Behind the Wheel

Lost art of changing lanes

Oct 31, 2017 / 11:00 am

The sun is shining, the traffic is light and I'm enjoying my drive on the Inland Island Highway, headed to Qualicum Beach. The only vehicle nearby is a car...

I want my car simple again

Oct 24, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Today's high-tech cars have centre console mounted displays that allow anyone (including the driver) to play around with while in motion. It should be...

Dogs driving distraction

Oct 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

It looked like a drunk driver to me I was driving home from a family event about 9:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday night using the Island Highway. The vehicle in...

Are you a respectful driver?

Oct 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

What would it take to get you to drive respectfully? News Item: Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death (Globe and Mail, Sept. 20,...

It's winter tire season

Oct 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

Is summer over already? It seems that the lawn is just coming out of dormancy in my yard but night time temperatures have dipped below seven degrees. That and...

View from the police car

Sep 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

Traffic enforcement Supervisor for a day I had stopped a speeding driver and was serving a copy of the violation ticket to her when I noticed a pickup truck...

We need another sign

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

I live near a section of Highway 19 that travels through a built-up area. The highway changes from four lanes divided by a barrier with a posted speed of 90...

Be better than average

Sep 12, 2017 / 1:00 pm

My name is Tim and I'm a bad driver. I don't try to be a bad driver, quite the opposite in fact. I try to do my best when I get behind the wheel....

School year begins again

Sep 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

We place a high value on our children and signify that with school and playground zones. Traffic is required to slow to the lowest speed limit that we normally...

Your day in traffic court

Aug 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

"I'll see you in court!" This hollow threat often ended conversations at the roadside after a driver was issued a traffic ticket for a violation....

Get 'em off the road

Aug 22, 2017 / 11:00 am

Problems with vehicles can range from overdue maintenance to modifications that may be described as fashion over function. Responsibility for their correction...

Left-lane hoggers

Aug 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Why is Everyone in the Left Lane? More and more often when I drive on a busy highway, I'm finding much of the traffic jammed into the left lane, each driver...

A comedy of errors

Aug 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

Last week, ICBC rolled out a new road safety campaign called Drive Smart. It's aimed at increasing driver knowledge, promoting staying focused while driving...

What's your road attitude?

Aug 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

Perhaps the most effective way to improve road safety is by improving road-user attitude. If selfish and unsafe behaviours can be shown as detrimental and users...

Setting a bad example

Jul 25, 2017 / 11:00 am

It's not nice to take vicarious pleasure from the troubles of other drivers, but sometimes I can't help myself. Yesterday, I found myself No. 3 in line...

I'll Meet You in the Middle

Jul 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

Driving behaviour is a never-ending curiosity for me, so when I heard a conversation about the intersection of Haslam and Adshead roads south of Nanaimo, I had...

The 300 not saved

Jul 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

Some People Still Don't Wear Their Seatbelt I've gone from a child who rode on a foam mattress in the back of our family station wagon on summer road...

Go first, think second

Jul 4, 2017 / 11:00 am

I've started to take my own advice and back into parking stalls more often. There have been some unique experiences, mostly pedestrians that blithely march...

Go! It's acceleration lane

Jun 27, 2017 / 11:00 am

I saw it again the other day, a driver who was stopped at the beginning of an acceleration lane patiently signalling and looking for a large gap to join in with...

Navigating the HOV

Jun 20, 2017 / 11:54 am

I am blessed with a steady stream of questions that arrive from visitors to my DriveSmartBC web site. When I'm short ideas to base my weekly article on, I...