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June 27, 2017
How Do Flex Lanes Work?

Flex lanes, also known as reversible lanes, can help ease traffic congestion during peak commuter times. But flex lanes can also confuse drivers who are unaccustomed to them. This video explains how they work. Video courtesy of the Utah Department of Transportation. 


<p><em>Photo of retail marijuana courtesy of HLDI.</em></p> Legal Marijuana Tied to Crash Increase

Three states that have legalized recreational cannabis see a 3% overall increase in collision claim frequencies, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.



<p><em>Photo courtesy of AAA.</em></p> Safety Tip: Battling Sun Glare

AAA Exchange offers advice on what measures drivers can take to counter sun glare and see the road more clearly.


<p><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Jeff Boyer</em></p> GM Resolves NHTSA Oversight

The automaker completes a three-year consent order that settled claims related to the timeliness of GM’s ignition switch recalls.


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Road Rage on a Calif. Freeway

After a sedan cuts off a motorcycle on a Los Angeles area freeway, the motorcyclist decides to retaliate by kicking the side of the car. The resulting road rage incident, which took place June 21, was captured on cellphone video. For tips on dealing with aggressive drivers, click hereVideo courtesy of KTLA.


<p><em>During the fatal crash, the roof of the Tesla Model S was sheared off. Photo courtesy of NTSB.</em></p> Driver in Tesla Autopilot Crash Ignored Vehicle Warnings

Newly released NTSB reports reveal more details about the May 2016 fatal collision that involved a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode and a tractor-trailer truck in Florida.



Takata Files for Bankruptcy

Scandal-plagued automotive supplier Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in the wake of the largest recall in U.S. history. So what comes next? Video courtesy of Bloomberg.


Chevrolet Bolt EV Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The all-electric car excels in crashworthiness evaluations by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.



<p><em>Photo of A7 concept vehicle with piloted driving.</em></p> Audi Begins Testing Automated A7 in New York

Audi began testing its semi-autonomous A7 equipped with a piloted driving mode in Albany, New York, shortly after receiving permission as the first automaker licensed to test autonomous vehicles in the state.


<p><em>Photo of CDOT State Farm Safety Patrol vehicle courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation.</em></p> Colo. Draws Corporate Sponsor for Safety Patrol

The CDOT State Farm Safety Patrol is now assisting stranded motorists and offering free, limited roadside assistance.


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