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Danica Patrick's NASCAR Daytona 500 Dreams Are Wrecked As Her Car Smashes Into Wall During 13-Car Pile Up!

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Wow! We're so glad no one was seriously injured because that looks like one heck of a wreck!

Danica Patrick was leading the pack at one point, almost tasting how close victory could have been at NASCAR's Daytona 500, when things suddenly spun out of control. Literally.

During lap 146 of the 500 lap race, Kevin Harvick in car 4 bumped into Brian Scott in car 33. After that, the dominoes began falling and cars started smashing.

After a few collisions, Aric Almirola in car 43 shot across the track and slammed into Danica, which made her lose control.

It sent her slamming into the wall pretty hard and through her incredible driving skills she was able to keep her car from spinning out.

She eventually got her destroyed vehicle to the inside of the track, out of the way of the other drivers.

Things looked pretty darn bad, watching the cars from far away… but from inside the car?

Danica really gets knocked around good, she's lucky she didn't get seriously injured. The in-car footage is pretty brutal!

Check out the video (above) and you'll see how lucky Danica is to be uninjured.

P.s. - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. went on to win the race, in case you were wondering.

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Toyota Tests Cars That Can Talk To Each Other

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Toyota is testing a new car safety system that will allow their vehicles to talk to each other and with the roads they drive on!

They're testing the new vehicles at the Intelligent Transport System site where cars get info from sensors in the road and the other cars.

It's meant to help motorists avoid running red lights, cars merging into their blind spot, and to alert them of crossing pedestrians and much more!

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Chrysler Recalls 919,000 SUVs!

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Chrysler is recalling over 919,000 older-model Jeeps all over the world.

The issue? The air bags could possibly inflate while people are driving!

There's a part that can fail in the air bag control computer which can lead to the front and side air bags inflating while the SUV is driving.

This has happened 215 times already!

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Volvo Launches Pedestrian Airbags!

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People INSIDE the cars aren't the only worry anymore for Volvo!

The clever car makers are launching their new airbag system that actually protects pedestrians if they're struck by the vehicle!

The new system is available in the 2013 V40 model, and if you look at the pic (above), you'll see that it's under the hood. It will inflate in a few hundredths of a second to cover around a third of the windshield.

It's only launched at speeds between 12 to 31 mph.

Unfortunately there are unavoidable situations where this would need to deploy, but we'd much rather people drive cautiously than to ever need to rely on this!

The system's seven sensors are located at the front of the vehicle. They can actually detect legs — and if they detect them, everything launches automatically!

Science!

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Driving High DOUBLES Risk Of Collision

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We all know not to drink and drive, but smoking and driving isn't any safer either!

This should be a no brainer, but a study published in the British Medical Journal found that marijuana nearly doubles the risk of car crashes!

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse says that marijuana is the most common illegal drug detected among impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers and crash victims.

So sad some people STILL think it's okay to drive impaired under the influence of ANY drug. While alcohol has shown to impair drivers' speed and reaction time, cannabis affects spatial location, so high drivers may follow cars to closely because of their inability to properly judge distance.

What's worse is that researcher Mark Asbridge noted "people under the influence of cannabis often deny feeling impaired in any way." He continued to explain:

"There clearly is a lot of misconception about the extent to which cannabis impairs performance. People just don't believe it."

Well, believe it people! After all, the reason people like smoking it so much is because it impairs them! DUH!

While pot may not harm your lungs to the extent cigarettes do, it WILL increase your chances for hurting yourself and somebody else in a car accident! PLEASE, do NOT drive high!

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