Behind the Wheel

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...

Is hitch-hiking Illegal?

Jun 13, 2017 / 11:00 am

In case you missed it, there was a publicized furore on Saltspring Island last week concerning hitch-hiking. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure...

Ultimate selfish driving act

Jun 6, 2017 / 11:00 am

While out for a walk the other afternoon, I approached a driver who had stopped in his lane, in a corner, to talk to a couple of pedestrians on the other side...

Few exceptions to this rule

May 30, 2017 / 11:00 am

Operation of unlicensed motor vehicles If it has a motor, gasoline or electric, and you operate it on a highway, chances are you need a driver's licence and...

New-driver restrictions

May 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

B.C.'s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) was implemented to develop driving skills in a safe, step by step manner. Today, they are a widely accepted,...

Website warrior tells all

May 16, 2017 / 11:00 am

Things I've Learned From Running a Road Safety Website The DriveSmartBC website has been in existence for just over nine years now. It has been and...

Stop, even if there is no train

May 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

I'm lucky to be part of Vancouver Island University's Elder College program. It's one of 18 similar programs throughout British Columbia and is...

Be careful where you park

May 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

According to Reinventing Parking, our cars sit idle for 95 per cent of the time. This means that we need a proper place to store them when they are not being...

Lost in a roundabout

Apr 25, 2017 / 11:00 am

Round and round the roundabout Roundabouts and traffic circles are not new to British Columbia, but if the complaints in my inbox are any indication, they are...

Fast laser nails fast drivers

Apr 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

Measuring vehicle speed with laser I can remember the anticipation when our highway patrol unit was issued it's first laser speed measuring device, an LTI...

Make way to give way

Apr 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

Sirens! I'm being overtaken by an ambulance on the way to a call. Signal, move out of the right lane onto the shoulder and stop. Traffic around me seems to...

2 kinds of driving errors

Apr 4, 2017 / 11:00 am

I watched a woman run a stop sign the other day while I was out for a walk. I knew she travelled this route often and she should be familiar with stopping...

But I didn't know!

Mar 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

I often prowl through driving forums on the Internet searching for interesting topics of discussion. The following quote came from a site in Kelowna. Sadly, not...

Slaps on the wrist

Mar 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

Sometimes, when I read articles on road safety, I come across one that really resonates with me. A story from 2008 written by Paul Hergott titled Drivers Need...

Convenience vs. catastrophe

Mar 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

Some incidents encountered during a career in policing stick with you for life and sometimes resurface later on as lessons learned. This memory involved a...

Distracted Driving Month

Mar 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

Hey, you! Yeah, you! Put the phone down and pay attention to where you're driving. In 2015, police wrote over 44,000 traffic tickets for distracted driving...

Tough being a pedestrian

Feb 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

Our provincial driving manual Learn to Drive Smart devotes an entire chapter to the See, Think, Do method. See: The pedestrian waiting to cross the street in...

Know before you go

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

February was not a good one for many drivers in B.C. with the weather-related closures of three major east-west highways. Contractors generally keep our roads...

Don't plow me in!

Feb 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

No one likes to spend significant effort shovelling their driveway only to have the plow come by and fill it in again. Most of us grumble and get to work, but...

An agent in traffic court

Feb 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

"I'm not a lawyer," reads the e-mail, "I'm a grandfather, but I want to be able to help my grandson dispute a traffic ticket. "At...