Miscellaneous

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

Slow Down, Breathe Easier

ExhaustI’m in a world of mixed messages. Some are real, some are emotional, some are false and some come from the government. The one that I would like to tackle here might be a bit odd for DriveSmartBC but the consequences could be related back to safety. I’m thinking about travel speed and fuel economy because the faster you go, the more it costs, probably in more ways than one.

NEWS - Electric Vehicles in HOV Lanes

HOV DecalEffective March 1, 2016 qualifying hybrid and electric vehicles with a permit and displaying an approval decal will be able to use HOV lanes on BC highways even when the required number of passengers is not met unless a sign is posted stating otherwise.

What We Think We Know

BrainI find the interaction that I have with others on the subject of driving and traffic laws very interesting. Some people illustrate their points with incorrect information, some find that even after years of driving they don't have basic knowledge and I am always learning something new for myself. It's definitely beneficial to me and I hope that I am helping others by writing these articles.

VIDEO - Why You Need to Clean ALL the Snow Off Your Vehicle

video iconIt's easy to be lazy and just clean the windows of your vehicle in snowy weather. Leaving a little light snow to blow off isn't a big deal. However, when the snow is left there and turns into ice, the result of having a chunk of it blow off at speed can be serious. In this video a large chunk shatters the windshield of the vehicle following behind. Imagine what it might have done to an unlucky pedestrian.

Reporting Air Pollution from Vehicles

Smoking ExhaustA visitor to the site has asked the following: "I have seen a few trucks driving around residential areas that are really polluting. I wanted to report them somewhere with the hope of them getting a notice or something to hopefully look after this issue. I cannot find a phone number or an email where this can be done. Do you know how can I report this truck?" It's a great question as vehicles like this affect the air that you and I breathe. We should have some method to deal with problem vehicles that we encounter in our day to day life.

VIDEO - How a Driverless Car Sees the Road

video iconFrom the video's description on the TED web site:

Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.

WORTH READING - Empower Children in Road Safety

Exclamation Mark SignEvery now and again I run across something that makes me stop and say to myself "I wish that I had thought to write about that!" Today's example dropped into my inbox from the One Crash is Too Many web site and it's about empowering your children in road safety. The particular part that struck me was teaching your child that they are not to accept a ride from someone that doesn't provide a seatbelted position for them to ride in. If this does occur, they should politely refuse the ride and call you for help. It's simple and effective!

More Advance Warning Needed

men working signWhen the road maintenance contractors undertake work on our highways they are hard to miss. The Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways tells them all about setting out advance warnings to give drivers plenty of opportunity to realize that they are approaching a hazard. What is often missing is the equivalent for short term, small scale occurrences. This had added importance now that we have the slow down, move over law.

READING - Vision Zero International, June 2015

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The June 2015 edition includes:

RESOURCE - Professor Trainboat's Feltham Village Project

Professor TrainboatOur world is built to accomodate the automobile. It often seems that other road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, are either a second thought or not thought of at all in the quest to keep motor vehicles rolling. It may be that this focus also affects the outlook of drivers when they do or don't choose to accomodate others using our highways. Many ask that this be remedied but few take an active role in the solution.

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