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THURSDAY, FEB. 8, 2018

MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2018

It's showtime

Each February in Spokane, potential buyers, car buffs and those simply seeking that new car smell are lured to the Spokane County Fair and Expo center. There, they’ll get to view, sit in and drive new vehicles from American and foreign manufacturers. A year of...

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MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

Reasons to drive well

There are many reasons to drive well. If preservation of life is not a sufficient motive, consider costly tickets. If you drive as though the police are watching, you may make fewer errors. There are many things that can attract a law officer’s attention, so...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

Abandon your aggression

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that aggressive driving is still in the growth phase on American roadways. That’s a sad report, due to aggression’s resultant road rage, wrecks and death. Do your part to curb this phenomenon by resisting your own aggression, and...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018

Shedding light on headlights

I’ve often marveled over automotive technology. It’s progressed during the last decade to a point where it is virtually impossible to buy a bad new car or truck. Nevertheless, newer cars I drive have varying and sometimes disappointing headlight performance. Although every new vehicle facing...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 12, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018

Driving resolutions for 2018

Besides our typical New Year’s resolutions like exercising or quitting smoking, let’s all aim to drive better this year too! Since driving is likely the riskiest behavior we undertake that we have the most control over, doesn’t it make sense to do our best? Some...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 2, 2018

A hidden cost of AWD

All-wheel-drive vehicles offer drivers enhanced balance, stability, traction and handling. With the grip of four driving wheels, these vehicles can more easily climb snow-packed hills and effectively plow through the bumper-deep drifts. But there is no free lunch. The all-wheel-drive option costs extra, is less...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017

TUESDAY, DEC. 26, 2017

The engine braking effect

When the roads get slick, a vehicle’s drive system — front, rear, all or four — affects handling. For example, an email from reader GC reminds drivers of the engine braking effect of a front-wheel drive system, warning, “I really enjoy your column but would...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 23, 2017

TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2017

Avoid the holiday crash

While trying to beat, deal with or avoid the “holiday rush,” we must also strive to avoid the holiday crash. I believe that most “accidents” are preventable mishaps — especially if drivers identify and avoid the common causes. The majority of crashes are a result...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 16, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

Defending the facts

After a column about studded tires, I received many email responses supporting their non-use. D.M. wished, “I would like your article to at least get more people to go from studs to quality winter tires.” J.C. reflected, “…in all the years of my driving I...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 4, 2017

Bike lane behavior

Drivers now notice ever-emerging stripes and symbols designating bicycle lanes adjacent to vehicular lanes. Though those markings may soon be snow-covered, readers have questions about operating automobiles amid them. Bike lane proliferation is generally a good thing, with a goal of improving safety for bicyclists...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2017

Get a grip

Winter tire choice still includes the option of studded versions. I dread debating the topic, but there are at least three inarguable facts about studded tires: They increase road wear. Any slight advantage is only on rare glare ice conditions. Their grip is inferior to...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 26, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017

More on parking lots

My column about parking lot escapades struck a nerve with readers. The behavior of drivers in these automotive arenas has made lasting impressions on many participants. Reader L.M. remarked that my description of careless parking lot escapades certainly “rang true” with her. And she further...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

Left and right, right and wrong

I thought most drivers now realized that driving continuously in the left-hand lane of a multi-lane roadway without justification is illegal. Unfortunately, driver behavior observed on a recent road trip offered doubt to that supposition. I encountered drivers in many states gleefully occupying the passing...

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