DriveSmartBC is an educational resource for drivers who travel on the highways of British Columbia. Do you have a question about road safety, traffic law or defensive driving and don't know where to look for the answer? If you don't find your answer here, please use the contact link above and say so!
The American Association of Retired Persons Driver Safety has teamed up with The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab to create a collection of ten short videos to explain safety technologies that are starting to appear in new vehicles. If you are shopping for a new vehicle the videos may make it easier for you to decide what you need to buy as an option or what you need to do more in depth research on before you commit to purchase.
According to the document, "This is our plan for keeping the province’s transportation network safe, efficient and reliable." The emphasis of the plan appears to be the expansion of highways in the lower mainland and four laning the Trans Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border to move goods and facilitate economic trade. There is also mention of the coastal ferry system, maintenance and rehabilitation as well as the expansion of public transit, cycling and other alternatives to single occupant vehicles.
Every so often I get asked to write about something that makes me pause and think for a moment. This article is one of those as the reader asked "Could you clarify what the law is in BC regarding offensive words, statements, illustrations etc. on vehicles in use on public roads? For example, I recently saw a truck advising anyone interested that the driver masturbates.
This document by the Center for Automotive Safety Research in Adelaide, Australia looks at the role that tailgating plays in rear end crashes. The researchers found that short gaps between vehicles were common in daily driving with the majority of drivers leaving only 0.5 to 1.0 seconds between vehicles.
News reports often tell of heavy commercial vehicles that lose a wheel due to loose wheel nuts like those shown in the photo below. However, this is just as likely to happen to light vehicles and trailers too. Having just installed my own winter tires, this is probably an opportune time to post the picture and remind everyone to review your owner's manual.
The next time you are at the front of the lineup waiting for the signal to turn green, watch the driver beside you. Many times when the traffic signal turns green they will immediately proceed without looking to the left or right for hazards or traffic already lawfully in the intersection. A green light doesn't always mean go.
The School Safety Patrol Program is a public service provided free of charge to elementary schools by the BCAA. Part of the CAA's School Safety Patrol Program it is recognized as an outstanding initiative for reducing injuries and deaths among 5-12 year olds.
Delores Lewis was required to take the computer based version of the DriveABLE test and failed. The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles directed ICBC to cancel her driver's licence. Reconsideration of this decision was possible if she was able to provide a report from her doctor indicating that she was medically fit to drive. This was provided and Ms. Lewis took the test a second time. The result of the second test indicated that her abilities had declined. Her licence remained cancelled.
You may have seen last week's minor media tempest regarding a grandfather who had consumed a few drinks and then hopped into the passenger seat to supervise his grandson, the learner driver. They encountered a police road check and grandpa found himself on the receiving end of an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) for blowing a fail.
We often wonder why the police don't charge drivers or seem to charge them with something that does not suit the driving crime. Keep in mind that in the case of a fatal or serious injury collision that it is not the police making the decision to charge the offending driver, it is Crown Counsel.