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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The multi-tasking next generation of NW drivers

by Sharlyn Petit
     For those of us with teens in our lives, we know they’re skilled in going all directions at once, with a smartphone grip so unwavering our fingers cramp just thinking about it. Honestly, that’s most adults we know, too.
     Multi-tasking has its drawbacks. A study by Oregon...

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10 glove compartment essentials

by Sharlyn Petit
     Though it’s a frustration – jam with one hand, slam with the other – your car’s glove compartment has just enough space to hold the essentials for getting smoothly from Point A to Point B. While my trunk is a nightmare, I look to my trusty little front-seat cubby for...

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100 days of summer most dangerous for teens

by Sharlyn Petit
     With graduations, summer vacations, and end-of-year celebrations upon us, Memorial Day has kicked off the 100 days that AAA considers to be the deadliest for teen drivers. Historically, teen crash fatalities climb between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
     According to an AAA...

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Idaho deputy assigns homework to speeding teen

by Sharlyn Petit
    
I will not speed. I will not speed. I will not speed. Try writing that on a blackboard 100 times.
     Well, that’s close to the punishment one Idaho deputy gave to a teen he clocked driving 70 mph on a 35 mph residential road. Though the 16-year-old faced a hefty ticket...

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3 features parents want in a self-driving car

by Sharlyn Petit
     It’s hard to say if driverless cars will become commonplace in the coming years, but testing and development rolls on. The companies with the most test cars on the road aren’t the traditional automakers you’d expect – they have roots in the tech capital Silicon Valley (Google...

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Parents monitor teen driving with the twist of a wrist

by Sharlyn Petit
     Big Brother-esque driving apps are popping up left and right. The newest app from Volkswagen builds on its existing Car-Net® feature (known for its one-button access to emergency roadside assistance) to include real-time alerts that sync to a smartphone, or even to the new Apple...

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Kent teen fatally injured in ‘car surfing’ accident

by Sharlyn Petit
     A Kent-Meridian High School senior two months from graduation died following a “car surfing” accident in the school’s parking lot. Lupo Benson, 18, sustained head injuries after jumping on and then falling from the hood of a moving car. He later died at Harborview Medical...

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The rise of the ‘promposal’

by Sharlyn Petit
If you know a teen, chances are you know a ‘promposal’ story, or may even have your own to tell.
     What’s a promposal? It’s the approach one high-schooler takes to ask another to the prom. Just search #promposal on any social media site to get an idea.
     From sweet and simple,...

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