Tag Archives: Department of Motor Vehicles

The Street Smarts of Brake Failure

Picture it, you’re driving along on Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz when your brakes go out. What do you do? Below are tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles on how to handle your car should you have brake … Continue reading

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When buying a used car, who pays the registration fees?

Today’s blog topic comes from the Department of Motor Vehicles: A vehicle owner who pays to register their car is not entitled to a refund should they decide to sell it. “Vehicle registration is inherited with the sale,” according to … Continue reading

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Car buyers should know their rights

Thinking about buying a car? If so, you should know your rights. Below is a list of car buyer’s rights from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Dealers of new and used cars must provide an itemized price list for items … Continue reading

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Removing points from your driving record

Today’s blog topic comes courtesy of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Q: How does one remove points from their driving record? A: Having points on your driving record is not a good thing. They may be the result of traffic … Continue reading

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Moving? Make sure to tell the DMV

Are you moving? Whether its from one neighborhood to another, one town to another or even out of the state or country, you must tell the Department of Motor Vehicles your new address. You can do this online to www.dmv.ca.gov, … Continue reading

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Avoiding aggressive drivers during the holidays

With the holidays upon us and everyone in a rush to get their shopping done, patience may be running at a premium on the roads. Here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles on dealing with an aggressive … Continue reading

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On the beat with the CHP

In an attempt to keep this blog current and hip, I try to arrange ride alongs with local law enforcement. On Wednesday, I rode with the California Highway Patrol. Expect to see blurbs about that ride in upcoming columns. Here’s … Continue reading

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Cycling expert questions Street Smarts on hands-free cell phone law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your recent publication that bicycles are not subject to cell phone laws is incorrect. California Vehicle Code section 21200 states that ‘Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway has all the rights and is subject … Continue reading

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Tips on safety, procedure and more from the DMV

Today’s Street Smarts tips come directly from the Department of Motor Vehicles, which emails me weekly with some good tidbits for every scenario. Below, I’ve compiled some topics that have and have not been addressed in this blog, or offer … Continue reading

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Reader questions the reasoning behind front license plates

Dear Street Smarts,   Q: I have asked this previously — months ago. The answer was incomplete and the question remains. Must an automobile have a front plate? The vehicle code isn’t much help:   Display of Plates 4851.  Every license plate shall have … Continue reading

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