Category Archives: weather

Black Friday shopping for new tires

I spent a portion of Black Friday waiting patiently in the frigid cold to take advantage of a deal on tires. For months now, I have been keeping a close eye on my tire tread wear. For awhile there, I … Continue reading

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Headlight rule needs repeating, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your recent column, you wrote about some safety tips. I wish you would repeat one of them. You stated, “Turn on your headlights when it’s rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast.” I am appalled at how … Continue reading

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Transportation projects on hold due to rain

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Do you have any information as to why the city of Santa Cruz has not yet striped either Laurel Street or Western Drive? The paving on both was finished by mid-November and it has now been … Continue reading

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Talking tire safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Good points [in Monday’s column on wet weather driving tips]. One of the most critical points was missed — tires. Tires without sufficient tread or tires that are too old and have become hard will easily … Continue reading

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Saving children from hot cars

Ever since Mother Nature turned up the thermostat, public safety advocates on the national, state and local levels have been using the media — including Street Smarts — to host education campaigns about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles … 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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Reader offers sun to shade driving tips

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Street Smarts seems to be a good place to mention the dangers of driving from sun into shadow. I was driving on Conference Drive in Mount Hermon a while back when I came very close to … Continue reading

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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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Culvert work on Hwy 152

Granite Construction of Watsonville is performing some culvert repair work on behalf of Caltrans along Highway 152 near Hecker Pass. A small culvert failed east of Casserly/Carlton roads near Watsonville. The $125,000 project aims to improve roadway stability. Drivers are reminded … Continue reading

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Caltrans doing its part to conserve water in drought conditions

Sure we’ve been getting rain this week and a couple storms may be on the way next week but it may not be enough to ease drought concerns due to lack of rain this winter. In fact, this year is shaping … Continue reading

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