Category Archives: fuel conservation

Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … 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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Reader questions free parking, fueling for EVs in public parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: At the corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets, there is one of the few remaining free parking lots downtown. In that lot, is an electric car charging station and two electric car parking spaces. I suspect … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz County is getting ‘Plugged In’

Ecology Action is hosting an workshop to help the electric vehicle curious determine if they can curb their gas-powered car 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 877 Cedar St. Several EV owners will be there to discuss life with the … Continue reading

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Electric rental cars now available at Hertz

Folks who need a rental car that uses zero gasoline can turn to Hertz Rental, at 132 Center St. in Santa Cruz. Ecology Action has been working with local car rental centers to add plug-in electric vehicles to their fleets. … Continue reading

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Transportation grant aims to save lives

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is the recipient of $120,000 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant funding will greatly enhance our work with collaborative partners in public safety, schools and community-based groups … Continue reading

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Holiday driving, safety

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope you safely celebrate this holiday with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to your turkey day holiday celebration, keep in mind that AAA predicts 43 million people nationwide who … Continue reading

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Life with a plug-in electric car

Editor’s note:Today’s column is courtesy of Cheryl Schmitt, transportation coordinator for the city of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Earlier this year, Schmitt became the proud owner of a Th!ink City electric vehicle. She estimates that she saves about $100 … Continue reading

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Slowing down saves gas, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your column a while back about saving gas by slowing down to 60 mph convinced me to do just that. I stay in the slow lane and try not to go over 62 mph. To be … Continue reading

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Pain at the pump an incentive to commute green

With gas prices inching upward, consumers should know there are things they can do to reduce the pain at the pump. The buzz is that gas prices could sore to $6 if, say, a hurricane were to strike an oil … Continue reading

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