Tag Archives: headlights

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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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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Live Oak neighborhood could use some TLC, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently moved into Live Oak area and I like it very much — the families, rich and poor, and the diversity of people. However, I am struck by a few issues that I hope you … Continue reading

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Bright head lamps lead to Toyota recall

Toyota is recalling 11,489 vehicles because their front lamp are too bright. Certain model year 2007-13 FJ Cruiser vehicles equipped with a Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kits mounted to the front bumper are impacted by the recall. The lamp assemblies … Continue reading

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Readers comment on recent Street Smarts topics

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for the column about headlights (Street Smarts, Feb. 14). It is by far one of the most important you have addressed. The system is hopelessly out of control and beyond solving. … Continue reading

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Headlight, fog light glare discomfort depends on age, gender

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I ride a bike and drive to and from work in the dark these days. Is it me or are cars headlamps getting brighter? Are more people driving with their brights on? Do all these pickups … Continue reading

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Factoids from ‘Ask the DMV’ newsletter

Every week, Street Smarts gets a newsletter from the DMV with interesting information that result from frequently asked questions. Here are a few of the topics featured in “Ask the DMV”: Individuals age 62 and older can apply for a … Continue reading

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CHP held to task regarding headlight-less drivers

Last week, Street Smarts ran a letter from a reader requesting that the California Highway Patrol make extra effort to cite motorists who are driving in the rain without their headlights on, as required by a two-year-old law. The CHP … Continue reading

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Add double-decker median divide to Highway 17, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Just north of the Santa’s Village Road exit on Highway 17, the center divide is double height for approximately one mile. Why does the rest of Highway 17 not have a similar height divider? The extra … Continue reading

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