Category Archives: fuel conservation

Saving money and the environment using the RTC’s eco-driving tips

If you drive everyday or are thinking about hopping in the car for a road trip during the upcoming holiday weekend… Accelerate and stop your car gently. Doing so can help you save more than $1 per gallon of gas, … Continue reading

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Reader offers street smart New Year’s resolution

Recently, Street Smarts asked readers for their transportation-related New Year’s resolutions. Below is a submission from Nanci Ryker-Judd via Facebook: “I want to buy a smaller car so I can save gas driving from Boulder Creek to Capitola every day. … Continue reading

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Tired of buying tires? Education, road repairs key

Before going on a road trip, I put my car in the shop, usually for work I had been putting off for awhile. This week, I bought new tires. While I had read that tires should last about 3 years, … Continue reading

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Gas prices up 12 cents in a month, AAA reports

Your eyes aren’t fooling you. Gas prices are up, way up this month over last month. AAA of Northern California reports the average price of gasoline in the Golden State jumped 12 cents since the agency’s last report Nov. 9. … Continue reading

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Car Care Month tips from AAA

October is AAA’s Car Care Month and the auto club is reminding drivers to avoid costly repairs — and help the environment — by keeping their vehicles well maintained. “Knowing what maintenance should be done on your vehicle, and when, can save … Continue reading

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Push up that pant leg, Bike to Work and School Day is coming

Hang up your car keys and dust off your bicycle, Bike to Work and School Day is next Thursday. The Oct. 7 event will be the 12th annual offering by Ecology Action, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living. “The … Continue reading

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Earth Day: Does saving the world by driving less mean the demise of well-maintained roads?

Earth Day is the kind of holiday that makes you think about the things you can do to save the world. Among them, may be to cut down on your fuel consumption, which reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released … Continue reading

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County: Not enough money to repair all roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The two-mile section of Vine Hill Road from Highway 17 to Mountain View Road, also, Mountain View up to Old San Jose Soquel Road is in desperate need of re-paving. I have driven these roads for … Continue reading

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Honda tops AAA’s list of best commuter cars

AAA of Northern California has named its top nine automobiles for commuting. Honda takes up three of those spots, followed by Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Subaru, Chevrolet and Mazda. Researchers for AAA drive hundreds of cars annually and the criteria they … Continue reading

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The skinny on motorized scooters

To try to save money on gas and maneuver around gridlock, some of you may be thinking about getting a motor scooter. Motorized scooters are two-wheeled devices that have handlebars, a floorboard for you’re your feet to rest or to … Continue reading

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