Miscellaneous

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

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.

READING - IIHS Status Report June 22, 2017

IIHS LogoThe June 22, 2017 issue of the Status Report is now available for reading on line. The featured article this month examines how the legalization of marihuana has increased the collision rates in Colorado, Oregon and Washington states by about 3%. Other articles include one on lane departure warnings that finds about half of drivers turn the system off because “Depending on the way you drive, lane departure alerts can go off fairly frequently in the course of regular driving even when there is no imminent danger,”

Ask DriveSmartBC

Question MarkI am blessed with a steady stream of questions that arrive from visitors to this web site. Whenever I am short on ideas to base my weekly article on I can count on someone to make a suggestion. This week the operative word is short, and I'm going to deal with questions that haven't developed into a full article but deserve a response.

PROGRAM - Citizen Led Traffic Calming

Road Safety Starts With YouThe City of Kitchener, Ontario has worked with it's residents to create a Neighbourhood Strategy and Implementation Plan. The Neighbourhood Strategy recommendations; called Love My Hood; encourages residents to take a lead role in making their neighbourhood great, with a commitment that City of Kitchener staff will help them every step along the way.

What I've Learned From Running This Web Site

New Driver SignsThe DriveSmartBC web site has been in existence for just over nine years now. It has been and continues to be a very interesting hobby for me. I thought that this week I would review a few of the things that I have learned from being a road safety webmaster.

What I Learned in Elder College

Wise OwlI'm lucky to be part of Vancouver Island University's Elder College program. It's one of 18 similar programs found throughout British Columbia and is aimed at participants who are aged 50 or older. I present 2 three hour seminars on driving and always seem to learn something myself through interaction with the group.

But I Didn't Know!

Head In SandI often prowl through driving forums on the internet searching for interesting topics of discussion. The following quote came from a site in Kelowna:

Sadly, not everyone knows the rules of the road and/or how to operate their motor vehicle correctly. Pressing the pedals and basic coordination is about as far as some people get.

Know Before You Go

Weather AlertThe beginning of this month was not a good one for many road users in the province with the weather related closure of 3 major east - west highway routes. Road maintenance contractors generally maintain our roads in good condition for safe driving, but when weather overwhelms their resources it should not be a surprise when road closures are the result. If you choose to travel during major weather events your mantra should be Know Before You Go or perhaps even simply Don't Go.

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