Wednesday, December 27

The Debunker: Should You "Warm Up" Your Engine on a Cold Day?

by Ken Jennings

December is a month full of festive observances, but one of the most important often gets overlooked: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month! Between all the holiday merrymaking and the terrible road conditions, it's a pretty good time to think more carefully about our driving. But what if not everything you think you know about the rules of the road is accurate? We have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings behind the wheel all month to set you straight. Buckle up, check your blind spot, and pull away from the curb when it's safe and legal to do so.

The Debunker: Should You "Warm Up" Your Engine on a Cold Day?

In 2009, a study done at Vanderbilt University found that the average American believes that you should idle a car for more than five minutes on a wintry morning. I'm sure we can all picture some grumpy Midwestern dad heading out first thing to start up his car, and then shoveling the walk or finishing breakfast for fifteen minutes while his engine "warms up."

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Wednesday, December 20

The Debunker: Is It Sometimes Safer Not to Wear a Seat Belt?

by Ken Jennings

December is a month full of festive observances, but one of the most important often gets overlooked: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month! Between all the holiday merrymaking and the terrible road conditions, it's a pretty good time to think more carefully about our driving. But what if not everything you think you know about the rules of the road is accurate? We have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings behind the wheel all month to set you straight. Buckle up, check your blind spot, and pull away from the curb when it's safe and legal to do so.

The Debunker: Is It Sometimes Safer Not to Wear a Seat Belt?

Since the United States first required new cars to be fitted with seat belts in 1968, they've become one of the great public safety advancements of our time, saving close to half a million lives in this country alone. Wearing your seat belt is now required in forty-nine of the fifty U.S. states (live free or die, New Hampshire!) but that doesn't always stop the grumbling from drivers and passengers who find them uncomfortable. Sometimes these skeptics will claim, crediting murky law-enforcement statistics or hearsay, that wearing a seat belt is often more dangerous in an accident than not wearing one. For example, what if your car was on fire and your seat belt keeps you from getting to safety?

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Wednesday, December 13

The Debunker: Do UPS Drivers Never Turn Left?

by Ken Jennings

December is a month full of festive observances, but one of the most important often gets overlooked: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month! Between all the holiday merrymaking and the terrible road conditions, it's a pretty good time to think more carefully about our driving. But what if not everything you think you know about the rules of the road is accurate? We have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings behind the wheel all month to set you straight. Buckle up, check your blind spot, and pull away from the curb when it's safe and legal to do so.

The Debunker: Do UPS Drivers Never Turn Left?

Now that you know you're probably turning left wrong it's time to consider the real existential question: should you be turning left at all?

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Wednesday, December 06

The Debunker: Should Your Hands Be at Ten and Two on the Steering Wheel?

by Ken Jennings

December is a month full of festive observances, but one of the most important often gets overlooked: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month! Between all the holiday merrymaking and the terrible road conditions, it's a pretty good time to think more carefully about our driving. But what if not everything you think you know about the rules of the road is accurate? We have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings behind the wheel all month to set you straight. Buckle up, check your blind spot, and pull away from the curb when it's safe and legal to do so.

The Debunker: Should Your Hands Be at Ten and Two on the Steering Wheel?

For decades, driver's ed teachers recommended that students place their hands at the ten o'clock and two o'clock positions, which were assumed to be the gold standard for leverage, comfort and control. But that's not true anymore, due to new research in ergonomics, and new technology in steering wheels.

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