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.

Increased Ticket Penalties

Violation TicketEffective February 1, 2004 the ticketed amount for violations of the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations rose by $23. This means that most common violations will amount to $109. Speeding will now start at $138 and go upward from there according to how much you exceed the limit, and intersection violations will be $167. Ouch!

Parental Consent and Control

New Driver SignsIn the days before the Graduated Licensing Program parents had a strong control over their children who had not reached the age of 18. If the child was not driving properly the parent could withdraw their consent and ICBC would cancel the child's drivers licence. This was an effective control over wayward young drivers.

Radar Detectors

Radar DetectorSometimes the simplest questions can make you think. I was asked if radar detectors were legal in British Columbia by a work experience student I had taken out on patrol. The answer is, yes, they are.

The student paused to think this through. Speeding is illegal was the next observation. Yes, that's true also.

Regulatory and Advisory Signs

Speed SignDrivers are often confused about the difference between a regulatory sign and an advisory sign. A regulatory sign generally has black characters or symbols on a white background and an advisory sign has black characters or symbols on a yellow background. So, what's the difference?

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