Q. Dear Honk: I tried the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Highway Patrol with no luck. My question: Is there a minimum size for a rear window? My wife has a convertible that had the top replaced. The window is like a porthole. She can’t see well enough to back up. We sure would like to know if her window is legal, and if we need to replace the top again.
– Gary Steinberg, Laguna Hills
A. Remember how in art class the teacher said if you need to make a cut in the construction paper to start small? You can always make it bigger?
Maybe the convertible-top experts can just enlarge that window.
Because your better half and those in her path are worth it. Or maybe you get a rearview camera. Or you guys become experts at using side mirrors, which can be a tad tricky.
“Rear windows are not required if the vehicle is equipped with two side mirrors,” said Rafael Reynoso, an officer and spokesman for the CHP in its San Juan Capistrano office.
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Q. Dear Honk: I have worn contact lenses for many years, with the prescription for monovision. I just had a consultation with an ophthalmologist who will be doing my cataract surgery and he told me that the state of California does not recognize monovision and that I would have a major problem if I was ever involved in an accident. I have friends who have chosen monovision, performed by other doctors. My ophthalmologist would just do regular cataract surgery, which corrects both eyes for distance and then I would need to wear glasses for reading. I’m basically trying to avoid having to deal with constantly moving my glasses on and off. I am wondering what the law actually is in this situation.
– Patti Kuhn, La Habra
A. When Honk pushes his readers back on his head, they partially cover his balding dome – or at least he tells himself that.
Monovision, by the way, is when one eye can see real well for distance, and the other can see things real well up close.
You will need to have at least 20/40 vision in one eye and 20/70 in the other and should go armed to a Department of Motor Vehicles office with a Report of Vision Examination, or DL 62 form, properly filled out by your vision specialist.
“She should bring the form in, when she comes in,” said Chris Orrock, a DMV spokesman.
Otherwise, you will fail the vision test.
To find the form, just Google “DL 62” and make sure you are on the official DMV site: dmv.ca.gov.
Patti, you will then likely have to take a driving test.
HONKIN’ UPDATE: Caltrans, you may recall, closed the vital Reseda Boulevard off-ramp on the westbound 118 in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles in April because of a sinkhole. Readers wondered why it was taking so long to reopen and Honk, last month, explained the state agency requested a city permit back in April and had to just wait for it. Well, Caltrans spokesman Eric Menjivar told Honk the permit is now in hand. “Work will begin the first week of October,” he said. “We anticipate (the required work being) completed by the end of 2022.” And the ramp opened by then, too.
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