Category Archives: tailgating

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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Today’s Start Smart class canceled to honor fallen SCPD officers

Today’s Start Smart class has been canceled and those who planned to attend are invited to the next regularly scheduled course April 25. The change is to allow consideration of Thursday’s memorial service for two Santa Cruz Police officers killed … 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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Distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel means less brain power for driving

Recently, Street Smarts received a letter from a reader who wanted to spread the word about the dangers of tailgating and, more specifically, driving while texting and/or talking on cell phones – even while using hands-free capabilities. You see, she … Continue reading

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Encountering road rage

On Facebook recently, a friend described an incident in which she was driving in her hometown when an inattentive driver almost pulled out from a side street and hit her. The other driver met her at the nearby stop light … Continue reading

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Reader has advice for highway drivers in Santa Cruz County

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thank you for the work that you do. It is very appreciated. My concern is the section of Highway 1 from the Fishhook to Soquel Drive. Before the widening, drivers exiting Highway 17 during rush hours, were … Continue reading

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What to do if you’re pulled over by a police officer.

Is it me, or are there more police officers on the road lately? Now that the sun is out, more people are out on the road and the cops are keeping their eyes peeled for wrong-doers. If you get pulled … Continue reading

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AARP releases spring senior driver education classes

This spring, drivers age 50 and up can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10-percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes offered … Continue reading

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Facebook group pays tribute to the dangers of Highway 17

One of the newest groups on Facebook is geared toward our very own Highway 17. “Not Crashing on Highway 17” was started on Feb. 22 because, as its creators says, not “many people are fans of crashing” on that winding, … Continue reading

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AARP offers classes for senior drivers

In coming days and weeks, senior citizens can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10 percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes … Continue reading

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