Lanes

Highway lane use information.

CASE LAW - Matharu v Gill

BC Courts Coat of ArmsWhen you turn right after stopping at an intersection, you are required to turn from a position close to the curb to a position close to the curb. Failing to do so properly could result in a side swipe collision if a vehicle is passing by in the left lane of the cross street. In the case of Matharu v Gill, Hardeep Matharu was travelling to work westbound on Nordell Way using the left hand lane. Balwant Gill had stopped at the sign on 88 Street and then turned right, after which the two vehicles collided. Each blamed the other for the collision, but Mr. Justice Butler found that Gill had turned wide and collided with Matharu.

Stay In Your Own Lane!

Laned RoadwayPart of the road near where I live has a set of winding curves on a steep grade. I seldom drive this stretch of roadway without encountering an oncoming vehicle part way into my lane over the double solid yellow line. There is no reason for this that I can see except that the other driver is either careless or incapable. The lanes are standard width and you are able to see oncoming traffic without difficulty if you look ahead.

CASE LAW - Link v ICBC Appeal

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case from the BC Court of Appeal that upholds a judgement from the Supreme Court. The incident in question occurred when Peter Link was driving his Jaguar in a snowstorm on Highway 99 between the Highway 10 and Highway 91 exits in Richmond. He was driving at a speed between 40 and 60 km/h when he was passed by an SUV that threw a large amount of snow onto his windshield as it passed by. Mr. Link was unable to see as his wipers could not clear the windshield sufficiently quickly. When he braked he lost control of his vehicle and collided with the median barrier.

Why Are You on the Wrong Side of the Road?

Don't Make Me ThinkIf you watch one of Canada Post's community mailboxes for a day you will probably see someone drive up and cross over to the wrong side of road to get out and retrieve their mail. If the driver's arm is long enough they don't even have to get out to open the mailbox! Who cares about this sort of behaviour? After all, the mailboxes are often on quiet residential streets and doing this doesn't hurt anyone.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 608PXT

Dark, raining, going home at the end of the day traffic, a lane change leaving very little room and then, to top it all off, the driver puts the brakes on. A lot of adjectives come to mind when I try to describe this inconsiderate person but I will leave it at that. If you are going to make a lane change in conditions like this at least leave a 3 to 4 second gap between you and the driver behind. If you are forced to brake for some reason after finishing the lane change, everyone has a good chance of avoiding any difficulty.

CASE LAW - Ferguson v Kennedy

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case concerns a collision that occurred on a gravel mountain road near Agassiz, BC. Solomon Kennedy had been passed by a pickup truck that raised a cloud of dust as it passed. Mr. Kennedy was travelling into the sun and was unable to see ahead due to the glare in the dust cloud. Connor Ferguson was travelling in the opposite direction as the pickup passed and saw that the Kennedy vehicle was partly on his side of the road. He sounded his horn and braked to a stop but was struck by the Kennedy vehicle.

It's a Left Turn Lane, not an Acceleration Lane

Two Way Left Turn LanesA gentleman from Courtenay explained about the regular difficulty that he encountered when he used the two way left turn lanes in that city. Most recently, he was travelling northbound on Cliffe Avenue attempting a left turn into Tim Horton's. A woman turned southbound out of the Husky just ahead of him into the two way left turn lane as well. They were now approaching each other head on.

VIDEO - How to Drive at an Intersection With a Bike Box

video iconThis video is provided by the City of Guelph, Ontario and shows drivers how to drive at an intersection where a bike box is present.

Do Bike Lanes Confuse Drivers?

Bike Lane SignI hate to admit it, but bicycle lanes confuse me. The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) defines them as a designated use lane that is part of the highway, but not part of the roadway. Both the province and municipalities are able to create designated use lanes and restrict who may use them through legislation. You might be surprised about what this might mean for both cyclists and drivers.

BC Bad Driver of the Week EP1186

Here is another aggressive driver who has to be first rather than wait his turn. This incident takes place where highway 19A merges onto highway 19 northbound at the north end of Nanaimo. This pickup driver swoops over the solid line separating the acceleration lane from the highway and immediately moves to the left most northbound lane travelling in excess of the speed limit.

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