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Behind the Wheel

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....

The wisdom of Google

Apr 23, 2019 / 11:00 am

I just finished reading an article titled "Old People Should..." in the May 2019 edition of the Reader's Digest. It explained that we could find...

Drivers turning left

Apr 16, 2019 / 11:00 am

Alexander Zacher was walking to work early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2014 in Tsawwassen. He followed the walk signal on 12th Avenue at the intersection of 52nd...

Please! Not so close!

Apr 9, 2019 / 11:00 am

Last week must have been Following Too Closely Week in British Columbia. I received the story of an incident in Sooke, an analysis of a video from Richmond and...

The ICBC 'dumpster fire'

Apr 2, 2019 / 6:00 am

ICBC premiums are rising. The corporation is losing billions; we have to get costs under control! Let's put out the ICBC dumpster fire by reducing what we...

Keep right except to pass

Mar 26, 2019 / 11:00 am

Left-lane hogs were back in the news again this week. The CTV Vancouver news story that I watched complained that drivers were not being held to account by...

Making the right stop

Mar 19, 2019 / 11:13 am

Oceanside Community Safety is a group of volunteers that want to make a difference. Their Traffic Watch program is an expansion of Speedwatch that now includes...

Pay attention this month

Mar 12, 2019 / 11:00 am

Distracted Driving Awareness Month It may be something that you are actually aware of or it may just be another buzz in the background of your life, but March...

Parking lot showdown

Mar 5, 2019 / 11:00 am

Asking for people to send me their thoughts at the end of last week's article resulted in one of the largest responses I've ever received. Ultimately,...

Going bump in a parking lot

Feb 26, 2019 / 11:00 am

This is a short story about things that go bump in the parking lot. The outcome could have been a lot simpler with a bit of courtesy and the sharing of required...

Coping with snow and slush

Feb 19, 2019 / 6:00 am

When it comes to winter in the "warmer" areas of British Columbia, I don't think anyone does a better job of making fun of bad drivers than...

Painted lines and symbols

Feb 12, 2019 / 11:00 am

Our government spends about $11.3 million each year to paint the markings on our highways. These painted lines and symbols guide us by setting our lateral...

Tinted: to see or not see

Feb 5, 2019 / 11:00 am

One of my preferred enforcement practices was to use an unmarked car and drive in the right hand lane at or just under the speed limit. This gave me plenty of...

The lowly licence plate

Jan 29, 2019 / 11:00 am

The licence plate has one purpose: to quickly and easily identify the vehicle that it is attached to. This is important enough that a whole division of the...

Roadside inspections

Jan 22, 2019 / 11:00 am

Many people think traffic policing consists mostly of handing out speeding tickets. This is not the case as there are many other job functions that officers are...

Do this when pulled over

Jan 15, 2019 / 11:00 am

It is possible that a careful driver could pass their entire driving career without being pulled over by the police. It's a situation that is not covered in...

School traffic problems

Jan 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

The Parent Advisory Council for Hans Helgesen Elementary School near Victoria wanted to solve pedestrian safety issues on Rocky Point Road. The council was...

Ideas from the Twitterverse

Jan 1, 2019 / 6:00 am

For this column I turned to the loyal followers of @DriveSmartBC on Twitter, asking what they felt was important to review. Within a very short time, I had...

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