Behind the Wheel

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...

Stuck-in-traffic thoughts

Dec 25, 2018 / 7:21 pm

Have you ever given any thought to how efficiently traffic lights control the flow of vehicles? I found out last Friday at 5:30 p.m. as I travelled the 7.6...

Ticking the boxes is costly

Dec 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

Commercial vehicle maintenance is carefully regulated in our province. Power units are subject to inspections at a designated inspection facility every six...

Fear of police retaliation

Dec 11, 2018 / 11:00 am

Last week, we looked at the story of a cyclist who was told by a constable that it was too dangerous to ride a bike on the road and he should find another...

Taking cyclists seriously

Dec 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

I found this tweet from a cyclist on southern Vancouver Island yesterday: A #RCMP told me today it was too dangerous to ride a bike on the roads and I should...

Do you have vision zero?

Nov 27, 2018 / 4:22 pm

ICBC's current corporate slogan is Building Trust, Driving Confidence. Pair that with last week's announcement of a $582 million loss for the first six...

Check your owner's manual

Nov 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

One of the loneliest books in the world might just be your vehicle's owner's manual. Consigned to the glove box, many never see the light of day until...

"N" Drivers Forever!

Nov 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

Does a novice driver have to take the test to become a fully licensed class 5 driver? While there is a limited time that a novice must remain in the Graduated...

Guard your penalty points

Nov 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

"I'll pay the fine, I just don't want the points." This is not an uncommon desire expressed by drivers prior to a traffic court hearing when...