Use Your Headlights!

HeadlightsOne of my pet peeves is drivers who do not have lights on during the day .... particularly when it is foggy, raining very hard, or there is a very dark overcast. On our last trip we saw many vehicles with no tail lights on. It was very dark out because of low, thick clouds and rain and the lack of lights is a recipe for an accidental meeting.

Yielding to Emergency Vehicles

Fire Truck

I wonder if you would mind commenting on stopping at the side of the road to allow emergency vehicles to pass? So many times when I pull off to the edge of the road and stop, people either don't pull off or else they just pull onto the shoulder and travel at a low rate of speed.

Dogs Don't Drive!

Dogs Dont DriveYour dog may be licenced, but it isn't a licence to drive a vehicle reminds a reader. This person was concerned about the number of human drivers that drive with their pets riding in a position that might interfere. They are correct, it's not a good idea, even with small animals.

Parking on the Shoulder

park on shoulderIn light of a number of somewhat recent accidents involving vehicles (buses) rear-ending other vehicles (trucks) parked on the side of the road perhaps you could address the rules that apply to such parking. In addition I am curious about the flagging or flares required to warn drivers of these parked vehicles. This reader raises two good points of discussion because of the dangers involved.

Motorcycle Mufflers

Motorcycle

Why don't you charge drivers of motorcycles with no or ineffective mufflers? It's probably one of the most asked questions I hear after complaints about the new gaseous discharge headlamps. Fortunately, it's one of annoyance rather than safety.

Motorized Wheelchairs

Motorized WheelchairI have grave concerns about the safety of those driving battery operated wheelchairs and about the dangers involved for car drivers in dealing with their activities on the road. For instance, are those wheelchairs allowed legally on the roadways?

Police Powers

Police OfficerIf you are stopped by the police, just what is it that the officer is entitled to do? This is a simple enough question, and one that I'm not sure that many drivers and their passengers have stopped to consider. Now that we have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, does a driver have to do anything at all?

Load Security

No Load SecurityA reader asks about a recent incident where a ladder had fallen off a truck traveling on the highway. The driver following behind the truck took evasive action that resulted in a collision. This question raises many important issues including hazard avoidance, duty at a collision and load securement.

Seatbelts

SeatbeltWhat do you write about seatbelts today? They were around when I started driving (1974), so everyone knows about them. The fine for not wearing one is expensive ($138), but you probably know that too. Road Safety Vision 2010 sets a target wearing rate of 95% by 2010 (currently it varies from 68% to 95% in our patrol area). Never put a small child in a seating position with an airbag (in a child restraint using the seatbelts in the back seat).

Slow Driving

Slow DriverHave you ever touched on the subject of drivers doing 5 to 15km below the posted speed limit? It's extremely annoying. The passing lanes are usually not available due to Murphy's Law, and the 4 lane stretches are great when you find one, but never when you need them!

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