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Behind the Wheel

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...

Stay in your lane

Oct 1, 2019 / 6:00 am

Are some of us such sloppy drivers that we can't even stay between the lines on the highway? I was driving home from work and met a pickup truck completely...

Patrolling intersections

Sep 24, 2019 / 11:00 am

I've been asked to comment on why intersections are not patrolled as often as highways. The person making that request observed that there is a significant...

Wet weather driving

Sep 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

Welcome to wet-road season in British Columbia. Some areas are blessed with this situation more often than others, but drivers need to be aware of the perils of...

Your seatbelt can hurt you

Sep 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

Two women once appeared for trial on one of my traffic court dates. Both were disputing a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt under section 220(4) of the...

School's in: watch for kids

Sep 3, 2019 / 6:00 am

Today, at 8:07 a.m. marks the opening of the elementary school nearest to where I live. It’s time to think about school zones and school bus safety for...

The police and you

Aug 27, 2019 / 11:00 am

Stopped by the police - What do I do now? We live in a wonderful country where violence is still something relatively rare. If we are stopped by the police, we...

Psychology of speeding

Aug 20, 2019 / 6:00 am

This must be speed week as I have heard from two drivers who are having difficulty following the speed limits and one who knew that he was speeding and wanted...

Do you impede traffic?

Aug 13, 2019 / 11:00 am

Settling a debate about impeding traffic I've probably said this before, but when I applied the same tolerance under the speed limit as I did for those...

Watch for no zones

Aug 6, 2019 / 11:00 am

One of the critical concepts I learned as a collision investigator was that fully loaded heavy trucks have 50-60% of the braking capability of light vehicles....

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