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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.

Dogs and distracted driving How to ensure safe travels for you and your pet

With the busy travel season in full swing, many people are hitting the road with their families – which often include their pets.

To ensure safe travels for everyone, Tripswithpets.com reminds families that traveling with an unsecured pet is a real and dangerous distraction to those behind the wheel.

Two transportation options for less than $30,000

The Kia Optima LX, left, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offer quality vehicles at an affordable price point.

We never cease to be amazed these days at how much automobile a family can buy for a very reasonable amount of money. Cases in point: the completely redesigned 2016 Kia Optima LX medium sedan for $27,415 and the updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport midsized crossover SUV for $28,845.

Diagnosing a recurring problem with an emergency brake

In January, one of my customers brought in his 2011 Subaru Outback. He claimed that his electric emergency brake took an hour to release, and when he was driving with the emergency brake released, the emergency brake light would continue to flash. Of course, when we test-drove the car, we could not reproduce or confirm the problem.

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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