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Behind the Wheel

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...

Make the right choices

Feb 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

We just renewed the insurance on our car. It cost us $764 for basic insurance coverage on our 2013 Honda CR-V. I can hardly wait for next year to see what we...

Speeders don't interest ICBC

Jan 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

Odds and Ends From the Inbox I've been trolling through the DriveSmartBC inbox for inspiration this morning. There are a lot of odds and ends there that...

App drives your attention

Jan 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

I've always been interested in driving and technology, so when I had the opportunity to combine the two, I jumped at it. Edriving provided access to their...

Fancy running into you here

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

The latest edition of ICBC's Quick Statistics proves once again that speed kills. So does impaired driving and distracted driving. The new rounded data...

Justice without a ticket

Jan 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

Restorative justice: An alternative to the traffic ticket Quite some time ago, I wrote about an initiative to trade your ticket for driver training. I was...

The wrong mindset

Jan 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

The "I Can Get Away With It" mindset I've written before about the three Es of road safety, education, engineering and enforcement. The...

Enhanced road assessment

Dec 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

The new year will bring changes to how drivers are re-examined to insure that they are safe to continue to drive. Current DriveABLE testing will be replaced by...

Building a case...

Dec 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

"The officer wasn't even there! How can they issue a ticket to me based only on the word of the other driver?" A question similar to this one is...

Driving safely in the fog

Dec 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

It's night and I'm driving into the grey cotton of fog caused by a lingering temperature inversion. Vision is limited, the roads are wet, it's just...

ICBC wants your help

Dec 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

It was a busy week in B.C. for road safety related announcements by our provincial government. ICBC announced a distracted driving technology pilot project,...

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