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Yielding to an Emergency Vehicle

I have received a number of e-mails from readers following the column on B.C.'s new Slow Down, Move Over law. They are concerned that some people are taking this to mean that they don't have to pull over and stop on the approach of an emergency vehicl ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/09/25 - 13:46 - 0 comments

Q&A - Garbage Truck Leads the Morning Parade

I don't know if you drive much along Hammond Bay Rd, but it can be pretty frustrating on garbage day, or even morning commute on school days, with buses stopping very 100 - 200 yds. I dread the new "automatic" garbage trucks which I think will tak ...

Anonymous - 2019/10/07 - 21:51 - 1 comment

Official Vehicles: The Tow Truck

The tow truck is a bit of an orphan when it comes to being an "official vehicle" as defined in our slow down, move over laws. Drivers happening across a tow truck working at the side of the highway must slow down and move over if possible just as ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/08/15 - 10:37 - 2 comments

It's Not Easy Being a Pedestrian

Our provincial driving manual Learn to Drive Smart devotes an entire chapter to the concept of See - Think - Do Method . See: The pedestrian waiting to cross the street in the intersection. Think: There are no lines painted on the p ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/05/30 - 08:38 - 12 comments

The Government Didn't Tell Me

I've been watching a number of conversations in the newspaper and social media lately, mostly with regard to B.C.'s slow down, move over law , but including changes to other traffic laws as well. The general theme has been that the government h ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/08/15 - 10:38 - 4 comments

Pavement Marking in Progress

Line-marking crews have begun the annual task of refreshing markings on highways across British Columbia to help provide a safer drive for motorists. More than 30,000 kilometres of lines are marked every year throughout the province to guide drivers. ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/07/21 - 11:52 - 3 comments

Space Cadets

More space equals more time. Think about that carefully for a moment as it should be a constant consideration for all drivers. Driving should be an action, not a reaction and the best way to make it an action is to give yourself time to think, pla ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/08/19 - 13:24 - 9 comments

Road Worker Safety

My job requires me to pull over and park for a short period of time on the freeway. There is sufficient space to pull off and I'm not obstructing a lane but I'm wondering what the regulations are in respect to signaling and signage. The Motor ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/08/05 - 11:09 - 0 comments

Look Ahead! Look Waaaay Ahead!

Imagine making a lane change and crashing into a fully marked police vehicle stopped at the side of the highway with all of its emergency lights operating. I can only guess that the driver was not properly scanning his environment and looking far enou ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/06/23 - 11:41 - 1 comment

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Regulations Offences 2016

Here's the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act Regulations during 2016. It can be compared to the 2015 totals here . Motor Vehicle Act ticket data for 2016 is also available. MVAR Sectio ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/04/05 - 13:05 - 0 comments

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