Miscellaneous

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

RANT - Honk When Locking

SoapboxOver the last 15 months I have had an issue in regards to horn honking in our neighborhood. I think the problem can easily be resolved by education.

Many vehicle owners have picked up some really bad habits and possibly don't know that their bad habits are affecting others.

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.

Q&A - Leaving a Diesel Running While Refuelling

Q&A ImageOne of the most recent items for discussion in an RV forum that I belong to was the issue of leaving your engine running while refuelling.

The owners with diesels say because of the low flash point of diesel that they never shut their  engines off because they need to cool their turbo.

Q&A - Selling registration and VIN plate

Q&A ImageAsking for a friend... Okay, not a friend, just something that popped up in a Buy & Sell group I manage. Seems sketchy to me, selling JUST the plate, papers, and window frame, but before I boot the guy I just want to make sure.

Q&A - Custom Rods and Tire Poke

Q&A ImageGood morning!  I have another question from a Four Wheel Drive Association member:

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,”

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