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Behind the Wheel

No playing in the street

Jul 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

I grew up in a small town 50 years ago where the residential street we lived on was treated as an extension of the front yard by all the neighbourhood kids....

Fight for what you want

Jul 3, 2018 / 11:00 am

What happened the last time you decided to deal with a road safety problem? Were you successful in your quest? Were your views taken "for information...

Why should I behave...

Jun 26, 2018 / 11:00 am

... when I use the highway? The theme last week among those I follow on Twitter seemed to be "doesn't play well with others." Whether the subject...

Collisions and road closures

Jun 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

Hey, you'll know the answer to this, why are the police allowed to close the highway for so long to investigate a collision? I don't think that it...

Ready to stop driving?

Jun 12, 2018 / 11:00 am

Thoughts on the Decision to Stop Driving We have built our world around the convenience of the motor vehicle. Without one, our focus suddenly becomes much more...

Little things; big differences

Jun 5, 2018 / 11:00 am

I've been riding as a passenger in heavy traffic this past week and have had time to watch and think about what is going on around me. There are many small...

Conflict over right of way

May 29, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Right of way is given, not taken. Please read that again and think about what it means when applied to driving, cycling and walking. A sense of entitlement is...

Thoughts about ICBC report

May 22, 2018 / 11:00 am

I was curious about the outcome of ICBC's rate fairness survey, so I checked the box to be notified when the report became available. The notification...

It's motorcycle season again

May 15, 2018 / 11:00 am

Braap, braaaap, braaaaaaaaaap, chug, chug, chug, chug. Yes, it's motorcycle season again. Time for all of us "cagers" to start complaining about...

The trailer pre-trip check

May 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

There's nothing like a beautiful spring day to bring out the trailer that has sat unused since last fall. A lot can happen to a trailer while it sits idle...

Stop signs and red lights

Apr 17, 2018 / 11:00 am

"I almost lost my life at West Fourth and Blenheim in Vancouver this morning," reported a DriveSmartBC Twitter follower. "I was turning left. The...

A plan to fight that ticket

Apr 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

If you've received a ticket and have pleaded not guilty, you should prepare well ahead of time for the trial. Last week’s column told you what to do...

How to deal with a ticket

Apr 3, 2018 / 11:00 am

Here are my thoughts on what I would do if I received a violation ticket: Pull over and stop immediately. Produce all documents requested. You would be...

Electronic driver monitoring

Mar 27, 2018 / 11:00 am

Would you voluntarily submit to electronic monitoring of your vehicle in order to save money on insurance? I've been thinking about this lately in the...

Making bad drivers pay

Mar 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

Last week, we looked at how we might define a bad driver. Views were varied, but there were two well thought out responses that did more than just express an...

Are you a bad driver?

Mar 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

How do we define a bad driver? Have you responded to our provincial government's request for feedback on setting fair ICBC rates yet? The hope is to:...

Close call at crosswalk

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

A pedestrian pushing a child in a stroller and the driver of a van approach an intersection controlled by a traffic light with a pedestrian signal. Both the...

Slow down, move over, not!

Feb 27, 2018 / 11:00 am

On June 1, 2009, the Slow Down, Move Over law came into effect in British Columbia. Just in case you've never heard of it, when you approach an official...

What caused that crash?

Feb 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

What causes crashes and how do we know? The Capital Regional District Traffic Safety Commission has proposed time-over-distance-speed cameras in an attempt to...

Police can drive like that

Feb 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

The CFSEU was in the news last week, probably not in the way they would have liked. You may have seen the dash cam videos from Richmond showing a number of...

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