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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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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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Big Spokane windstorm hit one year ago today

On this date in 2015, a brutal windstorm ravaged the Inland Northwest. Winds gusted to 71 mph, downing power lines and plunging more than 250,000 homes into darkness for days.
     The National Weather Service has since determined that a storm of that intensity hits just once every 20 to 30 years.
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Studs legal, but are they the right choice?

Snow in the mountain passes and predictions of a snowy winter have Northwest motorists thinking about winter driving.
     Specifically, how will we – especially west-side lowlanders – deal with snow-covered roadways?
     Despite legislative efforts to ban studded tires, they remain legal in...

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Mountain snow means it's time for late-fall chores

Snow is forecast to hit the Cascade passes tonight in Oregon and Washington. That means no more putting off those final late-autumn chores.
     The National Weather Service says freezing levels will drop to 2,500 feet in Washington, then fluctuate as heavier snowfall hits this weekend. Oregon's...
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