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DMV's touchscreen technology saves time & minimizes fraud

Q: The DMV now uses touchscreen technology to administer the driver knowledge exam. How is it different from the written test?

A: Instead of using a paper and pencil to the take the exam, simply touch the correct answer on the monitor. The touchscreen system guides you through the testing process and provides immediate feedback if you answer incorrectly. It is offered in English and Spanish, with more languages to be added.

Chevrolet Silverado is a good choice for those who really need a pickup truck

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The Chevrolet Silverado offers good power and handling.

As we noted in a recent review, pickup trucks are among the most popular vehicles in the United States, competing directly with sedans and SUVs for customers.

Barrels of ink and billions of pixels have been invested in explaining the phenomenon, but the appeal seems to be rooted in our frontier genes as much or more than in any rational need. The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4 LS DBL recently delivered to our driveway was an example of the automakers’ desire to meet that demand.

A true world vehicle

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The Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 features a five-cylinder engine packed with 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The 2016 edition has a base price of $43,500.

As an all-new design for 2016, the Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 is about as global as a car can get.

Be wary of warning lights – they really do help drivers stay safe

Every month we get several calls from customers concerned about warning lights and whether they need to bring their cars in for repairs.

Sporty Scion FR-S still moves the needle

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The 2015 Scion FR-S sports coupe is fun to drive, offering quick turning and responsive handling.

We had a blast checking out the latest Scion FR-S sports coupe, even though it’s received just a handful of primarily cosmetic upgrades since we drove the 2013 version.

Good grief, Charlie Brown, where are the Snoopy plates?

Q: I read that the DMV is going to issue license plates featuring Snoopy (from the “Peanuts” comic strip). How do I apply?

A: Before the DMV can implement a specialty license-plate program, 7,500 fee-paid applications must be submitted to the California Cultural & History Endowment Agency. To pre-order the Snoopy plates, visit snoopyplate.com.

State launches traffic ticket amnesty program

California’s new amnesty program to assist qualified drivers with paying unpaid traffic or nontraffic infraction tickets is under way.

Launched in October and set to run 18 months, the California Courts Traffic Tickets/Infractions Amnesty Program reduces fines by 50 or 80 percent, depending on income or receipt of specified public benefits.

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