Tag Archives: traffic hazards

Summer is deadly for teen drivers; AAA offers safety tips

The 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most deadly for teenaged drovers between the ages of 15 and 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The high number of deaths during the summer months … Continue reading

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Wear your seat belt

If you plan to be among the 3.2 million Californians AAA estimates will head out on a road trip this holiday weekend, make sure you wear your seat belt. Law enforcement officers statewide — and across the country — will … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. To commemorate, Street Smarts will periodically post safety information pertinent to riding a motorcycle. Today’s rule comes from Pete Peterson of Driver’s Yoga: When traveling behind a car, truck or other motor vehicle, try to … Continue reading

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How cars and bicycles are supposed to interact

Last Monday’s column regarding rules of the road for bicyclists generated emails from readers who wanted more education about the ways drivers and bicyclists should interact on the roadway. Keeping in mind that bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities … Continue reading

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Street Smarts’ bike rules incorrect, incomplete, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Reading your column on 4/26/10 in the Sentinel, I saw a common mistake: you advise cyclists to ride ‘as far as possible to the right.’ Let me clarify the law and the practice of safe riding … Continue reading

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Sun is shining, time for bicycle safety review

As the number of sunny days start to outnumber those that are rainy, more of us may ditch our cars and turn to our bicycles for transportation or recreation. If that’s the case for you and your family, consider following … Continue reading

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County: Not enough money to repair all roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The two-mile section of Vine Hill Road from Highway 17 to Mountain View Road, also, Mountain View up to Old San Jose Soquel Road is in desperate need of re-paving. I have driven these roads for … 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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AAA offers ‘Tipsy Tow’ for St. Patty’s Day revelers

If you and your friends are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a few drinks, you may not want to test whether the luck of the Irish is with you by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle in … Continue reading

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Safety on Hwy 129 questioned after recent crash

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I just read the article about the fatal accident on Highway 129 today. I have contacted you about this before but I can’t believe the lack of CHP patrol along this highway. I would really like … Continue reading

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