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How to steer clear of deer on the road

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Deer – like these in Los Altos Hills – are most active after dark, making them even more dangerous to drivers.

Deer activity is greatest from October through December, according to animal experts, which means drivers need to be especially alert in more rural areas – like Los Altos Hills – where plenty of deer roam the roads.

Often, a deer colliding with a car can result in significant property damage and even life-threatening situations. According to the nonprofit Insurance Information Institute, on average, deer-vehicle collisions cost $2,800 per insurance claim, and the cost increases to $10,000 if there is an injury involved.

Breaking down a problem with brakes

I recently had a customer bring in the family’s 1998 Lexus LS 430 for a major service. During the vehicle inspection, we noticed that the antilock braking system (ABS) warning light was on.

A getaway to Glen Ellen in sporty new Audi TTS

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The 2016 Audi TTS Coupe, parked at the Glen Ellen Inn near Sonoma, has a fuel efficiency rating of 25 mpg in combined driving.

Sometimes the best break from work is a short getaway to a quiet spot.

Hydrogen haven

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Russ Ayres recently leased a Hyundai Tucson powered by hydrogen. The five-passenger SUV has a range of 265 miles. The nearest fueling station is in San Jose, but others are planned for Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto as soon as 2017.

Automobiles powered by hydrogen fuel cells have been discussed for at least 20 years as a future solution for zero emissions.

Exploring the Presidio: In and around town in two hybrids

Photos Courtesy of Gary Anderson
Despite the price difference between the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, above, and the Hyundai Sonata the two cars share a number of features.


The Presidio of San Francisco has existed as a settlement and military post since the Spanish established it to protect San Francisco Bay in 1776,

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