Sneezing causes WHAT?

By Eliana Schauffer
Summer intern

If you’ve been suffering from allergies, maybe it’s time to step away from the wheel.
   According to a Netherlands study, the effects of severe allergies equate to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .03, nearly 50% of the legal limit.  After all, it’s hard to...

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NW states among best for teen drivers

NBC News reported recently on the best and worst states for teen drivers, noting WalletHub's findings on key metrics like cost of car repairs, impaired-driving laws, and teen-driver fatalities.
   Northwest states ranged from Oregon, ranked No. 4, to Washington at No. 9 and Idaho at No. 37. The...

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Finally, a list of safe, affordable teen cars

Last summer, the PEMCO Poll revealed that 50% of the cars driven by newly licensed Northwest teens were on average eight or nine years old – troubling, because older cars often lack important safety features needed to keep inexperienced drivers safe.
   Now the nonprofit Insurance Institute for...

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Learning to drive in the mountains

By Ben Corwin
Summer intern

In high school, I didn’t really want or need a car in Seattle. I rode my bike or ran to school every day, and my family never used the car except for long trips, hiking excursions, and big grocery store runs.
   But as a skier, hiker, and climber, I wanted to drive...

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Oh, deer – should parents of teens fret this summer?

By Sterling Smith
Summer intern

Are you about to be the parent of a teen driver? If so, you can worry a little less about this big moment in your teen’s life.

   A new study shows that both Washington and Oregon rank in the 10 best states for teen drivers. You can see the complete list in this USA To...

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Don't drink water and drive

By Eliana Schauffer
Summer intern

Driving is for the multi-talented. Whether you’re 16 and just getting onto the road for the first time, or 50, with several years of experience under your belt, it’s important that you focus your full attention on operating your vehicle.
   It's no easy feat to juggl...

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Driving pointers from a PEMCO intern

By Samantha Ghosn
Summer intern

As a new driver, it’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing the same lessons over and over again from whoever might be teaching you to properly operate a vehicle. It’s been six years since I first passed the driving test at the DOL, and there are a few key things I’ve...

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Build trust if you use a tracking device

Consumers now can choose from several GPS tracking devices that plug into your car and monitor driving behavior.
   Yakima-area residents saw three such devices reviewed in a KIMA-TV report June 5. The gizmos range from $80 to $150 and capture data that shows location, speed, fast acceleration, and...

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Summertime fun comes with risks

Many teen drivers view summer as the time for sun, fun, and cruising with friends.
   So when safety officials dub summer the “100 Deadliest Days,” those teens likely roll their eyeballs and think, “quit exaggerating.”
   Yet AAA recently shared data showing 26% more teens die in cars between...

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Budget now for teen-driver costs

You might be a teenager who can’t wait to get your driver’s license.
   Or you might be a parent, thrilled to stop playing chauffeur, but dreading the worry that accompanies letting your kid drive solo.
   Either way, there’s lots to consider and plan for. Teen driving brings change, not the least of...

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