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 »

Fatal crash leads to conversation about aftermarket parts and safety

The tragic car crash that killed two West Linn teens and injured at least two others is prompting a conversation about the safety of “aftermarket” parts. According to the Oregonian, a “large, aftermarket bumper” contributed to the deaths of the teenagers. Their car was rear-ended at a high speed by a Jeep: the Jeep’s front… 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 »

Watching for riders

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a national project to encourage vehicles and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Motorcycle fatalities represent 14% of total highway deaths annually, despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3% of all vehicles in the United States. Improving cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to… Learn More »

Why are Americans more distracted than Europeans?

Nearly 70% of Americans ages 18- 64 admit to talking on their phones while driving in the past 30 days.  A full 30% admitted to sending text messages. Distracted driving is a lot more common in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which… Learn More »

Making Oregon teens better drivers

The first year a teenager has a driver’s license is one of the most dangerous of their life: car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. That’s why Oregon put into place the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program more than a decade ago. Some of the rules that affected drivers… Learn More »

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?

Only 1% of parents think that their teenager regularly sends or receives text messages while driving. The reality is that a full 26% of teens admit to this dangerous behavior, according to a new poll from The University of Michigan. In an AT&T survey of teens, 89% said they reply to a text message or… Learn More »

Car Design Impacts Pedestrian Safety

A car, truck or SUV hits a pedestrian 70,000 times per year in the U.S., but only about 6% are fatal crashes. That’s a remarkably low number of fatalities, considering the severity of the impact of a 4,000 lb. car on a human body – and it’s partially due to big changes made by auto… Learn More »

Your annual reminder: winter roads are, in fact, dangerous

The rain and snow has started in earnest in the Northwest, and snowy and icy conditions are expected in mountain passes in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The combination of the wet weather and darkness during commutes means that every year around this time, the number of traffic crashes jumps – and… Learn More »

On the road: the first test of (real) talking cars

3,000 cars, trucks and buses equipped with wireless tracking devices are the first group of vehicles to actually road-test new vehicle-to-vehicle communication. This week, the second phase of The Safety Pilot, a research project looking at connected vehicle safety technology, was launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The test vehicles send and receive electronic messages with other connected… Learn More »