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Behind the Wheel

Are you smart, road user?

Mar 22, 2016 / 1:15 pm

The way we were I grew up in a small town where there were no sidewalks to speak of. As children, we didn't pay much attention to the rule that required us...

Park and tow

Mar 15, 2016 / 1:00 pm

The woes and tows of parking in the wrong spot Picture leaving your car in the parking lot at the mall, only to discover that it is no longer where you left it...

Distracted driving

Mar 8, 2016 / 5:00 pm

When we think of distracted driving, most of us immediately consider cell phone use. While this might be the most common example used in distracted driving...

Don't be a drifter

Mar 1, 2016 / 11:47 am

Stay in your own lane Part of the road near where I live has a set of winding curves on a steep grade. I seldom drive this stretch of road without encountering...

Beware the morning after

Feb 23, 2016 / 8:57 pm

Party Hearty! Some people seem to make a contest over how much alcohol they can drink and still function. Early in my policing career, it was not uncommon to...

The respectful driver

Feb 16, 2016 / 3:00 pm

The Respectful Driver - Fact or Fiction? I've been reading Moving to Vision Zero: Road Safety Strategy Update and Showcase of Innovation in British Columbia...

How not to get run over

Feb 9, 2016 / 7:00 am

In Castanet News last week, there was a story about a Surrey family hit by a car while using a newly marked crosswalk. Two young children were seriously...

It won't happen to me

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:59 pm

Have you ever met anyone who admits to being less than a good driver? Probably not. You know, in your own mind, that you are an excellent driver, just as you...

Do you know the rules?

Jan 26, 2016 / 12:02 pm

The interaction I have with others on the subject of driving and traffic laws is always very interesting. Some people illustrate their points with incorrect...

Nothing but a tax grab

Jan 19, 2016 / 12:43 pm

"This is nothing but a tax grab!" These words are often spoken by drivers after signing to acknowledge receipt of a violation ticket. I can...

Stop! But when?

Jan 12, 2016 / 6:00 am

Where to stop at a stop sign? Would you believe me if I told you that the positioning of a stop sign at an intersection has nothing to do with where you must...

You're on the wrong side

Jan 5, 2016 / 6:00 am

Why are you on the wrong side of the road? If you watch one of Canada Post's community mailboxes for a day, you will almost certainly see someone drive up...

Reporting vehicle pollution

Dec 22, 2015 / 6:00 am

A visitor to the DriveSmartBC site asked the following question: "I have seen a few trucks driving around residential areas that are really polluting. I...

Variable speed limits

Dec 15, 2015 / 6:00 am

Finding a safe travel speed when road conditions are iffy can be a hard call. I can recall responding to a crash on a icy divided highway where both the...

Driving without thinking

Dec 8, 2015 / 6:00 am

Unless you are the only vehicle on the highway (and one can never be entirely certain of that), you are one piece in a two dimensional puzzle that must fit in...

The selfish driver

Dec 1, 2015 / 6:00 am

Driving should be about cooperation, not a contest. My point of view has been influenced by four decades of driving experience, 25 years of collision...

Drive for Uber? Maybe not

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:00 am

Uber is a company that develops, markets, and operates the Uber app, an app that allows potential passengers with smartphones to submit a trip request. The...

Feeling the pressure?

Nov 10, 2015 / 6:00 am

It was time to find a set of winter tires for my wife's Honda CR-V, so it was off to Honda for a set of steel wheels, a check with Consumer Reports for the...

Convicted in Alberta

Nov 3, 2015 / 6:00 am

“I was convicted for impaired driving in Alberta, can I drive in BC?” asks a young man who had moved from BC to Alberta for work, and had been...

Avoiding penalty points

Oct 27, 2015 / 6:00 am

One of the recurring themes on the DriveSmartBC Discussion Forum involves avoiding penalty points after a driver has received a traffic ticket for a hazardous...

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