Defensive Driving In The News
Get schooled in defensive driving techniques
By Christie Johnson – KING 5 News
October 28, 2010
If weather forecasts are correct, the Pacific Northwest could see one of the worst winters in decades. That could, of course, mean treacherous driving conditions. KING 5’s Christie Johnson drives with JC Fawcett with the Defensive Driving School in a car outfitted with a “Skid Monster,” a device that simulates what happens when the car speed is too fast for road conditions or traffic situations.
Drivers: Time To Go Back To School? School Zone, Speeding, Other Troubles Leading To Tickets
By Brian Callanan – Q13 FOX
September 15, 2010
With school just starting up, a lot more of us than you might think need to go back to class. It’s time to re-learn how you drive–especially around school zones, where you could end up with a big ticket.
One of our area’s oldest driving schools, Defensive Driving of Bellevue, is hearing and seeing from its students that a lot of us are forgetting those basic rules of the road. School zone tickets and other driving infractions have been on the rise with the start of the school year. But there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe and keep yourself from getting a ticket.
How to maneuver around bikes on city streets
By LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News
July 30, 2010
With Seattle’s new emphasis on bicycle lanes, drivers are getting confused. Here are some tips on how to navigate around bikes on city streets.
Price of gas changing youths’ social lives
By DANIELLE WINSLOW
SPECIAL TO THE P-I
Teens once reached their 16th birthdays with visions of driving and freedom racing through their minds. Now, instead of thinking about saving money for a new car stereo, young drivers are worried about gas prices……
We’re out of practice driving on icy roads — and it shows
By PHUONG CAT LE
Let’s face it. Many Seattleites just don’t know how to drive in snow. Or on ice.
Snowy, icy conditions that have hit Western Washington in recent days would hardly shut down most cities in the Midwest or Northeast, but here people get stuck in traffic and then abandon their cars by the roadside…..
No more leeway on cell phones
Talking on a hand-held phone while driving can earn you a ticket starting Thursday, even if you’re not breaking other laws.
By Jerry Cornfield
J.C. Fawcett earns a living from teaching Snohomish County residents how to drive.
He is confident he can tell soon-to-be-licensed drivers that the roads will get a bit safer this week.
That’s because starting Thursday, law enforcement officers can stop and ticket drivers for violating Washington’s two-year-old ban on speaking on the phone while holding it to an ear or texting while driving……
Street smarts: How parents can pick a good driving school for their teenagers
By J.J. Jensen
Seattle Times staff reporter
Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for teens, and a big sign to parents that their kids are growing up really fast and are ever closer to leaving home, said doting Redmond mother Holly Wright.
So, a few months back, when it was time to find a driving school for her 17-year-old, home-schooled daughter, Caitlyn, she wanted to make sure it was a company she believed was trustworthy.
Summer video contest invites teens to promote safe driving
Submitted by Morris Malakoff on Tuesday, June 15th, 07:03am
The Defensive Driving School wants to see you put your fantastic, creative brains to work by submitting a video on how to drive safely.
The Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad, the 2nd place winner will receive their choice of an iPod or $200 cash and the 3rd place winner will receive $100 cash. The videos need to be educational, but having fun with out-of-the-box thinking is strongly encouraged as well.