Safe teen driving advocates fight back against Apple ad

by Sharlyn Petit
   The National Safety Council, survivor advocates, and highway safety organizations took the lead in filing a complaint to Apple CEO Tim Cook about a dangerous in-store ad.
   The photo displayed in Apple stores depicts a car full of teens clearly distracted by music and each...

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3 tips to survive driving lessons with your parents

by Sharlyn Petit
It goes hand in hand with those awkward teenage years – teaching your 15-year old how to drive. Or, for teens, surviving mom or dad’s stress-filled driving lessons.
   As it turns out, parents shine when teaching maneuvering basics like steering, parking, and controlling a car.
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Teen entrepreneurs invent smart steering wheel cover

By Sharlyn Petit
   Teen drivers are facing more distractions than ever these days. Along with cell phone use, dozens of other distractions take a driver’s focus away from the road and hands off of the wheel.
   A trio of young entrepreneurs has set out to help teens become better drivers with their...

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Five ways to handle foggy, frosty windows

by Sharlyn Petit
   Bellevue Police say that icy windows and failure to look to the right contributed to a teen driver’s collision that killed a 77-year old Seattle woman in December. The woman was first hit by the 18-year old driver, and then possibly struck by a second vehicle.
   Police determined...

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Study says buy your teen a big new car

by Sharlyn Petit
   Teens everywhere can start celebrating. A recent study by researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety encourages parents to buy their young drivers a new car. Or, at least one that’s no more than 10 years old.
   The study looked at teen driving deaths in data...

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Backseat driver contributes to fatal Canada crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   A teen passenger of a stolen truck in Saskatoon, Sask., says she encouraged the driver to ignore a stop sign as they were chased by police. The truck crashed into a car and killed the driver and a passenger, both 17. A third teen in the car was seriously injured.
   The driver of...

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New car on your teen’s wish list? Put a bow on these gifts instead

by Sharlyn Petit

You can’t blame them for trying. You probably remember when you were newly licensed and ready to drive a sparkling set of wheels to call your own.
   Maybe your teen is sending you hints or laying the guilt on thick with stories of so-and-so’s parents surprising Danny with a...

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Unplug! 5 tips for a technology-free family road trip

by Sharlyn Petit
Destination decided. Family loaded into the car. You’re not even backed out of the driveway yet, and all passengers are plugged into their devices, e-reading, tweeting, status updating, and leaving the poor driver bored and a little lonely. Sound familiar? 
   While you...

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Rainy day safety tips for first time drivers

by Sharlyn Petit
As a Northwest teen, you’ve grown up wallowing in the region’s endless rain showers. Surely by now, you’ve had the chance to put in some practice hours, or put your new license to the test, on our wet and puddle-prone roads.
   Even if our “most rainy days” reputation is often debunke...

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Oregon, Washington rank among best for teen drivers

by Sharlyn Petit
Every now and then, critics compare our 50 states in an all-out-who’s-best ranking battle. Such as, which are the healthiest, happiest, or most educated? Others judge the best spot to retire or sip the best beer.
   The Northwest ranks high on a list that offers a little comfort to...

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