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Behind the Wheel

Turning left when the traffic light is red

Turning left when the traffic light is red

Jun 21, 2022 / 4:00 am

When I was relatively new to police work, I was patrolling behind a car that stopped at a red light with the left turn signal blinking. The next thing I knew,...

The rights and the duties of cyclists when riding on the road

The rights and the duties of cyclists when riding on the road

Jun 14, 2022 / 4:00 am

"Are there rules for riding bicycles?" a reader asked after narrowly missing a collision with a bicyclist. "They seem to ride wherever they feel...

When changing lanes don't force traffic behind you to tailgate

When changing lanes don't force traffic behind you to tailgate

Jun 7, 2022 / 4:00 am

I hope most drivers subscribe to the “two-second” rule under good driving conditions and increase the following distance when the situation is not...

International driving permits are not drivers' licences

International driving permits are not drivers' licences

May 31, 2022 / 4:00 am

Many people mistakenly call an international driving permit (IDP) an international driver's license. Their belief is that the IDP alone allows them to drive...

Pedestrians, protect yourselves when walking at night

Pedestrians, protect yourselves when walking at night

May 24, 2022 / 4:00 am

Every year, an average of 52 pedestrians are killed and 2,400 are injured in collisions on B.C. roads. These incidents typically take place at night or when...

Things to remember when selling a vehicle

Things to remember when selling a vehicle

May 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

"Would you write about selling a vehicle? I have friends who sold a car and months later they received information that the car was in an impound lot. The...

When drivers say 'show me the radar reading'

When drivers say 'show me the radar reading'

May 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

"I want to see the radar / laser reading!" This was always a signal to me (as a police officer) that the traffic stop was going to be a difficult...

When police break the rules of the road it must be justified

When police break the rules of the road it must be justified

May 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

I received this comment. “I want you to focus your writing on the driving behaviour of many police officers. I realize not all of them only follow the...

Moving licence plates not as simple as just using a screwdriver

Moving licence plates not as simple as just using a screwdriver

Apr 26, 2022 / 4:00 am

Moving licence plates from one vehicle to another is not just a simple matter of being able to use a screwdriver. Many people run into trouble when they try to...

Tough penalties in B.C. for those caught street racing

Tough penalties in B.C. for those caught street racing

Apr 19, 2022 / 4:00 am

An incident that took place in Surrey last month was headlined as “street racing,” which brings to mind the following questions: How is "street...

The rules for turning right at a red light

The rules for turning right at a red light

Apr 12, 2022 / 4:00 am

Here is another request from a reader, who writes: “If you have not commented on right turns at red lights you might want to consider it. I see so many...

Know the rules for carrying dogs in vehicles

Know the rules for carrying dogs in vehicles

Apr 5, 2022 / 4:00 am

Just mention the words "truck ride" and our dog becomes your shadow. Like most dogs, she refuses to be left behind when someone is going for a drive....

Getting into the issue of merging

Getting into the issue of merging

Mar 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

One correspondent observed "It seems that drivers in B.C. generally have a big problem when it comes to merging. In this case let's say from two lanes...

Smart driving can save both fuel and lives

Smart driving can save both fuel and lives

Mar 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

I wrote this article 14 years ago when gas prices rose by six cents a litre between leaving for work and driving home one day. The information I shared then...

Rules regarding proper display of vehicle licence plates

Rules regarding proper display of vehicle licence plates

Mar 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

The humble licence plate has but one job, to positively identify the vehicle it is attached to. Without license plates, how would we know who owns the vehicle?...

There are rules to follow when turning at an intersection

There are rules to follow when turning at an intersection

Mar 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

Intersections are dangerous places. Yielding the right-of-way is probably the main concern, but the path you travel through and intersection is just as...

Explaining the rules about making u-turns on B.C. roads

Explaining the rules about making u-turns on B.C. roads

Mar 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

I never know what I am going to receive in my e-mail regarding this column. Recently, it was a tongue-in-cheek request to save a marriage by settling a...

Entering an intersection on a new green ight

Entering an intersection on a new green ight

Feb 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

I watched the drivers on either side of me the other morning, on my way to work. We were stopped waiting for a red light and I could see that both of them were...

Rules of the road when it comes to passing on the left

Rules of the road when it comes to passing on the left

Feb 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

According to Tuning Up For Drivers, on page 102, passing other vehicles is a manoeuvre that should be used sparingly. If you’re behind a vehicle...

Anti-lock brakes require a special technique for proper use

Anti-lock brakes require a special technique for proper use

Feb 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) have gone from being a novelty to being present on most vehicles today. Have you read and understood the section of your vehicle...

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