Tag Archives: Driver safety

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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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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Wet weather driving tips

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. If driving is part of your plan that day, here are some wet weather driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: ◾Make sure your windshield wipers are clean and work properly. Also, clean … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … Continue reading

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Welcome to Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is an all too common situation where a driver’s brain thinks the right foot is on the brake pedal, but the foot is actually on the gas pedal. Typically the drivers in these cases claim … Continue reading

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Crashes involving large trucks means death for those in the other vehicle

Fact from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Passengers in vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks are more likely to die as a result on that collision. “In 2011, 3,757 people were killed in motor-vehicle crashes involving a large … Continue reading

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Confusion at NB Hwy 1, Salinas Road lead drivers wrong way

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thank you for your valuable column. Just a quick note. I have commuted between Aptos and Salinas for 23 years. I have seen many dangerous situations but now I see that we have inadvertently caused a … Continue reading

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Transmission problem behind recall of more than 800K Honda vehicles

Honda is recalling 807,161 model year 2003-04 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles, as well as 2003-06 Acura MDX vehicles because their transmissions may allow drivers to remove the ignition key when the affected vehicles are not in “Park.” This can allow … Continue reading

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