Tag Archives: consumer affairs

Readers minds on the move about idling

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for the information in (Monday’s) column regarding it taking less fuel to shut off and start an engine than is consumed in 10 seconds of idling. I thought the break even point was longer than … Continue reading

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Two left turn lanes better than one at Bay, Mission, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live near Bay and Mission streets. As you are probably aware, there is often a large backup on Bay. I┬ábelieve the backup could be largely fixed for the cost of some paint and perhaps a … Continue reading

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DUI is DUI no matter the substance of choice

When someone is convicted of driving under the influence, the punishment is the same whether that person was determined to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That’s according to Ask George, the DMV’s transportation column that address frequently … Continue reading

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Ask George contributes to Street Smarts

Below is a guest blog submitted by the Department of Motor Vehicle’s Ask George transportation column, which offers expert answers to motorists’ questions. Below are topics that are off the beaten path but are no less important to know the … 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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Keeping in touch with transportation issues via Facebook

Many agencies are turning to social media to keep the public informed about the projects they are working on and programs offered, as well as solicit public input. Below are just a few of the agencies Street Smarts has “liked” … Continue reading

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What to do when you see a flagger in a construction zone

You’re approaching a construction zone and a person in orange with a yellow vest is holding a sign that reads, “Stop” on one side and “Slow” on the other. What do you do? Are you legally required to obey the … Continue reading

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Some vehicle don’t need to be smogged, saves money

With gas prices expected to hit $5 per gallon by summer, that may have some people trying to think up ways to save money. Besides parking your vehicle and finding other ways to get from point A to point B, … Continue reading

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Tell us how to gauge distance, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In regard to Monday’s column, ‘Street Smarts: In absence of signs, when are U-turns allowed?,’ what is 200 feet comparable to? Giving information to drivers in a manner that is relevant to the situation would be … Continue reading

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U-turns 101

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Many Santa Cruz intersections have posted signs which either allow or prohibit U-turns. But what about unmarked intersections? Are U-turns allowed or prohibited? Gerald Sherman, Santa Cruz A: The rule of thumb, according to the California … Continue reading

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