Tag Archives: Senior drivers

Give bikes 3 feet law begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, California’s new three-foot bike-passing law goes into effect. To spread the word and to dowse misconceptions, People Power will join local elected officials, as well as representatives from the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Police Departments, the … Continue reading

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Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … Continue reading

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AARP offers monthly senior driving safety course

Each month, AARP Safe Driver classes are offered monthly throughout Santa Cruz County with a goal of helping maturing drivers to maintain safe driving skills and, thus, their driver’s licenses for a longer period of time. The course costs $20 per … 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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Teaching older drivers to ‘Age Well, Drive Smart’

From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 9 senior drivers can learn ways to “Age Well, Drive Smart” from the CHP. Designed as an educational tool for older drivers, the program helps seniors brush up on their driving skills, refresh … Continue reading

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Seniors: When to ditch the car keys

In 1987, when my late grandma was 60, she voluntarily gave up her car keys. At that time, Jenny Kennedy Raines, who passed away last March due to heart failure, was still greatly independent and working a full-time job. Her … 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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Discussing safety on Highway 17

The Santa Cruz County Traffic Operations Oversight Committee and Safe on 17 Task force will meet 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at at the San Jose area CHP office, at 2020 Junction Ave., to discuss safety efforts along Highway 17. The group, … Continue reading

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AARP offers driver class in January

Start off the new year knowing the rules of the road and how aging impacts one’s ability to drive. The local chapter of AARP is offering its Driver Safety Program at the Louden Nelson Senior Center, 301 Center St., Santa … Continue reading

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Reporting loved ones who probably should not be driving the DMV

If you are worried about the driving capabilities of a senior loved one, there is help. You can try consulting with a senior driver Ombudsman who may want to chat with or write a letter to the driver you are … Continue reading

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