Canada Road Safety Week

Road Safety Vision 2010Canada Road Safety Week will run from May 17 to May 24, 2005. The program, developed by the RCMP, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Transport Canada and many other traffic safety agencies was created to focus attention on safe driving practices.

Driver Survivor

AutoplanAbout 36% of deaths of people aged 13 to 21 are the result of vehicle crashes. 82 teens were killed in car crashes last year in B.C. and 41,530 youth related crash incidents occurred in 2002. Ouch!

Driving Without a Licence

BC Driver's LicenceA reader has asked "What would happen to me if I was caught driving without a drivers licence?" It is a question that will expose serious consequences for you and the owner of the vehicle you are driving if it is not your own.

Your Teen's Vehicle

teens carWe are an affluent society. Teens today own vehicles in numbers only dreamed about when I was that age. Often their disposable income doesn't end there and many dollars are spent on vehicle modifications and improvements. Some are good, some are borderline and others are decidedly unsafe.

Seatbelts, Again.

SeatbeltAs with everything else in our lives, the cost of not wearing a seatbelt is going up again. On April 18th the "bill" will $138 instead of $109. Of course, there will still be the $25 discount for early payment, but $113 is a lot of money to have to part with!

Young Drivers

New Driver SignsThe only thing I wanted for my 16th birthday was my driver's licence. My father took time off of work to drive me to what was then called the Motor License Office where I earned my learner's. It was a big day in my life, and marked the first milestone in joining the world of the adult.

Driving on the Wrong Side

Drive Wrong SideI cannot think of any concept more important to driving than staying on the proper side of the road. I have my side, you have yours. If we each keep to the right, we don't run into each other.

Lane Changes

Lane ChangeMirror, signal, shoulder check, move. These are the four steps for a successful lane change. Simple enough one would expect, until you watch what goes on around you in traffic these days. Many drivers will make lane changes where it is forbidden to do so. It is illegal to make a lane change over a solid line at any time.

Setting an Example

Speed SignThe past weekend's high speed crash on the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge has us all shaking our heads in dismay. How could a young driver consider operating their vehicle at such speeds? Don't they know that it is dangerous to drive like this?

Seatbelts, An Automatic Habit

SeatbeltOne would think that wearing a seatbelt would be an automatic habit for today's drivers and their passengers. The seatbelt law has been in place for many years and the benefits of being properly buckled up have been clearly demonstrated. However, ICBC seatbelt surveys still show that a significant percentage of vehicle occupants don't buckle up, especially on rural roads.

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