Behind the Wheel

Your seatbelt can hurt you

Sep 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

Two women once appeared for trial on one of my traffic court dates. Both were disputing a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt under section 220(4) of the...

School's in: watch for kids

Sep 3, 2019 / 6:00 am

Today, at 8:07 a.m. marks the opening of the elementary school nearest to where I live. It’s time to think about school zones and school bus safety for...

The police and you

Aug 27, 2019 / 11:00 am

Stopped by the police - What do I do now? We live in a wonderful country where violence is still something relatively rare. If we are stopped by the police, we...

Psychology of speeding

Aug 20, 2019 / 6:00 am

This must be speed week as I have heard from two drivers who are having difficulty following the speed limits and one who knew that he was speeding and wanted...

Do you impede traffic?

Aug 13, 2019 / 11:00 am

Settling a debate about impeding traffic I've probably said this before, but when I applied the same tolerance under the speed limit as I did for those...

Watch for no zones

Aug 6, 2019 / 11:00 am

One of the critical concepts I learned as a collision investigator was that fully loaded heavy trucks have 50-60% of the braking capability of light vehicles....

Beefs, but no bouquets

Jul 30, 2019 / 11:00 am

Twenty years of traffic law enforcement experience has (mis)shaped what I find entertaining, so every Thursday I find myself reading the beefs in the Nanaimo...

Marking the lines

Jul 23, 2019 / 11:00 am

Line-marking crews have begun the annual task of refreshing markings on highways across British Columbia to help provide a safer drive for motorists. More than...

Electronic monitoring

Jul 16, 2019 / 11:00 am

Our current system of trying to change driver behaviour largely consists of traffic tickets, vehicle impoundment and driver's licence suspensions. They all...

Think ahead

Jul 9, 2019 / 11:00 am

The rain is pounding down outside this morning as I sit looking out my living-room window with tablet and coffee in hand. I'm warm and dry enjoying the idea...

Ghost memories on the road

Jul 2, 2019 / 2:58 pm

Reflections on Holiday Weekend Traffic This is a short trip down memory lane with a retired traffic cop: me. I've just recently completed a round trip from...

It's only 74 seconds

Jun 25, 2019 / 11:00 am

Flag Person: A High Risk Occupation If I were to ask you what a flag person's job was, what would you reply? Assure orderly movement of traffic through a...

Signal for goodness sake

Jun 18, 2019 / 11:00 am

Paul from CompetentDrivingBC often shares his insights here on DriveSmartBC. I like his explanation of whether to signal or not and decided to share it with...

Shining the light on scams

Jun 11, 2019 / 11:00 am

“I am thinking about upgrading the sealed beams on a vintage car to LED head lights. The LED head lights I'm considering are marked "DOT...

Ignoring your own safety

Jun 4, 2019 / 11:00 am

When I learned to drive more than four decades ago, seat belts were becoming standard equipment on all vehicles. Fast forward to today and we have seat belts,...

Police cars and traffic rules

May 28, 2019 / 11:00 am

In my travels last week, I was overtaken by a marked police vehicle traveling at 110 km/h in the posted 90 km/h zone. No emergency equipment was being operated....

Turning right in Sechelt

May 21, 2019 / 11:00 am

This all started with a simple question in my e-mail: "Are right-turn lanes allowed at four-way stop intersections?" The story evolved as I asked...

Watch the 4 corners

May 14, 2019 / 11:00 am

Where Are the Corners of Your Vehicle? The RCMP's advanced driver training course was without a doubt the most fun of any course many of the participants...

Distracted driving kills

May 7, 2019 / 11:00 am

@KostelecPlan asked a couple of good questions on Twitter. He wanted to know what the distracted driving laws in BC are and would I share my thoughts on media...

Clean those surge brakes

Apr 30, 2019 / 11:00 am

Spring has sprung and trailers that have slumbered through the winter are being dragged out of storage and dusted off for use. Check the air in the tires....