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MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017

Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

When children are present

We regularly see signs posted near school zones imposing a speed limit of 20 mph “when children are present.” It sounds fairly straightforward, but the signs leave some drivers confused and wondering, for example, if the limit applies only during school hours or at all...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 17, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2017

Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Non-verbal communication

As owner-drivers, we expect faithful service from our automobiles whenever we start their engines. For the most part, they dutifully fulfill those expectations, supplying convenience, dependability, and safety. What do we offer in return? Too often, drivers take a use-and-abuse approach to vehicle operation, while...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2017

Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 11:41 a.m.

Trailer towing notes

We see vehicles towing trailers during every driving outing. Passenger vehicles operating “in tandem” have things affixed to their rears ranging from small utility trailers to lengthy homes on wheels and everything else in between. Many of these towables are infrequently used, sometimes resulting in...

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MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2017

Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Find reasons to be attentive

I’ve heard much talk about the new distracted driving rules in Washington. Sadly, much of that talk reflects an unwelcome attitude to the revised law. Many complain that the new list of distractions labeled “secondary offenses” is merely a step toward allowing law officers to...

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MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2017

Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 8 a.m.

Another EV plea

I wrote of EV (Electric Vehicle) acceptance a few weeks back, noting some signs of progress. But despite advancements, consumers are still wary of EV range, power, recharging, battery cost, et cetera. With over 95% of American auto sales non-electric, it might seem like buyers...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 2017

MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 9:56 a.m.

Texting bans expand

I’ve read of pedestrian accidents caused by texting while walking. The reports range from people who bump into sign or light poles to those who lose their lives crossing paths with automobiles. In fact, there was a ten percent spike in pedestrian fatalities during the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2017

Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 9:33 a.m.

New DUIE ticket

The state of Washington’s legislative body just made it possible for drivers to be ticketed for DUIE — Driving Under the Influence of Electronics. In a move to give its campaign against driving distracted more teeth, provisions of the new law went into effect at...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 5, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

Mon., July 31, 2017, 9:01 a.m.

Automotive technology rolls on

Advances in auto technology reflect welcome improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. Other than only exception I can think of, the short-lived seat belt interlock system of 1974, technological improvements have made automobiles safer, longer lasting and more convenient to operate with each...

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MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:58 a.m.

Driving topic medley

The questions and comments readers send me regularly accumulate. Following are a few thoughts on some of the current buildup. Reader M.B. recently relayed one of her her driving annoyances, writing, “Drivers that make turns over double yellow lines. I don’t mind when there is...

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SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

Mon., July 17, 2017, 8:54 a.m.

Emphasis patrols

I regularly hear drivers complain that law enforcement is too lax in observing and citing certain violations. Improper turns, speeding, following too closely, or domination of the left lane are errors that we all see all too often. But rather than resulting from lack of...

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SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017

Mon., July 10, 2017, 10:53 a.m.

Summer safety

Statistics reflect increased traffic deaths during the summer months. The heightened peril applies to all drivers, but especially those in their teens. For those drivers, crashes typically jump nearly 20 percent over the norm during June, July and August. One factor driving the spike is...

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Mon., July 10, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

EV acceptance progressing

Automobiles powered with electricity have “sparked” interest since the middle of the 19th century. There were quite a few practical models appearing by the end of the 1800s, including a fleet of taxis roaming the streets of London in 1897 and operating in New York...

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SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017

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MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Mon., June 26, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

Grim reminder

The good news is that the economy is on an upswing. The accompanying bad news is that the chance of dying in a vehicle crash has gone up bit as a result. While improved vehicle design and safety technology has increased chances of surviving an...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

Wed., June 21, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Even small peeves matter

We all see driving behaviors that appear unnecessary, unsafe or downright illegal. Repeated sightings of these acts cause them to be labeled “pet peeves.” I’ve often written of mine, and reader R.S. has some of his own. The first gripe R.S. relayed to me is...

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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Mon., June 12, 2017, 9:49 a.m.

Back to basics

Certain basic driving behaviors most affect our safety. A periodic assessment of how well you know and practice these behaviors is a worthy endeavor. Always be aware of the speed limit and operate your vehicle near or at the posted speed. Differential of speed among...

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