Category Archives: driver education

Black Friday shopping for new tires

I spent a portion of Black Friday waiting patiently in the frigid cold to take advantage of a deal on tires. For months now, I have been keeping a close eye on my tire tread wear. For awhile there, I … Continue reading

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Turn signals are not a thing of the past

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I noticed lately that only about 25 percent of the vehicles on the road now days use turn signals when making turns, changing lanes, merging, etc. I even see police, fire, and parking control vehicles not … Continue reading

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Teen drivers learn to ‘Start Smart’

Traffic collisions continue to be the leading cause of death for young people ages 15-20 years old. As a result, the CHP invites new drivers and their families to attend its free workshop, called Start Smart. This course discusses traffic … Continue reading

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More bicycle safety education needed

Today‚Äôs guest column about bicycle safety is from the Community Traffic Safety Coalition, an organization that advocates for improvements to make all modes of transportation safer. In December, the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency and the Community Traffic … Continue reading

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New green bike lane markings make cyclists more visible on road

Editor’s note: Today’s column was contributed by Amelia Conlen, director of People Power, a nonprofit that advocates for cycling safety and facilities in Santa Cruz County. Learn more about People Power at http://www.peoplepowersc.org/. Contact Conlen at (831) 425-0665 or director@peoplepowersc.org. … Continue reading

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Cyclists: take the traffic lane, choose alternate route at Soquel from B40 to Ocean

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, I am writing to ask why there is no bicycle lane from the Branciforte Street intersection with Soquel Avenue to Ocean Street. Bicyclists are forced to ride on the sidewalk, risk their lives, and … Continue reading

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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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Handling tailgaters

Tailgaters are annoying. When one is riding my back bumper, I get out of their way as soon as possible. I mention this because there’s a story out of Auburn in which a couple of young women were traveling on … Continue reading

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Headlight rule needs repeating, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your recent column, you wrote about some safety tips. I wish you would repeat one of them. You stated, “Turn on your headlights when it’s rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast.” I am appalled at how … Continue reading

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Transportation projects on hold due to rain

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Do you have any information as to why the city of Santa Cruz has not yet striped either Laurel Street or Western Drive? The paving on both was finished by mid-November and it has now been … Continue reading

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