Behind the Wheel

Improve your driving skills

Oct 25, 2016 / 6:00 am

One of our local newspapers has a Beefs and Bouquets section that I often find entertaining. Many of the beefs concern drivers who don’t follow the rules,...

Questioning the system

Oct 18, 2016 / 11:00 am

A mother questions the legal system "How do I deal with the legal system after my son was killed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel?" This was...

A near-miss story

Oct 11, 2016 / 6:00 am

I received a detailed e-mail from a lady who described walking beside Willingdon Road southbound in North Saanich during the early morning darkness. She paused,...

Check your rear-view mirror

Oct 4, 2016 / 11:00 am

Readers in Port Alberni and Kelowna have commented on drivers who stop to turn left between intersections and are then involved in collisions with drivers...

Bright ideas for fall driving

Sep 27, 2016 / 6:00 am

It was easy to tell that the first day of fall came on Thursday. All I had to do was check my e-mail inbox and count the bright ideas to remind everyone to...

Yellow means stop

Sep 20, 2016 / 11:00 am

Prepare to stop when yellow lights are flashing When my father-in-law from Quebec visited us years ago, he was impressed with the overhead sign with flashing...

Get out of the way

Sep 13, 2016 / 11:00 am

This is another instance of where most drivers would shake their heads and ask themselves, “Just what were they thinking?” I’m speaking of a...

Finding solutions

Sep 6, 2016 / 6:00 am

There is nothing like a near miss or collision to focus your mind on road safety. I often hear from people hoping to enlist my help in solving their problem....

Their lives are in your hands

Aug 30, 2016 / 6:00 am

This could be my 30th back-to-school article since I started writing about traffic safety. With that observation comes the question of how can I possibly write...

Do you have road sense?

Aug 23, 2016 / 11:00 am

The school bus is the safest method of ground transportation in Canada. According to the Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia,...

Truck stop(ping) blues

Aug 16, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Perhaps you saw news coverage of the commercial-truck collision on the Coquihalla Highway last Friday. Witnesses speculated that the tractor-trailer unit lost...

Where are all the cops?

Aug 9, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Why don’t I see traffic police at work? That was a topic of conversation among my colleagues when we sat down for a coffee break during a shift. Most...

Speed signs ignored

Aug 2, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Sign, sign everywhere a sign - and, if it's a speed sign, it's probably ignored. The article that I wrote two weeks ago concerning solving your own road...

Ignore noisy vehicles

Jul 26, 2016 / 11:00 am

The question this week revolves around vehicle noise in quiet neighbourhoods. Why don’t municipalities do more about it asks my correspondent. This may be...

It's your problem

Jul 19, 2016 / 6:00 am

People like to feel safe in their neighbourhood and would like everyone to obey the driving rules when they are in it. So, what do you do when this is not the...

Send a surrogate to court

Jul 12, 2016 / 7:00 pm

You’ve waited for your day in traffic court, and it’s drawing near. Trouble is, you can’t be there. What to do now? Send an agent, of course....

Fight that ticket

Jul 5, 2016 / 6:00 am

Dispute a traffic ticket penalty without attending court Are you guilty of the offence on the ticket, but can't pay the amount? In many cases, you can have...

The pedestrian scramble

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

How does a pedestrian scramble across the road? I had the pleasure of visiting Banff as a tourist this spring. The downtown area of the city has been remade...

Go! Go! Go!

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Is slow driving unacceptable? Argh! The driver in front of me is not doing the speed limit. I’ll admit I often feel this way, even when the speed...

A grumpy idea

Jun 14, 2016 / 6:00 am

Complaints Anonymous - A Traffic Violator Database Proposal I never know what I will find when I check the DriveSmartBC e-mail in-box. Today’s gem came...