Yesterday in a four hour period @ScanBC reported a half dozen vehicle / pedestrian collisions around the province on Twitter. Today while out walking during my lunch hour I watched a woman jogging with her back to traffic, in the lane instead of on the sidewalk, while wearing earbuds. A van squeezed between me and the curb as I crossed an intersection on the walk to my vehicle to get home. Are you surprised that these collisions are occurring?
The IIHS Status Report is published periodically, is a newsletter covering research and topics in the highway safety field. This edition reports on 3 models of minivan that have significantly poor small overlap collision performance, how two cars sold by major manufacturers in India fail to meet minimum safety standards and how ABS is a benefit to both high and low risk motorcycle riders.
Vision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The January 2015 edition includes:
During one of my Elder College presentations I work through a module on traffic signs and lane markings with the students. Driving examiners tell me that this is one area that older drivers have trouble with if they are called in for a re-examination. Based on discussions in the forum on the DriveSmartBC web site I can truthfully say that older drivers are not the only ones having difficulty with signs.
This snowmobile deck is missing lights and reflectors. Red clearance lamps on the back corners and yellow clearance lamps on the front corners are required as the deck is over 2.05 meters wide and the truck does not have lamps and reflectors in a position to fill this need. In addition to the lamps, a reflector is required on each corner matching the lamp colour.
This short video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety looks at how the driver can safely share the road with other types of road users. Pedestrians, motorcycles and heavy trucks are included in the presentation.
Sylvania's full page ad for Silverstar Ultra headlight bulbs caught my attention. See farther, see wider, see better read the banner. Up to 50% brighter light, 50% increased peripheral visibility, 40% increased downroad visibility and as much as 50 - 100 feet more visibility at night was promised. That sounds pretty good to me, maybe I should buy a set!
Sometimes your day just doesn't go right. This driver found himself driving the wrong way and trapped there by the median when he tried to turn left. Fortunately we both stopped before we ran into each other and I waited patiently while he decided what to do. The other oncoming lanes were too busy to try a U turn, so he chose to back out and continue, probably to the correct left turn bay.
With all the advertising in the media about impaired driving everyone should know not to drive their car or truck while under the influence. But what about other conveyances?