Behind the Wheel

Let's block the road

Feb 18, 2020 / 11:00 am

When I was posted in the Okanagan in the 1990s, I was answering phones in the detachment dispatch office. A caller from Summerland asked what would happen if he...

Can stop kid from driving

Feb 11, 2020 / 11:00 am

A young person's brain is not fully matured until the age of 25. The prefrontal cortex manages executive functions such as impulse control and weighing...

30 km/h in residential areas?

Feb 4, 2020 / 11:00 am

Currently the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act sets a speed limit of 50 km/h on municipal streets when a different speed limit has not been posted by signs. A recent...

Traffic fine revenue changes

Jan 28, 2020 / 6:00 am

We don't hear a lot about B.C.'s Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program except when the government is handing out grants to the municipalities. The money...

The difficulty with stop signs

Jan 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

One wouldn't think that stopping at a stop sign would be such a problem for drivers. It seems relatively simple, come to a complete stop, look both ways and...

How not to get hit by a car

Jan 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

I read an article recently about conspicuity for police officers working on the highway. It suggested that the reflective vests and jackets that we use to stand...

Car insurance crash course

Jan 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

Chances are good that when you think about car insurance, your first thought is about how much it is going to cost you rather than how well it is going to...

Driving the line

Dec 31, 2019 / 12:57 pm

We Need Better Lines and More Reflectors Here's another complaint from the DriveSmartBC Inbox: "Please speak to the situation that I call the...

Was the supervisor drunk?

Dec 24, 2019 / 11:00 am

The Only Thing a GLP Driver Supervisor Cannot be is Dead In case you missed it, the alcohol-impaired supervisor of a learner driver ran afoul of police in...

Wear your seat belt properly

Dec 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

We all know that the law requires that we wear our seat belts when driving. The Motor Vehicle Act says in part: "…wear the complete seat belt...

Monitored by an app

Dec 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

What I've Learned from a Year of Driver Monitoring I've been driving with eDriving's Mentor app for about a year now and know that it has made...

Is it safe to open your door?

Dec 3, 2019 / 6:00 am

Imagine the surprise of the motorist at a collision I once investigated. He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it...

Crosswalk chaos

Nov 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

Someone needs a timeout for their approach to school crosswalk safety I pick up my grand daughters one afternoon a week at their rural elementary school. The...

Trouble after buying vehicle

Nov 19, 2019 / 11:00 am

This inquiry arrived in the DriveSmartBC inbox last Thursday: "I bought a used newer truck from a dealership and was told prior to signing the final...

See you when you're 80

Nov 12, 2019 / 11:00 am

Sometimes I think that our system is designed to keep us in the driver's seat. Even in an urban area, you need a vehicle to get around with convenience....

Meeting Goliath on highway

Nov 5, 2019 / 11:00 am

Reporting commercial transport traffic violations Most car drivers feel like David when they have an uncomfortable encounter with a Goliath-type commercial...

Producing your licence

Oct 29, 2019 / 11:00 am

"I've got 24 hours to produce it, don't I?" and "It doesn't matter, I know my licence number." Those had to be the two most...

Skid marks tell a story

Oct 22, 2019 / 11:00 am

Tire marks left on the pavement at a collision scene tell the investigator many things about the events involved in a motor-vehicle collision. One common...

Get the light out of my eyes

Oct 15, 2019 / 11:00 am

Glaring fog lights One of the most common complaints I hear that is not about a moving violation concerns the use or misuse of lights on vehicles. Here is one...

Keep your windows clear

Oct 8, 2019 / 6:00 am

I received yet another great topic suggestion, and one that is timely for another reason entirely. “I carry a Handicap parking permit. When I was first...