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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017

Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

Dashcam consideratiions

Driver use of dashcams (dashboard cameras) is rising worldwide, including popularity gains in the United States. They were first widely employed in Russia as a defense against police corruption and insurance fraud. Mounted via suction cup, adhesive or Velcro to the dashboard or windshield, they...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

Since we lasted tested the three-row CX-9, two things happened; winter arrived and Car and Driver magazine named it the country’s best midsize crossover.
 (Mazda)

Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 11:54 a.m.

Don Adair: Mazda CX-9 faces down winter’s worst

Bad weather in the mountains forced a schedule change, bringing us a Mazda CX-9 for review and not the Genesis G90 we’d expected. The Seattle vendor that delivers our test vehicles thought better of driving a 420-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan over snow-hammered Snoqualmie Pass. It...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Do cars still matter?

Yesterday, I conducted an informal survey, noting the vehicles that were passing through my residential neighborhood for about 20 minutes. The traffic consisted of fathers, mothers and others who were picking up picking up kids from school. Maybe the survey results are skewed with this...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

Mixed bag of EV predictions

Last year, I wrote about a recent EV (electric vehicle) development resurgence. After the first wave of marginally successful EV marketing, Google, Apple, General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Nissan, Toyota, Tesla and others are at it again. Limited range, high cost and difficulty finding...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

The Forte is well-equipped in its base trim and can be ordered with a variety upscale options — including several life-saving driver-assist features — without breaking the bank (Kia)

Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

Don Adair: Kia Forte thrives in the compact sedan segment

Who can argue with the crossover’s growing popularity? Crossovers are roomy, utilitarian and, with the easy availability of all-wheel-drive, enormously practical in snowy climes. In our rush to crossovers, though, let’s not forget the humble four-door sedan. Sedans are more affordable than crossovers, they’re more...

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Driver distraction persists

I’ve written columns devoted to driver distraction many times over the course of a decade or so. And writing about it can evidently only raise awareness, since it has remained rampant despite reporting by me and countless others. While drivers have always been distracted by...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017

Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 10:52 a.m.

What self-driving cars won't do

I pondered erratic driver behavior during a recent drive on a two-lane Washington highway. It could have been in any state or on any highway, since certain ill-advised, unexplained driver actions seem to surface everywhere. The crazy act I endured for over ten miles was...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2017

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MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

More readers weigh in

I received much communication in response to my column making a plea for additional lanes on US Highway 195. One of those emails came from M.D. who drives 195 every day. But instead of the section south of Spangle, he drives the northerly four-lane stretch...

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 1:18 p.m.

Winter driving considerations

Hopefully, we’ve honed our winter driving skills during the December appearance of snow-covered roads. The basics of slowing according to conditions, effecting gentle input to steering, throttle and brakes, and leaving extra space around your vehicle should be habit by now. But there are other...

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 8:57 a.m.

Dubious road to autonomy

The availability of self-driving cars is imminent, but the route leading to them is still somewhat dubious. Much of the confusion stems from the current approach by automakers. Given corporate competition and secrecy, each manufacturer is on a different page as to the how, what,...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

Fans of full-time headlights 

My column, “Seeing the light,” elicited many responses, answering my query of where readers stand on full-time vehicle lighting. The column was meant to open debate on the merits or faults of daytime headlight use. But while nearly 20 drivers responded, the debate was non-existent,...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016

Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 10:41 a.m.

195: A four-lane plea

I think we’ve all heard of frequent fatalities occurring on U S Highway 195, which is better known around here as the Pullman Highway. There are serious mishaps on just about every bit of that 95-mile stretch of mainly two-lane roadway on a regular basis....

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SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 10:50 a.m.

Motoring miscellany

I always appreciate reader input. The comments and questions you send provide a real-world glimpse of items on drivers’ minds. Here’s a sample of those communications. A common query came in from L.H., who wrote, “What is the passing rule for passing a school bus...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016

Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 11:05 a.m.

Seeing the light

After returning to standard time, there’s an earlier advent of evening darkness. As we adjust our biological clocks to our physical ones, the reality is that it now gets dark an hour earlier than it did during daylight savings time. Judging by their behavior at...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016

Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 11:44 a.m.

Curbing road rage

Perpetually, news reports remind us that road rage is an impetus for collisions, fights and even death. Stress can escalate during the holiday season; don’t exacerbate it with road rage. Remember, other drivers may be as angry with you as you are with them. The...

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