Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

Thanksgiving

thankfulIn general, traffic enforcement is a solitary effort for police outside of the province's municipalities. I've often wondered just how close I have come to something bad happening in a traffic stop while I was a long way away from the nearest backup. Since today is Thanksgiving, I want to tell a story where something bad did almost happen and I'm very thankful for the "almost."

Driving at Night in the Rain

rain cloudI am generally not a person who likes the rain, but as I sit with my coffee in hand looking out the window this morning I'm happy to see it. No doubt, so is the vegetation that depends on it. Not so for drivers though, social media has been full of well meant advice to slow down due to the potential of slippery roads.

READING - IIHS Status Report on Automated Vehicles

IIHS LogoThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a special edition of the Status Report on autonomous vehicles. From the introduction:

The idea of self-driving cars has garnered so much press that consumers can almost be forgiven for thinking the latest cars can drive themselves.

RESOURCE - Legal Help On Line

Justice Education Society LogoThe Justice Education Society of British Columbia is a resource aimed to improve legal capability and increase access to justice. While there are many different types of resources available on the site, the driving category is likely of the most interest to people reading this. Content currently consists of 7 info sheets and 5 videos.

READING - Traffic Calming ePrimer

FHA LogoAre the drivers going through your neighbourhood going too fast? Do you want to do something about it? Your first reaction might be to approach authorities to install a stop sign or speed bumps. This may or may not be the appropriate way to deal with the situation.

Odds & Ends From the Inbox

InboxI've been trolling through the DriveSmartBC inbox for inspiration this morning. There are a lot of odds & ends there that deserve to be mentioned. Thanks to all for these questions and suggestions.

REPORT - Provincial Court of BC 2016/2017

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe provincial courts handled 75,584 traffic and bylaw cases in 2016/2017, the lowest number in the past five years. Of possible interest in the report are complaints made against the judicial justices who hear these cases. Since trials are recorded, investigation and resolution of these complaints is relatively simple.

Driving Safely in the Fog

Foggy HighwayIt's night and I'm driving into the gray cotton of fog caused by a lingering temperature inversion. Vision is limited, the roads are wet, it's just a few degrees above freezing and some of the traffic to my left is driving like it's a sunny afternoon in August.

READING - IIHS Status Report October 19, 2017

IIHS LogoThis issue of the Status Report examines passenger side crash protection on mid-sized cars, crash avoidance technology to protect motorcyclists, the NTSB's identification of speeding as a national safety issue and how red light cameras are reducing injuries in Chicago.

VIDEO - Transporting Propane Safely

video iconHow many of us just throw that empty propane cylinder into the trunk and head off to have it filled? I've seen the results of a couple of explosions involving propane in vehicles and it wasn't pretty. The following video is from Technical Safety BC (formerly the BC Safety Authority) and shows you how to safely (and legally) transport a 20 pound propane cylinder in your car or RV.

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