Category Archives: commercial vehicles

New traffic laws for 2015

Welcome to 2015. Here are new traffic laws that aim to make roads safer for drivers and limousine passengers: Driver license eligibility for undocumented U.S. residents — Beginning Jan. 2, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will issue driver licenses … Continue reading

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Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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Idling negatively affects health, environment, vehicles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Occasionally, I see idling vehicles on West Cliff Drive¬†while folks read a magazine, take a nap, or to get out to take pictures of the beautiful views. Neighbors have vehicles idling in their driveway or on … Continue reading

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Headlight, fog light glare discomfort depends on age, gender

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I ride a bike and drive to and from work in the dark these days. Is it me or are cars headlamps getting brighter? Are more people driving with their brights on? Do all these pickups … Continue reading

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Sharing mountain roads with bicyclists

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last week, I was driving slowly down Old San Jose-Soquel Road in my very full four ton diesel Isuzu NPR commercial flatbed, which is 12 feet wide when the side mirrors are included. This road is … Continue reading

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Improving commercial vehicle safety keeps everyone on the road safe

When people think of the California Highway Patrol, they may think of state troopers monitoring the state’s highway for bad drivers, not auto mechanics poking around the inner workings of big rigs, buses, school buses, farm vehicles and other commercial … Continue reading

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