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Behind the Wheel

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...

A must-not-stop philosophy

Oct 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

I had an interesting conversation with @itsjim84 on Twitter this morning about the case law article I posted this week on driving over painted traffic islands....

Why did he just stand there?

Oct 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

When the drivers stop to give a pedestrian in a crosswalk the right of way, unless there is a compelling reason not to, the pedestrian should take it and...

It's winter tire time again

Oct 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

I remember when I was a teenager working in my father's service station. On the day of the first snowfall, our customers would be lined up in the driveway...

Something to be thankful for

Oct 9, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Traffic enforcement is a solitary effort for police outside of the province's municipalities. I've often wondered just how close I have come to...

Resistance to roundabouts

Oct 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

Change is good, that is unless the town wants to upgrade a busy T intersection with a roundabout rather than installing traffic lights. This is the situation in...

Pet peeves ahead!

Sep 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

Everyone has a pet peeve related to driving, right? I know what mine are, but I was curious about what others might say if I asked, so I did. My faithful weekly...

Distracting statistics

Sep 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

Distracted driving statistics - what to believe I received an interesting fact sheet from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) last week. It looks at...

Driving at night in the rain

Sep 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm

I am generally not a person who likes the rain, but as I sit with my coffee in hand looking out the window this morning. I'm happy to see it. No doubt, so...

School-zone lessons

Sep 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

Seven years ago, I wrote about a safe trip to school, commenting on my experience that a significant part of the safety problem was caused by teachers and...

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