Miscellaneous

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

Q&A - Driving at Night With Interior Lights On

Q&A ImageIs it legal to drive with the reading light on in the back seat at night? We are trying to find ways of keeping our toddler happy (and quiet) without impeding safety.

RESOURCE - How Busy is the Highway?

Vancouver Highway TrafficHow busy are our highways? Quoting from their web site, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's Traffic Data Program monitors traffic volumes at several locations throughout the province. This information is used by ministry staff to help support planning, design, construction, and operation of the Ministry road network.

RESOURCE - Handbook for Equestrians

Horse Council of BC logoThe following is quoted from the manual's introduction:

As many equestrians take to the roads, keeping themselves and their horses safe while sharing road space with cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles is a key concern for many horseback riders.

Q&A - Where to Store Rescue Tools

Q&A ImageI recently purchased the "ResQMe" keychain rescue tool and a "LifeHammer" rescue tool. Both items perform the same functions (cut seat belt or break glass), however the LifeHammer claims to be able to break the windshield in an emergency.

Work in Progress

Wrong Way SignHey, that machine is driving on the wrong side of the road! Can that utility truck park like that while they fix the overhead wires? These are just two of similar questions that the public often ask. The answer is yes, as long as it is done safely.

READING - Driving Like a Pro

Hosted by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the Educational Comics Collection contains a 1958 title, Driving Like a Pro. Originally offered by the Greyhound Corporation "in the interest of safety on our highways. It describes some of the methods that have made Greyhound the safest transportation of all - by far!"

Dealing With the Boom Boxes

Boom Box CarA very annoying problem we hear on the local roads are the numerous Boom Boxes playing at all hours of day or night. I think our noise by-law should be enforced, as we have enough noise pollution as it is without these ridiculous noise boxes waking us from our sleep. Can you enlighten me on the subject please?

Funeral Processions

Funeral ProcessionThis is a column on etiquette and consideration for others that has little to do with safety, and everything to do with respect. I was asked to write on the subject of funeral processions by the friend of a family whose members were upset at the lack of thought shown by other drivers entering and leaving the procession to the cemetery.

Q&A - Red Light Cameras

Q&A ImageI liked your article on left hand turns and taking the time to make sure you do it safely.

Defective Vehicles - A Crash Looking for a Place to Happen

tow awayWhat do you do with a pickup that has only one operating light, a high beam headlight, being driven at night between towns? How about another being driven in the rain with wipers being operated by the passenger who was pushing and pulling on a rope with one end tied to each wiper and run through the passenger compartment via the vent windows?

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