auto safety is a responsibility shared by all drivers and passengers. Not all accidents can be prevented, but there are plenty of tools and information that could help reduce the millions of vehicle-related accidents around the world each year. Precautionary measures to consider include: road safety, vehicle safety, driving laws, distracted and drunk driving and how to drive in bad weather.
Here are some links to helpful articles and resources to get your auto safety knowledge up to speed:
Highway and Road Safety
Steps to Staying Safe on the Road: See what the American Red Cross suggests to pack in a disaster supplies kit and how to stay safe on the road.
Highway Safety Improvement Program: Learn everything the Highway Safety Improvement Program does to make our public roads safe.
Highway Safety Information System: Check out some state statistics about traffic volume, road inventory and crash statistics.
2018 Safest Vehicles: Find out which cars and SUVs were rated the safest by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Safety ratings: Do you know your vehicle’s safety rating? Search its test results here.
Vehicle Safety Tips: Read fire-related vehicle safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association.
The Basics of Vehicle Safety Maintenance: See what parts of your vehicle need to be maintained and why it’s important.
Preparing for Roadside Emergencies: Learn the best ways to prepare for roadside emergencies.
Auto Crash Ratings
Best Safety-Rated Cars: Check out the best safety-rated vehicles by Kelley Blue Book.
NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings: Search safety rating by make, model and year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
How to Check a Car Safety Rating: Learn how to check car safety ratings and understand what the data means.
New Car Crash Test Could Be Coming: Read how the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is considering adding yet another front crash test.
How Safe Is the Car With a "Five-Star" Crash-Test Rating?: Hear the opinion of writer Jack Gillis, who says the government rating system is too easy.
Crash Test Ratings: What's the Difference Between IIHS and NHTSA?: Learn the difference between IIHS and NHTSA crash ratings.
Driver Safety and Laws
Safety Laws by State: Take a look at safety laws by state.
Safety on the Road: Learn what steps you can take to become a safer driver.
How to Become a Safe Driver: Find out how to avoid crashes and limit distractions.
AAA Digest of Motor Laws: Browse each state’s traffic laws, vehicle titling and registration requirements, fees and taxes, driver’s licenses and traffic safety.
Weirdest Traffic Laws: Check out 10 of the weirdest, wackiest traffic laws in America.
Distracted and Drunk Driving
Distracted Driving Laws: Explore the Governors Highway Safety Association state specific laws about distracted driving.
Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks: Learn the important details of the "Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks" campaign.
Distracted Driving: Get educated on all the distractions that drivers have.
Driving While Impaired: Alcohol and Drugs: Learn the effects of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The Dangers of Drinking and Driving: See how drinking can affect your ability to drive.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Get educated on the mission of MADD — Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
New and Teen Drivers
Driving Tips for Rookies: Discover a variety of advice and tips for new drivers.
10 Tips for Teen Drivers and Their Parents: Learn some useful tips for teaching a teen how to drive.
Top Defensive Driving Tips for New Drivers: See ways to become a defensive driver.
Driving Techniques: Read about driving techniques for safe, confident and comfortable steering.
Car Insurance for Teens: Find out how to insure a teenager.
Winter Driving Safety Tips: Get caught up on helpful winter driving tips.
Dangers of Summer Driving: Learn about the hazards of summer driving.
Driving in Strong Winds: Educate yourself on how to drive in high winds.
Tornado Safety if Caught in a Car: See what to do if you’re driving and get caught near a tornado.
Do's and Don'ts if Your Car Is Caught in a Flood: Learn the do's and don'ts if caught in a flood while driving.
Safety is in your hands
We can all make the road a safer place by learning and following the rules. Feel free to share this resource guide with your friends and family!
*This article has been updated from its original posting on November 10, 2016. Stephanie Lo contributed to this article.