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Taking drivers education courses in person can be time-consuming and difficult to fit into a busy schedule. But driver education is necessary to drive. Luckily, there are other options, like online driver education courses, which can provide a number of benefits to students.

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Driving can be an extremely intimidating thing to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it can become second nature. Many of us transition from nervous teens who refuse to hold the steering wheel any other way than with our hand at 10 and two. But we quickly become adults who make it home...

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Drivers education courses will teach you a number of different things to help ensure that you understand the rules of the road and will hopefully be a safe driver. While many teens view drivers ed as a stepping stone to getting behind the wheel, this is an important course that should be taken...

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With modern technology, it is easier than ever to do most things online, from shopping to connecting with friends to online classes. Taking courses online have made it easier for people to work toward degrees and certifications while sticking to their own schedule. You can even work on getting...

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Picture this: you, behind the wheel of a car, driving on the highway with confidence, WITHOUT a responsible adult in the passenger seat. Driver Education is a huge step toward turning that day-dream into reality! You can be independent and have the freedom to travel anywhere you want once you’ve...

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Pacific Driver Education offers an online driver ed course that can be completed any time and anywhere you have an internet-connected device.

When it’s time for you to learn how to drive, whether you’re 15 or 50, our online driver ed course can help make the process...

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Oregon, just like the rest of the United States, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, it’s interrupted their lives, kept them from living life as usual, and has even had an impact on their driving habits. There’s an...

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Whether you’ve just started driving or you’ve been driving for years, it’s important to brush up on the skills that will help you to avoid auto accidents. While you probably do your best to avoid accidents, there are some proactive steps you can follow to protect yourself even more.

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The Pacific Northwest is packed full of beautiful wooded areas but driving in the woods can be dangerous. If you’re planning to check some of these places out, there are a few safety precautions to consider as visibility is low and the roads can be confusing to navigate. Here are our tips so...

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We are always on the lookout for quality instructors to add to our team at Pacific Driver Education in Gresham. Learning to drive is something that the vast majority of American youth will go through during their teenage years, and some of them will have better drivers-ed experiences than...

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You may have just gotten your U.S. Driver’s License, or are still in the process of going through driving school. Even if you’ve been a legally licensed driver for a while now, driving in other countries probably rarely crosses your mind.

Although we put a heavy emphasis at Pacific Driver...

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You’ve just finished all of the classes at your local driving school in Gresham. You know how to drive safely and securely on the road. But that’s not why your friends are hesitating to get in your car when you offer them a ride. Instead, it might be that your car’s interior is something akin to...

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Whether you are training for an upcoming driver’s test, celebrating the accomplishment of passing your exam, or just getting back out on the road for the first time in a while, you have a vehicle to accompany each journey with you! This car might be “used” as opposed to genuine “new” status, but...

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Depending on the time of year that your teenage driver gets their license, they may or may not have had an opportunity to get to practice good winter driving habits. But regardless of whether or not they got that much needed cold weather driving practice, you can be certain that winter is...

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It doesn’t matter how old you are when you get your very first car, it feels like your entire life has just blossomed like a butterfly from a cocoon. It doesn’t even really matter if your first car is a hand-me-down from another family member, a proud purchase that you saved for years to make,...

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Driving a car looks pretty easy. I mean, there are those pedals on the floor for “stop,” and “go,” there is the wheel for turning, and you know you need to wear your seat belt. What else to it is there? The answer? A LOT!

Driving a car is one of the most complex mental and motor tasks that...

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According to a 2016 study by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, teenagers (ages 15-19) made up roughly 6.5% of the driving-age population of the...

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We’ve all been there — seeing a cool car drive by, having a serious conversation with a passenger, getting lost in a really good audible book, or we pull into the driveway at home and realize we’re not sure how we got there. This is distracted driving. It’s not just texting while driving,...

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There’s nothing that gets even the most skilled driver’s heart racing like having to parallel park — especially when the space is tight and there is any traffic around. Even though it’s not a required part of the Oregon DMV drive test, mastering this essential skill is a must if you want to...

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There are many very significant milestones that children go through — their first steps, first words, first day of kindergarten, first day behind the wheel of a car — and each of them can be very exciting and incredibly stressful for parents. If you’re the parent of a 15-year-old who has gotten...

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If you already have your driver’s license, do you remember how you learned how to drive? Who taught you how to drive? Many of the people already on the road learned how to drive from either of their parents, and they still remember feeling frustrated when a parent slammed on the imaginary...

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The weather in Portland and Gresham County doesn’t get too extreme in the winter, but for the couple days when it does snow, the roads can be treacherous for inexperienced drivers. For teenagers or young adults who haven’t been driving for very long, or who are completely new to driving, wet or...

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When teenagers first begin to drive, there is a lot of excitement and possibility — they can drive to school themselves, drive to soccer matches, to friends houses on the weekends, to the mall. They first get behind the wheel and there may be some initial hesitations about being in control of...

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Whether you’re a delivery service, landscaping company, or a moving company, businesses with a fleet of vehicles face an additional risk that businesses without fleets don’t have. When employees are regularly on the road, there needs to be standards of safety that every driver follows to ensure...

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Fleet vehicles make up a big part of the traffic on the roads, whether it’s delivery services, truck drivers, or salesmen who own company cars. What we may not realize is that a part of this traffic may be international drivers who aren’t familiar with U.S. traffic laws or other rules of the...

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Certified Instructors

When you’re ready to enroll in driver’s ed classes here in Oregon, either for yourself or for a loved one, the first thing you need to consider are the instructors. In addition to being easy to work with and thoroughly trained in driver’s education,...

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First, They Increase Your Confidence Level

When you’re able to work directly with a professional driving instructor, you have someone on your side who is highly experienced and has been chosen for this job because of his or her temperament and ability to remain calm during...

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In a previous blog, we discussed ways to improve your confidence in the car. To go along the same theme, this blog is going to dive into defensive driving. As you become more and more familiar, comfortable, and confident in your driving skills,...

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Right now, if you’re just learning how to drive, it’s scary. You’re in complete control of a moving vehicle that weighs somewhere around 4,000 pounds (depending on the vehicle, of course). Driving gives whole new meaning to staying in the lines, doesn’t it? Not only do you have to steer the car...

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After months of driver’s ed and months of driving around with a licensed driver, you finally feel ready to take your driving test! So that means spending hours in line at the DMV, and then being told to wait in another line for someone to administer the test. However, scheduling your driving...

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It’s becoming easier and easier to get distracted while driving. With construction going on throughout the Gresham area, motorcyclists, fun tunes on the radio, your phone going off, birds — there are a variety of things that can quickly grab your attention from the road. It’s during these split...

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Imagine driving along, listening to the music on your radio, and all of a sudden you hear a thud and your car jumps a bit. You didn’t see anything in the road, so you simply keep driving. Anyone who has been in a car accident, however severe, knows it can be stressful and overwhelming, making it...

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We’re all guilty of having bare spaces in the trunks of our cars where there should be emergency items. Sometimes, it’s out of procrastination, and other times, it’s out of pure naivety. At Pacific Driver Education LLC in Gresham, Ore., safety is a top priority taught in our driving lessons,...

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On the top of a parent’s list of worst nightmares is receiving a phone call that their child has just been in a car crash. Teens, wide-eyed and excited about getting their first driver’s license, are more prone to motor vehicle crashes, primarily due to their naivety and inexperience....

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In a previous blog post, we discussed how driving lessons in Gresham, and well as other strategies and bits of wisdom, can help your teen succeed on the road. We’ll discuss that topic again here, we even more words of advice that can help your teen driver develop essential driving skills!

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If you are like most fleet managers, you have an annual goal of hitting a certain safety-related number. That might be reducing the number of accidents that occur within the fleet, how much repair work is needed on your vehicles or even your worker's compensation claim rates. Safety is a big...

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For more information: David House, 503-945-5270, david.j.house@odot.state.or.us

CORRECTION

New laws for Oregon drivers take effect in 2018

CLARIFYING section on three-wheel vehicles, which includes two laws

In addition to passing a major transportation...

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Oregon drivers are not strangers to the danger of heavy rains! Our driving school in Gresham makes sure that all of our students are taught the necessary skills to get safely through these nasty driving conditions. Whether it's your first time...

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It's a nerve-wracking thing to send your teenager out onto the road! Our driving lessons in Gresham can be a great first step to making them road-ready, but it's not the only thing you can do. Here are some of our favorite ideas for helping...

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According to recent statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving and road rage. As tragic as these statistics are, the real tragedy is that all incidences of road rage are avoidable. It’s simply a...

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Decades ago, when automotive driving technologies were relatively simple, the decisions consumers had to make about which features to choose in order to remain safe in their vehicles were simple too. People back then had to decide, for example, whether or not to add airbags, ABS brakes, etc to...

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Have you ever started out on a journey, traveled a great distance and then ended up at your destination with little recollection of the trip in between? If you have then you have not entered the Twilight Zone. You are in instead likely to have undergone a phenomenon called “highway hypnosis.”...

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The transition from winter to spring can be challenging for many motorists. After all, wind, rain, potholes and other obstacles can suddenly reappear at a moment’s notice. What this means is that spring should also be a time when drivers adjust their habits in order to fit the season. With that...

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Spring has arrived this month after what has been a fairly moderate winter for most of us. (The notable exception to this unusually restrained winder was of course blizzard “Stella” which inundated the northeast with incapacitating snowfalls.) And as happens every spring, many motorists will see...

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One of the reasons it is so important for beginning drivers to take lessons from professionals such as those who teach at our driving school in Portland Oregon is that doing so helps students develop good habits and confidence...

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There are several factors that help to determine how safe your driving experience will ultimately be. The first is proper training from people like our experts at Pacific Driver Education. Instructors at our...

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Think about the most important components that every successful party should possess. Food and drinks, great music, decorations and good friends instantly come to mind for most people. However, at parties where alcohol will be served the most important component of all is the designated driver....

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According to AAA, 46.9 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more during Thanksgiving of 2015. This year as family eagerly anticipate visiting loved ones and relatives for the Thanksgivings/Christmas holidays, at least as many people are expected to take to the roadways. Added to this, as it is...

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There’s no getting around it – fleet managers must possess a very unique set of skills that include administrative abilities, communication skills and stick-to-itiveness. As critical as these skills are, effective fleet managers must also know how to recognize and avoid mistakes that can...

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The huge role that technology plays in fleet management is undeniable. Gone are the days when large or even small scale businesses could ignore advancing technologies and simply decide to go low tech. The right fleet driver safety training...

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Fleet driver safety training is the most cost efficient way to increase any company’s productivity and ensure public and driver well being. Any smart business person who handles large teams of drivers traveling the highways and...

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The huge role that technology plays in fleet management is undeniable. Gone are the days when large or even small scale businesses could ignore advancing technologies and simply decide to go low tech. The right fleet driver safety training...

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Fleet driver safety training is the most cost efficient way to increase any company’s productivity and ensure public and driver well being. Any smart business person who handles large teams of drivers traveling the highways and...

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Part of what it means to be a successful business owner is being able to keep one step ahead of emerging technologies. One of the emerging technologies that are relevant to every business owner who must send his products to market via...

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Darkening skies, heavy patches of fog, strong gusts of wind and rain are sometimes as much a part of summer as are clear, sunny days. The fact is no season comes without the risk of inclement weather. As millions of us head out onto the streets and highways to enjoy our well-earned vacations,...

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Whenever there is an accident involving a heavy haul truck the issue of fleet safety jumps immediately into the public consciousness and sometimes even into the public discourse. This was certainly the case following the accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart’s private fleet....

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You are out at a social event, meeting new people and the topic of work or business comes up. I get a lot of commiserative pats on the back when I say I have a driving school. Images and stereotypes of overly perky or slightly obnoxious teens fill everyone’s heads and they say, “Wow! How do you...

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Drivers Ed in Oregon - who is it for? Anyone and everyone! But did you know that people who are just learning how to drive have a distinct advantage over many of us who have been driving for some time – they haven’t had the chance to develop bad driving habits yet. A large part of learning to...

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Affordable, safe cars are within the reach of every budget with just a little research

The life of a parent is filled with milestones—and one of the most significant is handing over the car keys to your teen for the first time. Not only is it a huge step towards...

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Pacific Driver Education is a driving school in Portland Oregon that believes in the importance of a well-rounded drivers education. One second or less is all that it takes. Yes, for a life that has perhaps just recently begun or...

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Driving Tips For Heavy Rain: Ask yourself this question: How many times have you been driving during a heavy rain when suddenly someone speeds past you as if weather conditions were favorable and visibility was clear? If you are like many people the answer is probably...

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Driving is a serious undertaking .The responsibility that comes with operating a motor vehicle should not be taken lightly; not only are you accountable for yourself and your own passengers, you are also accountable for the effects your actions may have on others on the road. Driving at night...

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Driving in the fog can be one of the most dangerous driving situations you will encounter. Foggy weather is the number one cause of multi-car pile-ups. That being said, there are six things you can do to reduce your risk of getting into a crash.

First, and most important, slow down and...

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Getting your drivers license is a right of passage; something we all expect to do at some point in our late teen years. Because it is such a common part of life, sometimes we can lose sight of what a big deal it actually is. Every year we send hundreds of teens to one...

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On the fence about whether to send your teen to an Oregon drivers education course or just teach them yourself? I get it, the extra expense, time and effort is enough to deter you; but the truth is, in the end it’s all worth it because...

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I can’t think of a driver in the world who couldn’t benefit from some form of private driving lessons. Whether we’re talking new teenage drivers making their way out onto the local roadways or a seasoned driver taking off to explore the open roads across the U.S. after retirement, private...

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Is your teenager prepared for all of the variables that await him or her on the open road? You hope the answer to that question is yes, but how can you be sure? When you enroll your teens in one of our Oregon drivers education programs you can sleep tight at night knowing that we are...

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Let me tell you a little story about a friend of mine’s daughter, let’s call her Marg… When Marg was a teenager getting ready to take her DMV road test she looked at the bare-minimum requirements of test-taking eligibility. She spent a few hours in a classroom before getting her permit and then...

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A University of Iowa study reports the most frequent cause of vehicle crashes involving teenagers is distracted driving, especially when there are other teens on board.

In a nationwide analysis of accidents involving teen drivers, it was discovered that in 60 percent of those accidents the...

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Perhaps it is has been a few years since you have had your license and you want to to sharpen your skills. Pacific Driver Education can help! Even though you may not need to pass the license test, we can help you improve any skills or clarify anything you need while driving. All students must...

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Pacific Driver Education provides private driving lessons for your teens! This ensures your teen to have individual and extra help when behind the wheel! This will help them improve their driving skills and their knowledge of safety while driving a vehicle. We do not charge an additional fee to...

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For many parents, a new teen driver can be a stressful and worrisome time. However, at Pacific Driver Education, your teen will get the highest quality teachers and education when it comes to driving and safety.

Pacific Driver Education is both DMV & ODOT Certified. ODOT rules state...

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Everyone who holds an Oregon driver’s license has implicitly agreed to do all in their power to prevent crashes. Three habits will help you succeed!

Situational Awareness

Most drivers only look three to four seconds ahead of their vehicle—perhaps two cars ahead. But research shows...

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As students go back to school this fall, there are some things every driver in Oregon should know. School speed zones are strictly enforced because a speed of 20 mph saves lives.

You should also be aware that School Speed zones have three different designations in Oregon. (See accompanying...

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By now, almost everyone has heard of Google’s driver-less car project. Despite not having an official name yet (just don’t call it “Google Drive”), the project is already calling to mind the...

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Under a new ODOT program, the DMV will waive the road test for students who have successfully completed this course.

Course requirements:

  • This program is open to students between the ages of 15 and 17.
  • Students must attend 30 hours of...
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Driving safely is one of the most important skills your teen will learn in his or her lifetime. The ability to drive well and cultivate safe driving habits are life-long skills that can save the life of your teen and the friends they drive with too. Why not learn these lifesaving skills in the...

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Oregon and Washington Teens Fare Better Than Most.

The most recent study from The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) examined deaths of 16 and 17-year-old drivers, finding an 11 percent increase over the previous year.

By 2012, traffic deaths of 16 and 17-year old drivers...

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Pacific Driver Education has begun our winter class schedule at St. Mary’s Academy, Central Catholic High School, Estacada High School and Village Home in Beaverton for this year. Each of us is teaching driver readiness concepts to our students. One important part of driver readiness is to know...

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What is parent teen driving contract?

A parent teen driving contract, or vehicle use agreement, is simply a document that outlines the responsibilities and privileges of both the parents (or other guardians) and the new teen driver.

Sometimes clear communication takes the...

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Why Formal Driver Education is best, instead of having Uncle Bill teach your kid to drive. . . .

A formal driver education training curriculum is seen as an effective alternative to "trial and error" learning, especially given that errors can have such profoundly negative...

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Why is night driving so dangerous, besides the fact that it’s dark? It is because vision is the principal factor of reaction time for a driver, and our vision at night becomes severely limited. Our depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision are all compromised when driving at...

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We want to share some crash statistics with that have a direct bearing on novice drivers. These are the statistics that we at Pacific Driver Education want to change. Education and awareness are the keys to make the necessary changes in behavior and attitude. Review the statistics with your...

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When freshly fallen snow and wind combine you get what is referred to as a whiteout. This condition may create a situation where the snow completely blocks your view of the road. When blowing snow is forecast, only drive when absolutely necessary and with extreme caution. We have some tips for...

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Winter driving conditions like heavier than usual rain, snow, and ice will dramatically affect the braking distance of your vehicle. Your ability to execute a safe and smooth stop is dramatically limited because of the reduction of tire traction. In order to stop safely, the vehicle’s wheels...

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We all get older and as we do, our bodies and minds change in ways that can directly impact our reaction time, awareness, and vision while we drive. For this reason, Pacific Driver Education offers DMV Retesting to help older adults with their driver's license renewal process.

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A good friend of mine at Springwater Chiropractic treats a great deal of auto accident injury patients and he told me that over the years he has learned the best ways to get patients better quickly, so they won’t have limitations for the rest of their lives.

His adage is simple “an ounce...

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The most dangerous animal in North America isn’t the Shark or even the Bear. No, it’s the deer, and Fall is the deadliest time of all. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 1 million car accidents with deer each year that kill 200 Americans, cause more...

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Teen driver safety is of paramount importance to Pacific Driver Education. The per-mile accident rate of 16-year-old novice drivers is about ten times greater than that of adults. The great majority of non-fatal accidents resulted from errors in attention, visual search, speed relative to...

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Oregon’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program includes the following requirements and restrictions for drivers under 18 years old:

  • Drivers must hold an Oregon instruction permit for 6 months prior to applying for a driver’s license.
  • Drivers must have at least 50 hours of...
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Driver Safety from a Quality Driver Education School

Research has shown that there is no silver bullet– no single thing that schools can do to ensure high student performance. So, how do you choose the right driving school? When you begin the process of choosing a driver...

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Each of us has differing levels of driving ability and that skill may not be determined by our chronological age. What we need to consider is performance with the vehicle on the road. Here are a few indicators that a driver may be experiencing diminished capacity for driving...

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Traffic Arrests Leave a Permanent Mark on Innocent Drivers

Interview with Ed Caleb, District Attorney for Klamath County. Ed is a strong advocate for the people of Klamath County who has put our county on the cutting edge in dealing with many issues that are affecting...

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Tips for Driving Green

No matter where you live and what you drive, you can save on your gas mileage when you learn to drive green. Every gallon of fuel that you don’t use saves you money and helps to reduce global warming. Here’s how you can start making a difference...

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