Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

Wear Your Seat Belt Properly

SeatbeltWe all know that the law requires that we wear our seat belts when driving. The Motor Vehicle Act says in part "..wear the complete seat belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner." Why should we worry, and how do we know what is proper?

ADVICE - Cross Your Safety Chains!

Boat TrailerI'm not sure if you'd call it a 'positive subject' but I don't remember in my 75 years (56 as a driver) reading much about safety chains on trailers.... Lot's of drivers these days are towing little domestic trailers around, moving garden refuse, furniture, dirt bikes and other 'stuff' from A to B...

READING - IIHS Status Report, March 1, 2011

IIHS LogoRunning into the rear of a heavy truck is much more likely to be fatal than running into another light vehicle. Rear end structures designed to prevent collisions where light vehicles ride under heavy vehicle trailers are not sufficient, even in relatively low speed crashes.

NEWS - Use of Alternative Traction Devices

MOTI BannerIn January 2011 CVSE announced that an alternative to conventional tire chains was now being allowed in British Columbia for commercial vehicles. The bulletin said that the use of pneumatic automatically deployed tire chains for commercial vehicles will fulfill the requirements of section 208 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

NEWS - Federal Government Backs Down on Child Seat Regulation Implementation

Transport Canada New LogoWhen the federal government implemented new standards for Child Seats in the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations the manufacturers had until January 1, 2011 to comply. This deadline has now been extended to December 31, 2011.

RESEARCH - Seatbelts on the School Bus

School BusI am frequently asked why school buses don't have seatbelts. The Alabama School Bus Seat Belt Pilot Project put seatbelts in school buses and studied their benefits. The study found a wearing rate of just under 62%. This resulted in, on average, saving 0.13 lives and 7.60 injuries per year. The seat belts were 39% effective in reducing fatalities and 13% effective in reducing injuries.

READING - IIHS Status Report, September 8, 2010

IIHS LogoVolume 45, Number 9 of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Status Report examines booster seats. Seat ratings, when to switch to a booster seat, how long to continue using them and the use of tethers are discussed.

What's Behind Me?

Rearview MirrorWhat's behind me and why should I care? I'm driving down the highway and I'm certainly not going to back into something! There are at least two common hazards that occur regularly behind every driver and looking out for them is just good sense.

READING - IIHS Status Report May 20, 2010

IIHS LogoVolume 45, Issue 5 of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Status Report is now available for download. This issue covers the following topics:

Modulating Motorcycle Headlights

MotorcycleConspicuity is an important word in any motorcycle rider's vocabulary. Being seen by other road users is a must to avoid being involved in a collision. One method of increasing a motorcycle's conspicuity is through the use of a modulating headlamp.

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