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Category Archives: Driving Safety

Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

Fall is here and that means back to school for young people of all ages. For teens and college kids, back to school time means more time on the road in their vehicle. Driver education classes teach the basics of driving rules and regulations.  But it's often up to the parents to teach young people what to do if they experience a breakdown and get stuck on the side of the road.  Here are some tips you can pass on to the young driver in your life. Breakdown Tips  Pull the car over to a safe location as soon as you suspect something is wrong. Usually that means the right side of the road, but sometimes you can also pull into a parking lot. Make sure the location is accessible so that a tow truck can find you, but also safe.   Turn on your hazard lights as soon as possible. After you’ve pulled over to a safe location, turn on those hazards. Especially on highways, it’s difficult for other fast-moving vehicles to gauge the situat ... read more

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Do not Drip and Drive!

Do not Drip and Drive!

Your car is designed to keep you safe as you travel from one point to another. General maintenance is part of the upkeep, and must not be ignored. One of the easiest ways to troubleshoot your vehicle’s repair needs is by checking fluid levels and identifying fluid leaks as early as possible. Scott Sherman Auto Care is partnering with Washington State Department of Ecology’s Don’t Drip and Drive campaign to share information about car fluids and leaks. Some fluid leaks can be deadly, and all have a direct impact on the environment.  Leaks usually occur at the front (under the engine), near the wheels, or toward the rear/exhaust areas. Here are some quick tips on identifying any fluid leaks in your vehicle:  Front/Under Engine Engine Oil - Look for light brown to black fluid that is very greasy and slick. To get the most accurate reading of your oil level, ensure you check your engine oil when the engine is cool. If you find that you&rsquo ... read more

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Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Stress-Free

Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Stress-Free

Over 47 million travelers will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year. Over 89% of those will be on the road.  Don’t worry, we’ve got a great list of travel tips to keep your stress levels in check. Stress-Cutting Travel Tips There is a 60% improvement in traffic between Saturday and Sunday the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you can wait to travel on Sunday, do it. Travel before 2 p.m. or wait until after 7 p.m. since the late afternoon and early evening traffic will be a nightmare. Look up your destination ahead of time to see what travel problems others have faced in previous years. Waze is a great, real-time, app to track traffic issues along your route. Do your research on holiday season traveling. Choosing a more scenic drive that adds miles to your trip may actually save you hours of driving a congested freeway. Break up long drives by selecting key places to stop along the way. Travel apps and chargers are a must-hav ... read more

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Safe Driving While Having Fun on Halloween

Safe Driving While Having Fun on Halloween

Halloween can be great fun for just about anyone. It’s a holiday for revelry and just making some great memories. Due to the fact that it takes place outside, and in the evening, safety should be the #1 priority for those celebrating October 31st.  Here is a roundup of our favorite local Halloween spots (including our favorite: a “Trunk or Treat”) plus some tips for safe driving during trick or treat season. LOCAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS Halloween Boo Bash. Lil’ ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are going to have a frightfully good time at this annual Halloween bash at Northgate Mall. Come in costume and enjoy games, treats and a bounce house. Phinney Ridge/Greenwood Area Head north to the Phinney Ridge (Phinney Ave./Greenwood Ave.) neighborhood, and you’ll find plenty of little ghosts, goblins and other characters enjoying Halloween during this G ... read more

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Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Summer is suddenly gone, and the fall and winter weather is rolling in with a gusto (excuse the pun, but the crazy windy weather we’ve been having lately necessitated comment). As the holiday season quickly approaches, we would like to offer some helpful driving safety tips – particularly for Halloween, since kids running around in the dark can make it a dangerous holiday for pedestrians and drivers. Here are some Halloween driving safety tips, although they can be used year-round: • Be alert. During peak trick-or-treating hours (6 – 9 p.m.), you should be especially alert to kids in costume, parents who are too busy herding kids to watch traffic, and wayward decorations that could pose a safety hazard. Kids can dart across the street suddenly, so watch out for them. • Yield to walkers. People of all heights might not see you as they plan to cross the street. If parents or kids are attempting to cross in front of you, stop and let them. Despite the fact that many parents tea ... read more

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