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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017

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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MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

Mon., June 5, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Signal your intentions

Failure to indicate one’s turning intentions via use of turn signals is a perpetual driver grievance. But it isn’t just non-use that’s an issue. Absent mindedly leaving them on is also unsafe, and rules of the road even specify certain improper use that is illegal....

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MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

Mon., May 29, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Trucks for the memories

My column of May 13th explored America’s love affair with trucks, a condition made evident by the top sales spot held by pickups. I suggested the motivation for truck ownership goes beyond utility, including undetermined factors. Whatever intangible cues may be in play, their mix...

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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

Seeing the light

Whether that yellow-orange light reads, “CHECK ENGINE,” or depicts a side-view image of an engine block, when it’s illuminated on your instrument panel, take note. The warning means your vehicle’s on-board computer has detected a fault in one of many engine control systems. That fault...

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SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

Mon., May 15, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

Our love of trucks

Why drive a truck when you can drive a car? I’ve often pondered that query, especially since a pickup, the Ford F150, is America’s top selling vehicle. In fact, it’s been the best seller of all vehicles for over 30 years. Given the available vehicle...

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SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

Score your drives

Good drivers constantly look for ways to assess and improve their driving. Lack of citations and crashes are noteworthy standards to seek, but one entity has identified a few other behaviors to monitor. The entity is EverDrive, a company offering a smartphone app that evaluates...

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SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017

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