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DMV can help steer you to a nearby traffic school

Q: How can I find a traffic school?

A: The DMV offers a list of licensed Traffic Violator Schools on its website. Visit dmv.ca.gov and type “traffic school location” in the search box for a complete list of schools.


Major fun in a minivan


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Day trips to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and San Carlos’ Hiller Aviation Museum, among other places, left the Andersons’ young visitors ready for their naps on the way home.

It’s no secret that the Bay Area is one of the top travel destinations for adults. But what should you do when out-of-towners with children are visiting?

When we hosted our nephew, his wife and their children last month, we found out. We took them around in a 2016 Toyota Sienna LTD Premium AWD minivan, which proved to be the perfect touring vehicle for four adults and two little ones in car seats.

Sienna proves to be a stylish, practical ride


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The 2016 Toyota Sienna offers ample room for passengers and cargo.

For all the miles we covered and places we visited in the Bay Area with our nephew and his family, the 2016 Toyota Sienna was ideal.

The car seats could be easily mounted on the second- or third-row seats. There was lots of room inside, with all sorts of power plugs and drink holders. Even with six people aboard, there was still good legroom in the second row. With two automatic sliding side doors and movable second-row seats, we could get out and back in again quickly. A substantial amount of cargo could be stowed behind the third row, and the automatic hatch made it easy to load the strollers and other paraphernalia that small children simply can’t travel without.

Fixing the mysteriously misfiring Outback

Last month I had a new customer come to me with his 2008 Subaru Outback. The man said that sometimes when he was driving, it felt like his car was being pushed from behind – as if another vehicle were bumping him.

I had never heard such a complaint before. The customer mentioned that he brought the car to the dealer twice and no one there was able to fix it. He was told that the only solution was to replace the transmission for $7,800. The customer, who’d already spent a lot of money on the problem, was getting frustrated.

It's not flashy, but new Honda Accord is still a joy to drive


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The 2016 Honda Accord 4D EX-L comes with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower.

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling family sedans in the U.S. for several decades, offering great resale value and good owner satisfaction.

That’s because Honda strives to make the Accord good at everything, while not trying to stand out in any way.

No need to visit DMV for registration renewal sticker

Q: My registration was suspended because I didn’t have insurance. I have now paid my $14 reinstatement and registration renewal fees, and my insurance company indicates that it has notified the DMV that I have insurance. Do I need to visit a DMV field office to obtain my registration renewal sticker?

A: No. Simply call our customer service center at (800) 777-0133 to inform the technician that you have paid your fees and need a registration sticker mailed to you. You will receive a call back to let you know that the suspension has been removed. You should receive your registration card and sticker within seven to 10 business days.

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric batteries, natural gas, hydrogen, and hybrids of any two all seemed like possibilities.


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