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The Selfish Driver

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Road RageDriving should involve co-operation, not a contest. There is no doubt that my point of view has been influenced by four decades of driving experience, 25 years of collision investigation and daily observation of what goes on around me when I drive. Yes, I am one of "those drivers." I use the right hand lane, do my best to follow the speed limit and feel like a rock in the stream. I have come to expect to see constant examples of sloppy, selfish driving and am pleasantly surprised when I see someone extend courtesy. It should be the opposite.

CASE LAW - Little v Einarsen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is definitely an odd case! It shows the value of doing regular vehicle maintenance and keeping the receipts to account for it.

Jason Little was walking across the parking lot of a pub in Nanaimo when he was hit from behind by an unoccupied vehicle owned by Lisa Einarsen. Ms. Einarsen had parked the car at the top of the parking lot, set the parking brake, thinks she left it locked and in first gear and went into the pub. Mr. Little sustained significant injury and at the time of the trial some 6 years later could not return to his work because of those injuries.

Should I Drive for Uber?

Uber LogoShould I become an Uber driver? It looks like a good way to pick up some easy money and provide a lower cost service to people at the same time. Before you visit the Uber web site and sign up, you should consider very carefully what risks you might be taking and how it could affect you. That little bit of pocket money could quickly become a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to covering your losses if a collision should occur.

RESOURCE - Winter Driving Safety Course

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Shift Into WinterAimed at employers, this free on line winter driving safety course will help them prepare a winter driving safety program for their employees. The complete course takes 2 to 3 hours of study and is a joint effort of the Justice Institute of BC and WorksafeBC. Those who finish the course will be able to request a record of that fact. Why should an employer participate? The ultimate payoff is to avoid winter related crashes and their costs, but employers are increasingly being held accountable if they fail to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

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Question MarkWhat do I do about a dangerous road situation? The person asking this question is referring to a stretch of city street where two lanes become three when the street is joined by a freeway off ramp. This 3 lane street is about half a block long before it reaches a T intersection where it is popular to make a right turn. Drivers in what has become the middle lane often make that turn from the middle lane without any consideration for traffic in the curb lane.

RESOURCE - Community-Based Toolkit for Road Safety Campaigns

TIRF New LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation announces the release of a community based toolkit for road safety campaigns. The kit is meant to assist a community in the creation of an effective road safety campaign that focuses on issues of local concern. It contains a series of issue-specific fact sheets related to campaign effectiveness, stakeholder engagement, campaign development, messaging, branding, social media and evaluation.

EVENT - Workplace Road Safety Workshop, Fort St. John 2015-11-24 and 25

Road Safety At WorkThis hands-on workshop is designed to help participants develop or improve a road safety program within their organization that follows best-practices.

EVENT - Workplace Road Safety Workshop, Dawson Creek 2015-11-26

Road Safety At WorkThis hands-on workshop is designed to help participants develop or improve a road safety program within their organization that follows best-practices.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and Winter Tires

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Black ice is a hazard here on Vancouver Island and the best defence is a good set of winter tires. They are designed to help hold the road better than M+S rated all season tires and it's now time to find a set for my wife's Honda CR-V. I'm fortunate to be able to afford what I want, so it was off to Honda for a set of steel wheels, Consumer Reports for the best tire choices and then the retailers for the best price. I thought that I had it all wrapped up until I remembered the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

RANT - Distracted Driving

Rick Mercer Report LogoRick Mercer's latest rant sums distracted driving up by saying that we must do all that we can to avoid the irony of stupid death by smartphone.

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