Q I had to chuckle at your column on California gas prices. Here in New Mexico, I'm finding it as low as $2.89 a gallon. Don't miss California at all except for my daughter and son-in-law.
Rio Rancho, N.M.
A Go ahead, rub it in. The national average stands at $3.28 per gallon, which is the lowest price of the year.
Missouri and Wyoming have an average below $3 a gallon and five other states have an average within a dime of this threshold. Lovely New Mexico is at $3.13 and California -- ouch! -- $3.72.
Q This is not important but it is driving me crazy. In this highly evolved high-tech world, why do wheels on cars in commercials still spin BACKWARD?
A It's an optical illusion. The rate at which the image is recorded on TV is something like 30 frames per second, but the wheels take just a fraction of that time to rotate one complete turn. That can make it appear as if the tires are rotating backward.
Q I just remembered that I had not renewed my registration and I had to pay a late fee. I usually receive a notice by mail but didn't receive any this time. I did send the DMV my change of address. How do I know what address the DMV has in my records?
A You can call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, and you will be asked for your previous address and new address.
Q I got a ticket Tuesday for driving in the bike lane more than 200 feet. Why? I had to get to work! I needed to turn right on Oakland Road from Hedding Street and Bob-the-Bike-Cop was targeting us people with places to go. If San Jose councilman Sam Liccardo hadn't made the area one lane, this wouldn't be a problem. Does he know how many days we do this? How far traffic backs up weekday mornings? When Hedding was two lanes each direction, traffic flowed. Now traffic stops.
Ticked-off Ticketed Driver
A This could set you back over $211. This is the first complaint I've received on the Hedding narrowing in weeks. My hope was that traffic had smoothed out. Am I wrong?
Q There is a manhole cover with large holes surrounding it in the fast lane of north Camden Avenue right where it goes under the 17 freeway and then turns into San Tomas Expressway. It has been there for at least a dozen years. Is there any chance of it ever being repaired so one's tires are no longer at risk and one does not experience bone-jarring bumps?
Clare and Marilyn Keeney
A Really, 12 years? Well this has to be fixed, and county road crews will be out Saturday to give you a smoother ride.
Q When are they going to add another merge lane on Highway 101 south between De La Cruz Boulevard and 87? It seems like a very straightforward way to reduce the miles of backups on 101 during the evening commute.
A There are plans, but it'll be several years before there is money to do this work.