Category Archives: Senior drivers

Factoids from ‘Ask the DMV’ newsletter

Every week, Street Smarts gets a newsletter from the DMV with interesting information that result from frequently asked questions. Here are a few of the topics featured in “Ask the DMV”: Individuals age 62 and older can apply for a … Continue reading

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Wet weather tips for drivers, cyclists ad pedestrians

Rain is in the forecast all weekend long, as well as at least one day next week. Here are some tips to help you get to your destination safety from the California Office of Traffic Safety, with a few additives … Continue reading

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Reporting loved ones who probably should not be driving the DMV

If you are worried about the driving capabilities of a senior loved one, there is help. You can try consulting with a senior driver Ombudsman who may want to chat with or write a letter to the driver you are … Continue reading

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Left turn from far right lane on Clares onto 41st illegal

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I found it interesting that in your column, Thursday, Oct. 4, nothing was mentioned about the left turn from Clares Street onto 41st Avenue coming from Trader Joe’s. This also changed in July. Now, it’s not … Continue reading

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Highway 1/9 intersection improvements coming down the pike

Dear Street Smarts, Q: An easy solution to a major backup northbound Highway 9 at Highway 1 can be improved by eliminating the left turn at Fern St. Paul Krug, via email A: “While closing Fern to left-turns would help … Continue reading

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AARP Driver Safety course offerings for August

Motorists who have been driving for decades and wish to brush up on the rules of the road, as well as learn how aging and medications impact their skills behind the wheel can sign up for AARP Driver Safety course. … Continue reading

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Us vs. them: Can bicyclists and motorists get along on Santa Cruz County’s roads?

Santa Cruz County touts itself as being laid back and a cycling-friendly mecca. But is it? Every time anything cycling related appears in this column, rage comes out. This past Thursday’s column is a perfect example. Verbal single finger solutes … Continue reading

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July 4th holiday road trippers should get ready and be set before they go

The Fourth of July is coming up in about a week and a half, and many of you are thinking: Road Trip! If you are planning to hit the road, it would be wise to put your car in the … 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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Crosswalks can be marked — or not, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As far as I can remember, the California Vehicle Code says that when two roads intersect, there’s an implied crosswalk — whether it’s painted or not, pedestrians have the right of way. But I’m finding that … Continue reading

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