Are You a Courteous Driver?

Angel'Tis the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward man, that is until you hit the highway. Here it seems to range anywhere from "I get mine first" to "Oh, I didn't realize that I could have done that to make it easier for someone else."

READING - Cell Phones & Driving, a Research Update

AAA FTS logoA growing body of research suggests that using a mobile telephone while driving increases a driver’s risk of being involved in a crash. Studies that have analyzed the cell phone records of crash-involved drivers have reported that using a cell phone while driving is associated with roughly a quadrupling of crash risk.

PROGRAMS - Save Your Money and the Environment

Go GreenIt's time to get that old, inefficient vehicle off the road and trade up to a new, fuel efficient vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint and your contribution to air pollution. If you are in the market for a new car, the right choice can mean significant rebates on the purchase of specific fuel efficient vehicles, both hybrid and non-hybrid. In order to shop wisely, plan ahead and visit the links below for more information.

READING - Pay as You Drive Insurance

Vehicle OdometerPay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) pricing means that a vehicle’s insurance premiums and registration fees are based directly on the amount it is driven. PAYD is an innovative, fair, cost-effective, easy way to increase transport system efficiency, providing many environmental, social, and health benefits.

Q&A - Time for a Parent to Stop Driving

Q&A ImageMy family has tried several tactics to have my mothers driver's license pulled, however, the authorities we have dealt with don't seem to want to deal with her. She is 75 years old, has health issues which cause her to pass out sometimes, and has had several incidents in her car. She also has a heart condition that her heart only works at 30%.

VIDEOS - MTV Anti-Drunk Driving Video

MTV LogoJust in time for the holiday season, this video shows the antics of passengers in the back of a taxi, as seen from the interior video camera.

Q&A - Impaired Driving

Q&A ImageMy comment is about drinking and driving.

My husband made an interesting statement a while ago that really stuck with me. He said he felt the reason we still have so many people drinking and driving is because we allow them to make a judgement on whether or not they are impaired after they have had a drink.

RESEARCH - Effectiveness of Behavioral Highway Safety Countermeasures

NCHRP LogoA significant part of highway safety program activities is devoted to behavioral countermeasures. These include the entire driver control system—from training and licensing to laws and enforcement and sometimes culminating in fines and sanctions. Given the enormous cost of crashes and the importance of driver behavior in highway loss reduction, it is important that behavioral countermeasures be implemented as effectively as possible.

Q&A - Mandatory Vehicle Inspections

Q&A ImageI would appreciate your comments on the lack of any formal (Govt) testing of vehicle condition in BC.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Car in DitchWhen winter weather turned bad suddenly I would often find my shift was a busy one, driving from vehicle to vehicle in the ditch at the side of the road. Of course, we were obligated to check collisions and insure that no one was hurt but in this situation manpower often did not match the number of incidents reported. The situation was made worse by repeated reports of the same vehicle with a different description and location.

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