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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018

More than a mechanic

As I read of ever-evolving auto technology, including mechanical, electronic and computer advancements, I think of the individuals who diagnose, repair and service those systems. The simple term “mechanic” does not adequately label these people. Today’s auto technicians, or “techs” for short, must learn and...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018

The details of driving matter

There are numerous benchmarks indicating achievement in driving proficiency. Avoiding crashes is one such mark and avoiding traffic tickets is another. But meeting those basic goals does not necessarily mean that you are driving perfectly. Some accident-free drivers may have straight fenders, but are only...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

Wildlife in the roadway

I recently wrote about the rapid emergence of pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles occurring every spring. Along with that phenomenon, activity levels of deer, elk and other roaming animals rise with the warmer weather. I truly believe that instead of posting occasional “watch for deer” signs...

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018

The flashing yellow arrow

Flashing yellow arrows began appearing at certain intersections a few years ago. Initially, I was uncertain of their intent. Did it simply mean, as a typical yellow light indicates, that a red-light indication was imminent? If so, it might induce drivers to rush through that...

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

70-degree pedestrian bloom

The first 70-degree days of 2018 occurred here last week. Sadly, it also marked a pedestrian death by way of automobile. The two events are somewhat related, with days warmer days putting people in peril as more of them venture out among motor vehicles. Worse,...

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

U turns, squeaks and rollaways

U turn anxiety is a common driver affliction, as typified by a question from reader H.A. He observed and wondered, “I was researching because I see often drivers traveling west on the NE 124th Street in Redmond stopping and making an U turn [across double-yellow...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018


SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

Correction and comments

A correction is needed for the March 30th column, “Errors as learning tools.” The title was apropos, since I made an error in the column’s text, and I have learned to proofread more carefully as a result. When referring to a “free” left turn upon...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018

A stream of auto innovation

The automobile innovation stream has flowed generously for over 100 years. It has supplied a variety of new vehicle features — many becoming new standards — some surprisingly simple. Of all the doodads offered over the years, whether simple or complex, consumer acceptance determines whether...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018

Coping with roadwork

Nobody looks forward to seeing “Road Work Ahead” signs while driving. Those warnings foreshadow miles of detours, single lanes, and lowered speed limits. But even though we dislike the slowdowns that accompany them, those warning signs also represent good things in our collective future: better...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018

Finally 50

I am so thankful for the annual arrival of the spring equinox. My apologies to those who love winter, but I am markedly gratified when we experience the first 50-degree-plus temperatures accompanying the advent of spring, leaving the snow and ice behind. The satisfaction of...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018

Errors as learning tools

During driving, driving errors occur. Please tolerate other’s mistakes, but don’t tolerate your own. If you are lucky enough to live through their mistakes, you should learn from them. If another driver commits an infraction of driving’s formal rules or informal etiquette, give them consideration,...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

It’s not enough for Mazda that its cars are comfortable, safe and stylish. Each model must also carry strands of the DNA that animates the MX-5 Miata sports car. (Mazda)

Mazda's CX-5 promises engagement — and delivers

Is it plagiarism if I quote myself? Hope not since I’ve borrowed, with obvious modifications, the next three paragraphs from my recent take on Mazda’s midsize CX-9 crossover. The CX-9 CX-5 isn’t the quickest, the roomiest or the most powerful of the three-row compact crossovers....

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SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018

Time issues

Many of our driving frustrations involve time and our real or perceived lack of it. When drivers express displeasure with others’ driving behavior, it’s often because they are unfairly, illegally, or unnecessarily detaining us. Whether the irritation stems from slow vehicles detaining long strings of...

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