Tag Archives: tailgating

Distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel means less brain power for driving

Recently, Street Smarts received a letter from a reader who wanted to spread the word about the dangers of tailgating and, more specifically, driving while texting and/or talking on cell phones – even while using hands-free capabilities. You see, she … Continue reading

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Reader has advice for highway drivers in Santa Cruz County

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thank you for the work that you do. It is very appreciated. My concern is the section of Highway 1 from the Fishhook to Soquel Drive. Before the widening, drivers exiting Highway 17 during rush hours, were … Continue reading

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AARP releases spring senior driver education classes

This spring, drivers age 50 and up can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10-percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes offered … Continue reading

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Facebook group pays tribute to the dangers of Highway 17

One of the newest groups on Facebook is geared toward our very own Highway 17. “Not Crashing on Highway 17” was started on Feb. 22 because, as its creators says, not “many people are fans of crashing” on that winding, … Continue reading

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Do you follow me?

As you all know, I occasionally ride sidesaddle with law enforcement to get good topics of interest to share in Street Smarts. Earlier this week, I rode shotgun with Officer Sarah Jackson, the California Highway Patrol’s public information officer. For … Continue reading

Posted in California Vehicle Code, CHP, consumer affairs, DMV, driver education, Driver safety, Highway 1, Highway 17, motorcycle, motorcycle education, motorcycle safety, Motorcycles, Public safety, Senior drivers, tailgating, teen drivers, Traffic collisions, traffic hazards | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Have a tailgating problem? Pull over and let them by

If you’re driving in the left lane of a highway or on a two-lane road through the mountains and someone is tailgating you, get out of the person’s way by either changing lanes or pulling into a turnout up ahead. … Continue reading

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