Transfer of Licence Plates

BC License PlateMoving licence plates from one vehicle to another is not just a simple matter of being able to use a screwdriver. Many people run into trouble in the form of a heavy fine and a tow truck when they try to move their plates to a substitute vehicle and don't do it properly.

Driving and Cell Phones

Driving DistractionsI'm a bit surprised that I have never dealt with the subject of cell phone use while driving in this column.

Safe Following Distance

Cut OffIt is interesting to watch drivers following others in poor road conditions. They're still far too close for the speed being travelled, and their wipers are going like mad trying to keep the windshield clear.

SpeedWatch

SpeedwatchWhat is the idea behind the speed reader board at the roadside? Is speed watch out to help the police see that speeding drivers get charged? Why are the people writing notes? These are common questions asked about a very valuable volunteer group in your community.

New Year 2005

New Year ImageWhat will the New Year bring? If it is like those that have passed, B.C. will see in the neighbourhood of 47,000 crashes that result in 20,000 injury incidents and 400 fatal incidents. Think back on 2004 and see if you know someone whose life has been affected by a crash.

Christmas 2004

Christmas ImageWhich gifts would I like to see under my tree this year, and which gifts would I like to leave there for other drivers? That's a tough question if one stops to think about it carefully and honestly. If I could only be so lucky as to have the chance!

Check Your Lights

HID Headlights

The next time you get into your vehicle, start it up, set the parking brake, turn on all of the lights and the hazard flashers. Walk around your vehicle and check all the lights. Are they all lit as they should be, and are the lenses clean, intact and still the right colour? If so, you are good to go from the standpoint of lights at least.

Christmas Gift Suggestions

Christmas WreathNothing says "Merry Christmas" like safety equipment! No, I'm not totally crazy, yet. I just like to give gifts that are potentially really useful to those I give them to. Often they are not items that people consider buying for themselves, and potentially give a huge return in the future when breakdowns are coped with and injuries are avoided.

Nostalgia

DriveSmartBCI don't think I have ever written a nostalgic column in all the time I have been writing Behind the Wheel, but as I drove to Victoria today I watched all the driving antics around me and wondered if any of the 475 columns in my collection have done any good.

How to Use Acceleration Lanes

Acceleration LaneThis lane is designed to help you enter a freeway. It consists of an entrance ramp where you approach the freeway, an acceleration lane where you match the speed of vehicles on the freeway and a merging area where you join traffic in the right lane of the freeway before the lane ends.

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