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 […]

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 […]

How to Avoid Wildlife Collisions on the Road

Animals are forced to cross roads and highways in search of food, water, cover and mates placing them in danger of vehicles driving down the road.  The number one way to avoid collisions with wildlife while on the road is to slow down.  In Oregon, the majority of vehicle-wildlife crashes occur September through November.  A […]

Driver Safety in Wet Road Conditions

Driver Safety in Wet Road Conditions

With the rain starting to come back in Oregon, it is important to stay safe during the wet and rainy road conditions. To prepare for the weather, make sure you have windshield wipers that function properly to allow you maximum visibility while driving.  Make sure headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are all […]

Railroad Crossing Safety Tips

Railroad Crossing Safety Tips

A motorist is 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in one involving another motor vehicle. Keep these tips in mind next time you are around a railroad crossing to avoid an accident: Always yield the right-of-way to the train; they cannot yield to you. Never ignore warnings such […]

Teen Driving Safety

Teens drivers are more likely to be distracted while driving.  Texting and driving is very common among teens and it is important t0 make sure your teen understands the rules of the road to keep themselves and other drivers safe. Nearly 1/3 of all teen deaths between the ages of 16-19 are a result of […]