Recalled cars for sale in Oregon

Vehicle recall: when a car model has a safety-related defect, or doesn’t meet the minimum safety standards, the carmaker (or sometimes, the government) issues a recall to alert the vehicles’ owners. When the defect is found, car companies have 60 days to notify owners. The carmaker’s dealerships are supposed to repair the problem, usually for free. Right… Learn More »

Insurance companies using dangerous aftermarket parts in car repairs

A recent car crash that killed two Oregon teenagers and injured two others ignited a conversation about the dangers of using “aftermarket” parts on cars and trucks. “Aftermarket” parts are any parts added to a vehicle after the original sale, usually for cosmetic reasons— or to replace damaged parts after a car accident. Some aftermarket… Learn More »

What to do if you see a hit-and-run accident

Many people feel as though they shouldn’t get involved after witnessing an accident. Causing an accident and leaving the scene is a crime: too often, the perpetrators go unpunished. Pull over immediately if you’re driving. Do not attempt to follow the fleeing vehicle. Call 9-1-1. Witnesses often assume that someone else is calling. Render aid,… Learn More »

Improving the “Standard” Way of Thinking

The number of cars on the road has increased by leaps and bounds since the invention of roads. The highway engineers now focus on creating wider, faster roads to allow for the increased traffic. However, many engineers have lost sight of what is most important: Safety. As described by engineer Charles Marohn, ”First comes speed;… Learn More »

Your teenager is a terrible driver

Parental involvement is one of the most important factors in keeping teen drivers safe. But most parents assume that our teenagers are better, safer drivers than they really are. 89% of teens said they reply text message or email within five minutes even if they are driving a car, according to an AT&T survey. Consequently,… Learn More »

3 of 4 parents are making this mistake

Most child car safety seats are used incorrectly, with an average of 3 mistakes per seat. Get yours checked for free this weekend. Your child’s car seat is probably too loose. Maybe harness straps are through the wrong slots, or are not secured. Your infant seat may be at the wrong angle, or facing the… Learn More »

Changing the “Standard” Way of Thinking

A traffic engineer speaks up for pedestrians, safety For decades, the focus of engineers building roads and highways has drifted towards creating wider, faster roads to allow for constantly increasing traffic. While focusing on more efficient transportation, civil engineering may have lost sight of what is most important: public safety. Engineer Charles Marohn describes the… Learn More »

The real problem with red light cameras

The city of Beaverton, Oregon is locally renowned for diligent enforcement of traffic laws. Between traffic officers and red light cameras, more than 33,000 citations were issued last year. For comparison, that’s more tickets than the much larger cities of Salem or Eugene issued – and more than the similarly-sized Hillsboro and Gresham combined. A… Learn More »

Do you drive with your dog in your lap?

The two best reasons to keep your dog in the backseat   Minimizing Distractions A driver in Beaverton, Oregon is fighting a $160 citation issued by a police officer who spotted her driving with her dog on her lap. There is no specific Oregon law regarding operating a motor vehicle with a pet on your… Learn More »

New moms are more tired, more distracted – and in more car accidents

New mothers may be the most distracted drivers on the road, according to the results of a survey by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby. This isn’t hard to imagine. New moms are exhausted, they’re turning around to attend to the baby in the backseat, and 78% admit to using their phones to text or call while… Learn More »