Category Archives: hybrid vehicles

Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … 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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Who’s paying for free EV charging stations, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona, you wrote in last Thursday’s Street Smarts column about free parking and charging for electric vehicles that ”The electricity cost are also subsidized as only a public utility can charge for power usage,’ Granlund said.’ … 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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When life’s changes mean buying a new car

On Tuesday, I traded in my old compact car for a bigger car with better gas mileage. That sounds weird to say. Typically, people trade in big, gas guzzling vehicles for zippy little cars that are more friendly to the wallet … Continue reading

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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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Clean air stickers can transfer ownership, not vehicles

Today’s Street Smarts topic, borrowed from the Department of Motor Vehicle’s weekly newsletter, is about clean air stickers for hybrid vehicles. If you buy a used Toyota Prius that has such a sticker attached to its bumper, can you transfer … Continue reading

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