Marihuana Driving Impairment

MarihuanaDecriminalize marihuana! When and if this happens, it will still be illegal to possess marihuana, but it will no longer be a criminal offence. Listening to press coverage, it appears that s segment of our population feel marihuana does not cause problems and should be freely used.

Construction Zone Signs

Construction Ahead SignI was driving home after shift last week listening to the radio and enjoying the sunshine. The traffic report came on and in it was a cell phone call from a woman who had been stopped in the lineup for the highway construction on Highway 4 between Port Alberni and Parksville. She wondered if anyone knew what was going on.

The Tug Test

Trailer TowingWe'll just hook up the trailer, and away we go. A quick check in the rearview mirror, yes, it's following us. The tug test has been passed, we're good to continue. I say this tongue in cheek, but I often think that drivers use this method to make sure their trailers are roadworthy. It takes much more than this to be sure.

U-Turns at Traffic Lights

No U Turn SignIntersections with traffic lights are the busiest and most controlled areas that we travel through as we drive on B.C.'s highways. They are also the most dangerous, because in 2002 more than 42% of collisions occurred at these locations. If you lose your way, making a U turn here is not an option.

Coloured Lights Tell Us Something

Colored LightsThe lights that our vehicle is equipped with serve two important functions. They allow us to see and they allow us to be seen by other road users. The messages conveyed to others by our vehicle's lights must be clear with no opportunity for confusion.

Tire Inflation - Riding on Air

Riding on AirCentral Island Traffic Services is currently investigating a serious single vehicle collision with multiple injuries. Evidence at the scene indicated that one of the rear tires on the vehicle was flat prior to the collision. Under inflation of the tire may have been the cause of this incident.

Refueling Safety

Gas NozzleMost of us drive vehicles that use gasoline for fuel. If you are like me, we probably notice the signs at the pump island that tell us to stop our engines before refueling but don't give it much more thought than that. Perhaps the reader that suggested this topic is doing us all a favor.

4 Way Stops

4 Way Stop SignLast week's column dealt with where to stop. The next most commonly asked question is, having stopped, who goes first, especially at four way stops? There are many variables involved in these situations so lets look at both two and four way stops.

Stop Signs

Stop LineOne wouldn't think that stopping at a stop sign would be such a problem for drivers. It seems relatively simple, come to a complete stop, look both ways and then go if it is safe to do so. Most drivers seem to understand this but have difficulty with where to stop.

Lane Positioning

Lane PositionAlways leave yourself a way out. This was one of the cardinal rules of the Smith System of driving that we were taught in Regina during basic training. Simply put, always make sure that you have a place of safety to move your vehicle into if something unexpected happens.

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