Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

With all the trick-or-treaters walking around this evening, it is important to stay safe during the holiday.  Parents should make sure your kids understand how to be safe while trick-or-treating.  Always have an adult or teenage sibling accompany your children when trick-or-treating.  If your children are old enough to be out on their own, make sure […]

Takata Corp Airbag Recall Affects Millions of Vehicle Owners

  Potentially dangerous airbags by Takata Corp are recalled in various models of 2001-2007 vehicles.  The airbags blasted shrapnel into the passenger seat and automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide due to this problem. Vehicle owners with these airbags are informed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take immediate action.  In […]

Driving Safety During Strong Winds

Driving Safety During Strong Winds

This past weekend, the Portland area experienced strong winds causing accidents, power outages and other catastrophes.  Driving can be dangerous in windy conditions so it is important to use safety precautions on the road.  Expect sudden gusts at any time but particularly on open roads, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or overtaking high-sided […]

How to Teach your Teenager to Drive

How to Teach your Teenager to Drive

Parents know how do drive, but they don’t necessarily know how to describe or teach driving.  It is recommended to have a driving instructor work with your teen to help them learn the rules of the road.  Teens who take formal driver education courses are less likely to be involved in a car crash, get […]

What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

Did you know that in the event of a car accident with an uninsured at-fault driver, you can use uninsured motorist coverage?  This coverage protects you under these circumstances. How it works is that you make a claim against your own insurance company, for up to the limit of coverage, instead of against the other driver. […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when you are involved in or witness a terrifying, usually life-threatening, event.  Severe anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts and nightmares are common symptoms of the illness.  While most people eventually adjust to the aftereffects of traumatic events, some people find their symptoms worsening over time.  Doctors are not able to pinpoint […]

Pedestrian, Bicyclist and Driver Safety in the Dark

Pedestrian, Bicyclist and Driver Safety in the Dark

Until mid-December, the days will be getting shorter which means it will be darker in the morning and evenings.  Pedestrians and bicyclists can be even harder to see during the morning and evening commutes. As a pedestrian, make sure to use crosswalks when crossing roads at night.  Try to wear light colored clothing or have […]

Hands-Free Voice Controls Increase Driver Distraction

  A new study by AAA found voice-activated infotainment systems can pose more of a risk than talking on a cell phone while driving.  Researchers at the University of Utah conducted a test with 40 driver’s ages 18-40 in nine different scenarios with a voice-control system created just for the study.  The hands-free version they […]