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.

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,”

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.

Q&A - Driving With the Windshield Folded Down

Q&A ImageI was looking for anything on the legality of driving a Jeep with the windshield folded down but it seems the subject has never been brought up. It's being discussed on Facebook on the 4WDR Association of BC's page.

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.

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