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 […]

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 […]

Fall Conditions Driver Safety

October means a 15-20%  increase in accidents on the roads.  With the weather conditions changing, the first few rainy days make the roads extra slippery.  Oil on the road and falling leaves are important to watch out for.  Make sure to drive carefully to avoid accidents in these wet conditions.  

Driving with a Hangover Could be as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

  Two studies by researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and University of the West of England in the UK presented a series of driving tests that mimicked highway driving. The individuals had an average of 10 alcoholic drinks the night before. The subjects did not have any alcohol present in their blood but […]