Behind the Wheel

There are rules about parking, stopping and even standing vehicles

Jan 18, 2022 / 4:00 am

Parking, stopping or standing, what's the difference and why is it important to you as a driver? Recognizing these road signs and knowing what is allowed...

Putting the use of vehicle driving lamps in the spotlight

Jan 11, 2022 / 4:00 am

A reader asked: “Are you allowed to drive with both headlights and driving lights on at the same time?" The question was prompted by the person's...

Why is the highway designed that way?

Jan 4, 2022 / 4:00 am

Do you ever wonder why some aspect of the highway you are driving on has been designed that way? It starts with the Transportation Association of Canada's...

How to avoid being stuck in an intersection

Dec 28, 2021 / 4:00 am

Lately I have noticed a number of drivers who have entered an intersection on the green traffic light, intending to make a left turn and then backed up instead...

How many traffic tickets did police write in B.C.?

Dec 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

In the past, if you were curious to find out about the traffic tickets issued by B.C. law enforcement officers, you could either read a PDF document published...

Dealing with snow plowed across the end of your driveway

Dec 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

No one likes to spend significant effort to clean the snow off of their driveway only to have a snowplow come by and fill in the highway (roadway) end of it all...

When and how to use your vehicle's high beam headlights

Dec 7, 2021 / 6:00 am

B.C.'s provincial driving guide, Learn to Drive Smart, says the following about using your high beam headlights: "Use the high beam setting only on...

Coloured lights tell us something about vehicles

Nov 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

The lights our vehicles are equipped with serve two important functions. They allow us to see and they allow us to be seen by other road users. The messages...

Slow down and move over when emergency vehicles are on the road - it's the law

Nov 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

B.C.’s Slow Down, Move Over law came into effect more than two decades ago. When an official vehicle is stopped at the side of the highway and displaying...

Equipment needed to warn others of a vehicle breakdown

Nov 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

What do you have stored in your vehicle to protect yourself in the event of a breakdown or collision? Most of will probably say they don't have anything...

How police measure vehicle speeds using laser devices

Nov 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

Have you ever wondered about the instruments that the police use to measure vehicle speeds on our highways? My favourite tool was LIDAR because it gave me the...

'I can't walk fast enough for the pedestrian signals'

Nov 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

“No matter how quickly I start to cross once the walk light comes on or how fast I walk, I can make it only halfway across and by then the orange flashing...

Backing into a parking space is often a better choice

Oct 26, 2021 / 6:00 am

A number of readers contacted me after I told a story about a man walking behind me when I was preparing to back out of a parking stall. These readers all...

If you drive, don't drink and if you drink, don't drive

Oct 19, 2021 / 6:00 am

Whoosh! A car overtook my police vehicle at 144 km/h in the posted 110 km/h zone. It's dark at 11:30 pm and at that speed, any animal or object on the road...

The rules for tinted windows on automobiles are clear

Oct 12, 2021 / 6:00 am

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

Shedding more light on the ue of fog lamps

Oct 5, 2021 / 6:00 am

A previous article on driving lights led to a number of requests to write a follow up article on fog lights. The original question involved vehicles that were...

Knowing what right of way means is important for drivers

Sep 28, 2021 / 6:00 am

Right of way means the privilege of the immediate use of the highway over other users. We often speak of it, but do we really know what it means in relation to...

Consequences of driving without a licence can be harsh

Sep 21, 2021 / 6:00 am

A reader has asked: "What would happen to me if I was caught driving without a drivers licence?" It is a question that will expose serious...

New drivers need to know, and follow, the rules

Sep 14, 2021 / 6:00 am

My girls attend high school and, daily, I watch as many of the students fill their cars with friends while displaying the "N" reports a reader. The...

When highways are closed

Aug 31, 2021 / 6:00 am

We have come to expect that our highways will always be open to us to use at any time under all conditions. When something occurs, such as a serious collision,...