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Congress proposes new truck safety guards requirement

Once in a while, politicians set aside party lines to address a situation that deserves a solution. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Marco Rubio both agree: their proposed bill can prevent some deadly truck accidents.

Grace period ends for new distracted driving law

Washington residents should know not to use their phones while driving by now, according to law enforcement. For the past six months, Washington State Patrol has given warnings to drivers who use personal devices on the road, but this grace period is now over.

How to handle road rage incidents with other motorists

When you think of road rage in Seattle, the first thing that might come to mind is the exchange of angry words and gestures. You might not realize how much of a role an angry motorist's actions can play in fatal car accidents. You likely see it on television all the time; a person cuts off another driver and the driver rolls down his or her window, waves a fist and starts yelling. The person who angered the other driver glares and speeds off. In real life, many road rage incidents do not happen like that. Instead, the raging motorist may speed up to catch the other driver. The result can be a collision that ends in tragedy. 

Smoking while driving may be a distraction

Health professionals have long foretold the dangers of smoking. Many smokers know that the habit can affect their lungs, teeth and heart, but at least it doesn't hurt anyone else - or so they may believe. What many people don't realize is that smoking can also be a hazard on the road.

Headlights are a safety feature, too

How often do you drive in the dark? Right now in Seattle, the sun sets before 4:30 p.m. Chances are that you've been relying heavily on your headlights and street lamps. Your vision and well-being depend on your headlights' ability to function.

Rental cars: 3 things to check before you drive

If you plan to jet off for the holidays, you might also be planning to rent a vehicle during your visit. Renting a car might make you worried about wrecking it, then receiving an outrageous repair bill from the company. However, that's not the biggest threat; driving an unfamiliar car can compromise your well-being.

Seasonal delivery drivers at risk for accidents

Seattle shoppers may be out dashing from store to store to catch Black Friday deals today, but online gift purchasing is constantly rising in popularity. Throughout December, it's not uncommon to pass a delivery truck on the roads. In fact, you may be swept up in the frenzy yourself as a seasonal delivery driver.

The dangers of an overloaded truck

You are driving down an incline. In your rearview mirror, you see that a big rig is barreling down the hill behind you. You feel the first jolt of fear. There is a traffic light at the bottom of the hill and the truck is coming closer as you begin to slow.

Top 3 holiday road safety tips

Now that winter is just around the bend, you might be planning to travel across Washington to see loved ones for the holidays. While there's nothing like sharing Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, the drive to and from celebrations can be an especially risky experience.

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