March 2, 2021



New Year’s resolution helped driver slow down: Roadshow

Q: A few years ago, my New Year’s resolution was “to better obey the speed limits.” I was not a speed fiend, but I would sometimes find myself going above the speed limit. Perhaps I’d turned off an expressway and not slowed enough, or I’d crept above 25 mph in a residential area. So I resolved to do better.

This did, indeed, help. Maybe others could try this.

Sally Warren, Mountain View

AT: We can hope. Traveling slower can be so relaxing, and heeding the 25-mph speed limit will endear you to nearby residents whose kids may be playing or bicycling nearby.

Q: Interstate 280 looks like the Woodside Grand Prix these days. Little Hondas, panel vans, big pickups doing over 80, weaving in and out to get around others driving sanely, and more. Where’s the CHP when you need them?

Edward Oates, Portola Valley

AT: Put this on your New Year’s wish list.

Q: I don’t recall seeing anything in your columns regarding the sample driver’s tests that DMV offers online. I take them periodically and find that there’s almost always something I don’t know or forgot. And they seem to still put in those tricky questions that you have to really think about. Good practice for everyone.

Roman Perry, Marina

AT: Go to for a look.

Q: We were driving on Highway 85 in lane number 2, and we needed to get over to lane number 3 because our exit was coming up. The freeway was crowded, with traffic moving at around 50 mph.

I put on my right blinker and looked behind me. There was a car about three car lengths back, so I waited for a few seconds for him to either pass me or allow me to move over. His speed was constant, so I safely changed lanes in front of him.