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! And the oddest thing happens on these 4 lane stretches; the folks who were going under the speed limit suddenly go 'over' the speed limit!

VIDEO - Why Are Cars Made to go That Fast?

Speed DemonThis week on Twitter the question was posed about why we have cars that are capable of traveling at speeds significantly in excess of our posted speed limits? As luck would have it, one of the mailing lists that I subscribe to contained an article with a link to this video:

RESEARCH - Effectiveness of Painted Stop Lines

Stop Line

If there is a marked stop line at an intersection controlled by a stop sign, drivers (and cyclists) are required to stop at that line. This rule is probably almost universally ignored in favour of stopping in a position where the driver can see cross traffic that would require them to yield. Of course, many drivers choose not to stop at all.

Clear Your Frosty Windows BEFORE Driving

Frosty Car WindshieldDepending on where you are reading this column in British Columbia, the autumn frosts are either already here, or will be here shortly. This means that it is now time to be aware of the lazy driver who can't or won't scrape their windows and pulls onto the highway before the defrosters have had a chance to clear more than a small patch low on the windshield.

CASE LAW - Long v Thanas

BC Courts Coat of ArmsKristian Thanas was riding his bicycle southbound in a marked cycling lane on Burrard Street in Vancouver. He noticed a car driven by Joseph Long traveling alongside him with it's right turn signal on as they approached the intersection of Pacific Avenue. Mr. Thanas thought that Mr. Long had neglected to cancel his signal as a right turn at the intersection was not permitted.

MOTORCYCLES - Saw But Forgot

motorcycleOne of the most common motorcycle crashes occurs when another road user moves into the path of the oncoming rider. These collisions are often called Look But Fail to See (LBFTS) or Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You (SMIDSY). Recent research suggests that the failure to yield could also be resulting from a memory deficit or Saw But Forgot errors.

Producing Information After a Collision

Intersection CrashAre we required to carry insurance papers within the car at all times? I'm helping a friend ask this as she was involved in a slight accident and the other party didn't have the insurance papers with her.

CASE LAW - Nikkhah v Batin

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a Shaw Cablesystems van driven by Mauricio Batin and a motorized wheelchair driven by Najafholi Nikkhah at the intersection of Queens Avenue and 8th Street in New Westminster. Mr. Batin was driving along Queens Avenue to make a right turn at 8th Steet and Mr. Nikkhah was using the marked crosswalk on 8th Avenue to cross Queens Avenue. Mr. Batin did not see Mr. Nikkhah and a collision resulted.

Q&A - Doctor's Fee for DMER

Q&A ImageQ: Why is there such a discrepancy in price for a medical exam for people turning 80 years old? My doctor quoted $80 before he retired and when I went to a walk in clinic to get the test recently it was $200. That seems quite unfair to me.

Collision With an Animal, What to do?

Deer Crossing SignOver the 11 years ending in 2017 an average of about 5,762 wildlife collisions were noted in the Wildlife Accident Reporting System each year. The data is provided by BC's road maintenance contractors. I suspect that this number is not the entire picture as some animals are able to struggle away from the collision scene and die unnoticed. One estimate places this number at 12,000 annually.

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