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Six tips for driving on icy roads

Recently we've shared winter driving advice. Now, with many Northwest roads snow-free but icy, we offer these specific tips. The overarching theme: do everything slowly and gently.
     Studs grip ice, even if they're hard on pavement. It's true that studded tires take their toll on Northwest roads,... read more →
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Five tips for frost-free vision in winter driving

With freezing weather gripping the Northwest this week, drivers should know that scraping a narrow peephole on an icy windshield is not enough – not enough for safety, and not enough to avoid a ticket.
     In a 2013 PEMCO Poll, we learned that one in five local drivers don’t always finish scraping...

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Sleep seven hours, or crash twice as often

How much sleep do you get on a work night? A new report suggests that shorter sleep equates with more car crashes.
     So how much sleep do you need? An AAA researcher says seven or more hours. Drivers in the study who slept only five or six hours are twice as likely to crash as longer sleepers.
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Idaho high schoolers vie for best safe-driving message

If teens don’t always listen to their parents, maybe they’ll listen to other teens.

High school students across Idaho were invited to create their own videos or memes to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving.

The goal? To raise awareness of the three main types of distracted driving:

  • Manual: Taki...
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With snow forecast, polish your winter driving skills

Winter wipeout season is underway in the mountains.
     Not skiers tumbling down slopes. I mean wipeouts on I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass, where snow and ice caused several collisions and spinouts Wednesday night involving cars and semitrucks.
     The State Patrol and the Washington State Department of...

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Chimneysweep finds more than just creosote trouble

Did you know? Homeowners should have their chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly, and not just to prevent creosote fires.
     Yesterday I found out my chimney leaks rainwater that drips into the fireplace far below, requiring repairs. More on that in a minute.
     If you’re like me and burn wood... read more →
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Electric cars now have range to go with spunk

Driving on the freeway last week, a car descended the on-ramp to my right, so I accelerated to make room behind me. It was a slower car, or so I thought.
     Instead it shot forward and squeezed onto the road in front of me. Surprising – not because the guy drove so aggressively, but because he... read more →
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Oh, you won't eat 4,500 calories today? Think again

Dietitians tell us most people should eat between 1,600 and 2,800 calories daily. But will that hold true today, on Thanksgiving?
     Several news sources say the average American eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day. That seems really high, so I tallied the calories I expect I’ll eat for today’s...

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I-5 bottleneck worsens, but relief due ... in 2021

If you commute on Interstate 5 through the Fife corridor, you already know what the state's new Congestion Report reveals: traffic there is jammed more than ever.
     Aside from a growing population and economy that put more vehicles on the road, much of that gridlock stems from major construction...

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Do good fences make good neighbors? Heck, who even owns the fence?

Turns out, Northwesterners are eager to claim ownership of the fence that surrounds their property. But responsibility for fixing it? Well, not so much, according to the latest PEMCO Poll.

Among people we asked, about half said they own the longest stretch of fence dividing their land from their...

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