Tag Archives: driver education

Bikes and cars

In recent weeks, Street Smarts has published letters from people trying to understand the new Three Foot For Safety Law, as well as those seeking to educate the public about it. One common question was about the way drivers are … Continue reading

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Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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An education in ‘Sharrows’

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I travel through this stretch of Soquel Avenue at Branciforte in the morning on my daily commute. Even though as a strong and experienced cyclist I can easily hit 25 MPH sprinting on flat ground, I … Continue reading

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Mercedes recalls 253K vehicles due to tail light issue

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC is recalling 252,867 certain model year 2008-2011 C300, C300 4Matic, C350, and C63 AMG vehicles because a poor electrical ground connection may cause the dimming or failure of the tail lights. This then could mean other motorists on the … Continue reading

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Put the brakes on passing cyclists by crossing double yellow, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, A: Every day, someone driving in the oncoming lane in Santa Cruz veers over the line into my lane to avoid a bicycle or car. The correct prescriptive in this situation is to put on one’s brakes … Continue reading

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Where to turn when emergency lights and sirens approach on Hwy 17

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives questions from readers who are too shy to give their name. Here’s one of them: “Just a quick question prompted by some accidents during rush-hour on 17 this past week in the rain. … Continue reading

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When water falls from the sky, will you remember how to drive?

Weather forecasters predict that rain is in our future this week. Since we haven’t much of it and some of us may be out of practice, here are some tips to help remember wet weather road rules from the California Office of … Continue reading

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Universal Grapevine

Tune into Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine show, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 on KZSC 88.1 FM. The show is broadcast live online at http://www.kzsc.org/. We’ll talk about all things traffic and Street Smarts related, including how I came to write … Continue reading

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60 is not old, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think your column is a very good idea. I usually think you do a good job with it but I think you greatly missed the boat with your recent column on elderly drivers. First, 60 years … Continue reading

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Rainy, snowy weekend driving tips

Rain and snow are in the forecast for this weekend. If you must leave the warmth of the indoors for a journey in your ride, here are some tips to follow to help get you there and back from the … Continue reading

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