Turn on Your Lights!

Headlight SwitchIt's not often that I write about vehicles having too few lights illuminated. Too many, the wrong colour, using them in improper circumstances, yes, but everyone knows that they need to turn their lights on when it is dark or visibility is poor, right? Not so according to many e-mails sent to DriveSmartBC when daylight is in short supply.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Tires Too Wide for Vehicle Body

cameraHere is an example of tires that are too wide for the body of this pickup.

Section 7.06 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations requires that every vehicle, trailer and semi-trailer not constructed so that the spray and splash of water and mud to the rear of the vehicle is minimized shall be equipped with mudguards and, if necessary, mudflaps.

CAMPAIGN - Distracted Driving Enforcement Month

ICBC LogoDistracted driving remains the third leading cause of fatal car crashes in B.C., trailing behind speed and impaired driving. On average, 91 people are killed each year in B.C. due to driver distractions, such as using a hand-held electronic device behind the wheel.

That’s why today, the B.C. government, police and ICBC launched a month-long distracted driving campaign and are asking drivers to leave the phone alone and stay focused on the road.

Collision With an Animal, What to do?

Deer Crossing SignWhat is the responsibility of a driver who hits an animal, let’s say a dog or a cat? If it is daylight, I could knock on a door to ask whom the animal belongs to, but what if it is late evening or after midnight? I can’t see myself picking up a bloodied animal and putting it in my car to take to the SPCA – assuming it is open.

READING - Lighting and Safe Driving

Arrive Alive LogoArrive Alive is South Africa's road safety awareness web site. The page titled Lighting and Safe Driving is an interesting read  as it explains a very complex subject in layman's terms. How our eyes work, what kind of light we see best by and how that affects our ability to drive safely when it is dark makes interesting reading. A link at the end of the article to Road Safety & the Importance of Clear Vision is also worth a visit.

READING - IIHS Status Report, December 30, 2013

IIHS LogoThis issue of the Status Report looks at two broad topics: drinking or drug use and driving, walking and cycling as well as how softer vehicle fronts might reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.

Left Turns Into the Correct Lane

Left Turn SignalA Courtenay resident is upset with drivers that turn left from the Island Highway onto Ryan Road and fail to enter the first available lane. He identifies this as a problem for drivers traveling in the opposite direction on the highway wanting to turn right onto Ryan Road.

VIDEO - ICBC Road Safety Speakers

video iconI would like to introduce you to my friend Joan Parsons. Joan is an ICBC Road Safety Speaker and like all the other Road Safety Speakers in the program shares a very painful part of her life with you in the hope that you will choose not to drive while impaired, speed or fail to wear a seatbelt. If your audience is youth, read the ICBC Road Safety Speakers Resource Guide for more information.

VIDEO - Texting While Driving

video icon"This powerful video being used as part of a new campaign at high schools in the United Kingdom to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. With the help of actors and special effects, the video graphically shows the crash and aftermath of what could happen when a driver is distracted."

DriveSmartBC in the News - January 16, 2014

WarningI was quoted in today's edition of the Nanaimo Daily News in the article Not all Agree Speed Limits on Local Highways Should go up.

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