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Behind the Wheel

Taking cyclists seriously

Dec 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

I found this tweet from a cyclist on southern Vancouver Island yesterday: A #RCMP told me today it was too dangerous to ride a bike on the roads and I should...

Do you have vision zero?

Nov 27, 2018 / 4:22 pm

ICBC's current corporate slogan is Building Trust, Driving Confidence. Pair that with last week's announcement of a $582 million loss for the first six...

Check your owner's manual

Nov 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

One of the loneliest books in the world might just be your vehicle's owner's manual. Consigned to the glove box, many never see the light of day until...

"N" Drivers Forever!

Nov 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

Does a novice driver have to take the test to become a fully licensed class 5 driver? While there is a limited time that a novice must remain in the Graduated...

Guard your penalty points

Nov 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

"I'll pay the fine, I just don't want the points." This is not an uncommon desire expressed by drivers prior to a traffic court hearing when...

A must-not-stop philosophy

Oct 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

I had an interesting conversation with @itsjim84 on Twitter this morning about the case law article I posted this week on driving over painted traffic islands....

Why did he just stand there?

Oct 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

When the drivers stop to give a pedestrian in a crosswalk the right of way, unless there is a compelling reason not to, the pedestrian should take it and...

It's winter tire time again

Oct 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

I remember when I was a teenager working in my father's service station. On the day of the first snowfall, our customers would be lined up in the driveway...

Something to be thankful for

Oct 9, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Traffic enforcement is a solitary effort for police outside of the province's municipalities. I've often wondered just how close I have come to...

Resistance to roundabouts

Oct 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

Change is good, that is unless the town wants to upgrade a busy T intersection with a roundabout rather than installing traffic lights. This is the situation in...

Pet peeves ahead!

Sep 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

Everyone has a pet peeve related to driving, right? I know what mine are, but I was curious about what others might say if I asked, so I did. My faithful weekly...

Distracting statistics

Sep 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

Distracted driving statistics - what to believe I received an interesting fact sheet from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) last week. It looks at...

Driving at night in the rain

Sep 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm

I am generally not a person who likes the rain, but as I sit with my coffee in hand looking out the window this morning. I'm happy to see it. No doubt, so...

School-zone lessons

Sep 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

Seven years ago, I wrote about a safe trip to school, commenting on my experience that a significant part of the safety problem was caused by teachers and...

Over in less than a minute

Aug 28, 2018 / 11:00 am

There's been a major crash that has injured or killed someone on one of our highways. The highway has been closed and everyone is being inconvenienced. The...

Space cadets on the road

Aug 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

More space equals more time. Think about that carefully for a moment as it should be a constant consideration for all drivers. Driving should be an action, not...

In the crosshairs

Aug 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

I never know what is going to wind up in the DriveSmartBC e-mail inbox, but it is bound to be entertaining, interesting, thought provoking or just plain letting...

Almost is not good enough

Aug 7, 2018 / 11:00 am

Twice in the last few days I have found oncoming drivers encroaching on my lane. There was no reason for it, such as an obstruction in their lane, that I could...

Can you pass a driver's test?

Jul 31, 2018 / 11:00 am

Testing a driver's knowledge at licence renewal What would happen if you had to pass the ICBC Drive Smart Refresher test before you renewed your...

Turn those hazards on

Jul 24, 2018 / 11:00 am

What do you have stored in your vehicle to protect yourself and other road users in the event of a breakdown or collision? Most of us will probably reply that...

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