Behind the Wheel

The two-way left-turn lane

May 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

A two-way left-turn lane is often found in larger towns and cities running down the centre of a multi-lane highway. It is easily identified by the combination...

There's more to the tug test

Apr 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

Chances are good that your trailer has been slumbering, forgotten, in the back yard over the winter. Spring is here so we'll just hook it up and go. A quick...

Always leave yourself an out

Apr 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

Do you plan to avoid trouble when you are driving? A defensive driver always tries to maintain a space cushion around all four sides of their vehicle. The habit...

Do we want safe roads?

Apr 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

According to media reports, some drivers are taking advantage of the current light traffic conditions to behave badly. When stopped by police and ticketed for...

Telling it like it is

Apr 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

Commentary driving is a useful tool for teaching a new driver. They narrate their observations, interpretations and intentions about the traffic situation as...

Perpetuating mediocrity

Mar 31, 2020 / 11:00 am

I once stopped a vehicle being driven at 96 km/h in a posted 50 km/h construction zone. Approaching the passenger side, I spoke with the woman in the front seat...

Which signs are which?

Mar 24, 2020 / 11:00 am

Regulatory and advisory signs Drivers are often confused about the difference between a regulatory sign and an advisory sign. A regulatory sign generally has...

Ignore them, they'll go away

Mar 17, 2020 / 11:58 am

Last September, a Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) asked me to help establish a crossing-guard program. The Ecole Oceanside Elementary School PAC in Parksville...

Making safe lane changes

Mar 10, 2020 / 11:00 am

Mirror, signal, shoulder check, move. These are the four steps for a successful lane change. Simple enough one would expect, until you watch what goes on around...

Get your eyes on the road

Mar 3, 2020 / 11:00 am

#EyesFwdBC! It's distracted driving campaign time. ICBC tells us that distracted driving is responsible for 26% of collision fatalities in B.C. each year....

Driving on the shoulder

Feb 25, 2020 / 11:00 am

Our highways are not for the exclusive use of motor vehicles. Bicycles, pedestrians, equestrians and others may be expected to use their fair share of the...

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...