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Do night driving glasses make it easier to see at night?

There are many yellow-tinted driving glasses being sold with claims like this one: Yellow lens tint enhances contrast at night Anti-reflective coating reduces glare. There are also many ...
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Are roads more dangerous when it first rains?

From DriversEd.com: Rain: Slow down at the first sign of rain, drizzle, or snow on the road. This is when many road surfaces are most slippery because moisture mixes with oil and dust that has not ...
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Is a tow truck driver killed every six days on average in the US?

Along I-90 in Massachusetts (and I presume elsewhere in the state), there is a digital billboard which sometimes displays a message from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that a tow truck ...
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Do defensive driving courses reduce car accidents in teenage drivers?

A fairly common claim is that young learner drivers should take defensive driving courses so that they know what to do if they lose control of their car. This comes with the implications it will ...
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Did Albert Einstein never learn to drive?

Many websites make the claim that Albert Einstein never learned to drive. For example, this website claims: Did Albert Einstein have a car? Albert Einstein had no car of his own and he also never ...
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Do Chinese drivers intentionally hit to kill pedestrians (after injuring them)?

Disclaimer: the article actually contains a gruesome enumeration of cases, you might wish not to read it. According to Slate the Chinese law is: should you hurt someone (with a car?), you will ...
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Is it more dangerous to ride a motorcycle [with a helmet] than to drive a car?

Tell people you want to purchase a motorcycle and the usual response is "I hope you have your will made out" or "I don't want you to die" or similar. The implication is that motorcycle riding is more ...
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Is it illegal to drive with a dirty car in Belarus?

I just saw on Fifth Gear (a UK TV car show) that it was illegal to drive a dirty car in Belarus. A Google search revealed many other people believe this to be true. Can anyone confirm it is true and ...
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Is using a phone while driving more dangerous than driving while drunk?

There have been numerous studies that show how using a phone while driving is more distracting than other non-driving tasks and even worse than driving while intoxicated. Here was a study done in the ...
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Are there places you can't go in the US without paying tolls? [closed]

I work a job that requires 100% travel. I cannot recall ever having to pay a toll since I use Google maps with the "avoid toll" feature. Yet, I have work mates who regularly claim that they go to jobs ...
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Is there a “sweet spot” of secondary engagement that makes driving safer?

From Playing games while driving? BrightDriver's challenging proposition (emphasis added): At first blush, playing games while driving sounds like the kind of thing only the accident-prone would ...
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Did Napoleon introduce driving on the right side because he was left-handed?

Traffic has almost always been keep-to-the-left since at least the time of Rome until relatively recently. Some historians, such as C. Northcote Parkinson, believed that ancient travellers on ...
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Is talking and driving more dangerous than any other type of distraction?

Are there any studies that demonstrate that talking on a cell phone is more dangerous than any other type of distraction? Yes, it seems clear that talking on a cell phone is a distraction, but for ...