Category Archives: travel

Child passenger safety during holiday travel season

The holiday travel season is upon us and millions of people will load their families into their cars and hitting the road to visit loved ones or escape from crazy, busy lives. Last week, Street Smarts published an interview with … Continue reading

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EV chargers getting damaged by users, replacement pending

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am noticing the EV chargers in downtown Santa Cruz are slowly disappearing. One by one, they are breaking and not being repaired. I drive an EV and one of the major incentives was free charging … Continue reading

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B40 Drive project heading out to bid soon

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live on Branciforte Drive and I am wondering if there is a start date yet to fix the washout on our road and the one on Glen Canyon. Last I heard, the contractor promised to … Continue reading

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Do not leave children in vehicles on warm, hot days

More than 4.6 Californians plan to travel more than 50 miles from home this Fourth of July weekend, according to AAA of Northern California. Of those, 3.7 million will drive to their destination. Whether you are planning to stay home … Continue reading

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Memorial Day weekend memories

How was your Memorial Day holiday weekend? Where did you go? How did you get there? What did you do? Share your holiday travel tale and it may appear in a future column and/or blog.

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Record number of Californians to travel this holiday weekend

AAA predicts this Memorial Day holiday weekend will bring out the second highest number of travelers in the Golden State since 2005, and the highest increase since the recession of 2008. The organization’s travel survey projects that nearly 4.3 million Californians plan … 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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The story behind speed limits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Why do we have speed limits? I find that by going the speed limit, I am actually an obstacle in the road for others to go around. People, in general, do not drive the speed limit. … Continue reading

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Safety tips for road warriors this turkey day holiday

Thanksgiving is Thursday and rain is in the forecast; snow is expected in higher elevations. If you are planning to hit the road to your holiday destination, here are some winter driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: … Continue reading

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Two new traffic cameras online in the Central Coast

Two new traffic cameras are now online for commuters and travelers alike on the Central Coast. One is located on northbound Highway 1 west of Morrissey Boulevard in Santa Cruz, while the other is on southbound Highway 1 at Sloat … Continue reading

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