Another ‘typical’ teen crash in the news

by Sharlyn Petit
    
Driver error. Single vehicle. Night driving. Those characteristics are time and time again the most common factors in teen driver crashes.
     Last week, a 16-year-old Vancouver teen was hospitalized after striking a pole along Interstate 205 in Clark County. According the...

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Tools to help parents prep teens for the road

by Sharlyn Petit
    
If you haven’t already been through this teen stage, be warned. Coming soon: it’s the nagging, begging, relentless teen driver determined to log practice hours so he or she will be one step closer to holding a license. Please, can I drive? How else will I learn? Just one more...

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‘100 Deadliest Days’ hitting Idaho roads

by Sharlyn Petit
     The “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day areunfortunately proving to be true for Idaho roads this summer. Now, the Idaho State Patrol is urging drivers to avoid distractions and pay attention to the road following a series of recent crashes.
     From Memorial...

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Teen deaths inspire driving safety program

by Sharlyn Petit
    
Following a tragic year of teen crashes for Oregon City and West Linn high schools, communities are coming together to raise awareness of the consequences of distracted and impaired driving.
     Created in memory of the five teens who lost their lives this past year, parents...

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Seattle schools examine new start, stop times

by Sharlyn Petit
     Today, most Seattle high schools and middle schools start at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m. Elementary schools start between 8:40 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and end between 2:50 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. That means sleep-deprived teens are dragging themselves out of bed and onto our roadways...

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Teen driver hits 200-pound black bear in Idaho

by Sharlyn Petit
     In the Northwest, we’re conditioned to stay alert at each deer-crossing sign we see. Our friends or relatives likely have a close-call collision story or two to tell.
     But what happens during an 80-mph run-in with a 200-pound black bear?
     Last week, one 16-year old found...

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Proposed bill lets teen truckers roam free

by Sharlyn Petit
    
While most parents are busy gaining enough confidence to let their teens have their own set of car keys, Congress is moving to lower the age from 21 to 18 for driving commercial trucks across state lines.
     A current shortage of truck drivers, enriched commerce, and an...

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Adding a new teen driver? Expect an 80% increase or more in the NW

by Sharlyn Petit
     By now we know that insuring a newly licensed teen is expensive. But just how much of an increase will Northwest parents see this year?
     A recent study by InsuranceQuotes.com says adding a driver ages 16 – 19 to your existing policy can increase your premium by an average...

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Three first-car buying tips I learned from dad

by Sharlyn Petit

On the topic of buying cars, my family believes we have a certain gene that compels us to trade in, trade up, or just always be looking for a better ride.

Now that I’m older and living in the city, I’ve tried hard to fight this gene. One-car household. Walks to the grocery store....

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Two reasons NW is best for summer travel

by Sharlyn Petit
     It seems that ‘June Gloom’ skipped a year.
     I keep catching myself saying things like, “My summer’s been busy so far,” and, “What great summer weather we’re having!” That’s what happens when Northwest May-June weather patterns give us the most spectacular long days and...

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