Miscellaneous

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

READING - Pay as You Drive Insurance

Vehicle OdometerPay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) pricing means that a vehicle’s insurance premiums and registration fees are based directly on the amount it is driven. PAYD is an innovative, fair, cost-effective, easy way to increase transport system efficiency, providing many environmental, social, and health benefits.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Car in DitchWhen winter weather turned bad suddenly I would often find my shift was a busy one, driving from vehicle to vehicle in the ditch at the side of the road. Of course, we were obligated to check collisions and insure that no one was hurt but in this situation manpower often did not match the number of incidents reported. The situation was made worse by repeated reports of the same vehicle with a different description and location.

RESOURCE - Transport Canada Recall Database

transport canada road logoHas the manufacturer of your vehicle issued a safety related recall? Transport Canada's Vehicle Recalls On-Line Database makes short work of answering this question for you. Simply enter the make, model and year of your vehicle and find out immediately if you should be concerned.

Right Hand Drive Vehicles in a Left Hand Drive World

right hand driveWould you kindly comment on the spate of right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles that have appeared in B.C. recently? I have always been under the impression that imported vehicles had either to meet, or be modified to meet, Canadian standards before being licenced in Canada.

VINs, Keys and Thieves

VIN PlateWe have been getting some emails about thieves writing down the serial number from the car, then going to the garage, with a story of course, and getting a key made for your car. Could you write something on this and verify this statement is true. What can we do to stop this?

Hydrophobic Windshield Treatments

Wet WeatherIf you are like me, the worst time to be driving is at night in the pouring rain. It's like driving into a wet sack of coal! When another vehicle approaches, the glare of their headlights can be blinding. When driving is a necessity rather than a choice, what's a driver to do?

Dogs in the Back of Pickups

Dog in Pickup BoxJust mention the words "truck ride" and our dog becomes your shadow. Like most dogs, she refuses to be left behind when someone is going for a drive. Being a lap dog, she rides inside and thinks that the right front seat is hers, although she will happily let people sit underneath her.

Using the Highway as a Work Area

Roadside RepairShort of a collision, one of the worst things that happens to us as we travel from place to place is having our vehicle break down on us. Most of us opt to call a tow truck and have the problem repaired by professionals. However, some of us prefer to do it ourselves and have a tool kit handy to make minor repairs on the spot.

Personal Security

VIN PlateI have been asked two questions about personal security that are vehicle related lately. One concerns blocking your vehicle identification number (VIN) plate so that it cannot be read by anyone and the other is carrying a photocopy of your vehicle licence and insurance document with the address on it removed. Both are attempts to thwart the potential actions of thieves.

Refueling Safety

Gas NozzleMost of us drive vehicles that use gasoline for fuel. If you are like me, we probably notice the signs at the pump island that tell us to stop our engines before refueling but don't give it much more thought than that. Perhaps the reader that suggested this topic is doing us all a favor.

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