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Sleep-deprived drivers have plenty in common with drunk drivers

Drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive.

Gov’t wants phone makers to lock out most apps for drivers

The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.

The 5 best times to buy a new car

That chill in the air signals not only the onset of autumn but also cooling auto sales. For bargain hunters, this could be a great time to get a good …

Sent to bad driver’s school: One Spokane writer learns her lessons

Rachel Toor is a Spokane writer and teacher at Eastern Washington University. She’s an admitted bad driver, and found she had a lot to learn at what she calls Bad …

North Idaho police use school bus to catch texting drivers

A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations.

New, longer Washington driver’s-license exam tackles pot, cellphones

It’s about to get tougher to earn a driver’s license in Washington state. Officials at the state licensing department this month are rolling out a longer written test – 40 …

Jeep hackers back at Black Hat with new and scarier method

In front of a packed lecture hall at the Black Hat hacker conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated how they could take control of …

Ford recalls 830K vehicles to fix faulty door latches

Ford is recalling about 830,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Mexico because parts in the side door latches can break and the doors can open while the vehicles are moving.

Washington to introduce harder driving tests in August

Getting a driver’s license in Washington state is set to get a little more challenging next month when new written tests are introduced.

Consumer Reports says Tesla should drop Autopilot name

DETROIT – Consumer Reports magazine is calling on electric car maker Tesla Motors to change the name of its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and to disconnect the automatic steering feature …

Boy dies, baby seriously injured in head-on crash in Grant County

An 11-year-old boy was killed and a 1-year-old boy seriously injured in a head-on car crash Wednesday afternoon near Royal City, the Granty County Sheriff’s Office reported. Josue L. Amenta …

Driver had a monkey on his back even before he got arrested

A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists.

Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.

Americans drive 3.1 trillion miles in 2015, a record

The government says driving in the U.S. hit a new record in 2015 of 3.1 trillion miles.

Families of teens killed in ‘Ponderosa Jump’ crash file lawsuit

The families of two teenage girls who died in a reckless driving accident in Spokane Valley in 2013 have filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by the driver and public officials.

Don’t wait too long to plan your ‘driving retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable.

Charging station on I-90 brings Spokane into Tesla universe

Going for a ride in a Tesla Model S is like taking off in a jet plane, only without the noise. “You touch that accelerator, it’s all go,” said Tom …

Texting while driving common but hard to catch

Texting may be one of the most dangerous and common distractions to drivers, but local law enforcement officials say it’s also one of the most difficult laws to enforce. A …

Kettle Falls man injured in car accident

A Kettle Falls man was injured just after midnight Thursday when he lost control and rolled the car he was driving north of Kettle Falls.

We could call it the running of the Bloomies

A mob of tourists has once again descended on the Spanish city of Pamplona. They have come to watch several thousand drunken halfwits attempt to outrun a half-dozen angry 1,300-pound …

Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers

WASHINGTON — Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous …

FDA requires lower doses for sleep medications

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a …

Clark: Traveling north/south freeway a religious experience

Like any brand-new religious convert, I can’t shut up about how damned enlightened I’ve become as opposed to you – the unwashed jerks who don’t know jack ($#!^). So bear …

Government survey: 2 in 10 drivers are texting

Nearly 2 out of every 10 drivers and half of drivers ages 21 to 24 say they are texting behind the wheel, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

Many drivers talked way to tickets in first year of cellphone ban

A few try to hide it with their hands. Others may drop it in their lap to avoid detection. But some drivers don’t even bother – their cellphones stay clearly …

Editorial: Texting bill misses root of problem: cell phones

Last year, the Idaho Legislature was on the verge of passing a broadly supported bill that would ban texting while driving, but infighting and parliamentary maneuvering distracted them from reaching …

More girls risky drivers

CHICAGO – Molly Sutton finds it challenging to ignore a text message when she’s driving. The 18-year-old high school senior said it’s hard to wait until the next stoplight. “I …

mixed messages

Fiddling with your iPhone behind the wheel can get you fined across much of the nation. But many states are more than happy to tweet you with up-to-the-minute directions on …

Stefanie Pettit: Beauty is in the eye of the I-90 motorist

I’ve been driving back and forth across the state a lot recently, and I realize I’ve really had a change of heart about the view along Interstate 90. It would …

Report ranks Spokane drivers No. 1 in state

Complicated weather, uncomplicated intersections and wider, more open thoroughfares all help make Spokane’s drivers the best in Washington. Allstate Insurance’s fifth “America’s Best Drivers Report,” released Wednesday, concludes that the …