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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.

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.

WORTH READING - Empower Children in Road Safety

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Exclamation Mark SignEvery now and again I run across something that makes me stop and say to myself "I wish that I had thought to write about that!" Today's example dropped into my inbox from the One Crash is Too Many web site and it's about empowering your children in road safety. The particular part that struck me was teaching your child that they are not to accept a ride from someone that doesn't provide a seatbelted position for them to ride in. If this does occur, they should politely refuse the ride and call you for help. It's simple and effective!

Convicted for Impaired Driving in Alberta - Can I Drive in BC?

Keys and DrinkThe basis of this story comes from an inquiry posed by a young man who moved from BC to Alberta for work and was convicted for drinking and driving. He lost his job and was forced to move back home. The Justice of the Peace at the courthouse in Alberta advised that his driving prohibition was for the province of Alberta and that this should not stop him from obtaining a BC driver's licence when he returned home. The Justice of the Peace was not correct.

CASE LAW - Borgjford v Thue

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BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe matter at trial is the liability for a serious collision that took place on the Coquihalla Highway in an area known as Larson Hill on August 11, 2011. A pickup truck and camper driven by Mildred Eileen Boizard was travelling southbound in the rightmost of 3 southbound lanes at a speed of between 80 and 85 km/h in the posted 110 km/h speed zone. She overtook two tractor-trailer units, one in her lane and one in the center lane. Mrs. Boizard decided to pass and carefully changed to the leftmost lane and remained at her travel speed even though the truck she was driving was capable of a faster speed in the circumstances.

Avoiding Penalty Points

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Violation Ticket TopOne of the recurring themes in the DriveSmartBC Discussion Forum involves avoiding penalty points after a driver has received a traffic ticket for committing a hazardous moving violation. Often the driver realizes that they have erred and are willing to pay the fine but want to avoid having penalty points assessed for the transgression. Avoiding penalty points is particularly important to drivers in the Graduated Licencing program who will be prohibited from driving at a low point threshold, but professional drivers and those with a poor driving record are also concerned.

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