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MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 2017

Parking lot escapades

Why must parking lots often become free-for-alls? We could reduce parking lot angst with more courtesy and a loose application of road rules, but that is wishful thinking. Since most lots are private property, the only citations that can purportedly be issued to scofflaws thereon...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 5, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2017

Anticipation is a good thing

No driver has a crystal ball to predict traffic dangers. But fortunately, we do have the mental capacity to store driving experiences. Using this ability, we can anticipate what may happen in certain situations based on what we’ve witnessed before. One might say this helps...

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Be winter-ready

Soon, we will experience additional driving challenges. With winter’s rain, fog, frost, snow and additional hours of darkness, we must prepare for safe vehicle operation. Don’t drive “over your head.” If weather and road conditions deteriorate beyond your comfort zone, don’t drive. It’s actually advisable...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

Daylight wanes for drivers

As leaf colors change, available hours of daylight diminish. This annual waning begins naturally about now and accelerates when we discard daylight savings time just after Halloween. As winter wears on, hours of darkness predominate. This yearly phenomenon is relative to driving because we encounter...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 9, 2017

Debating bus belts

Children today are protected by rearward-facing seats, boosters and belts when they ride in vehicles beginning with their first ride home from the hospital. Given this indoctrination to safety, kids must perceive a mixed message when they find no belts on their school bus. The...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2017

Avoid controlling others

Attempting to control or correct the behavior of other drivers is generally pointless and may even lead to road rage. Try to take appropriate action to accommodate their driving shortcomings, but otherwise avoid engagement. For example, when someone makes a right turn across the nose...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

It's not a free-for-all

When negotiating a four-way stop, driver behavior is not supposed to be a free-for-all. These intersections are not designed to be games of will, patience, aggression, or timidity either — but they often are. Such vehicular “crosshairs” may even become points of indecision or anger....

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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