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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 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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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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SATURDAY, AUG. 5, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

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

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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MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

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

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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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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