Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

VIDEO - Electronic Stability Control

ESC LogoElectronic Stability Control (ESC) is a technology that should be standard on all vehicles. The system compares the driver's intended direction of travel with the actual travel of the vehicle many times per second. If they do not match, selective braking is applied to force the vehicle back to the intended path, averting a collision.

VIDEO - Want to Fight?

VideoNo one does traffic safety videos quite like the Australians. In this 30 second television ad you learn the value of wearing a seatbelt. Like it says at the end, no belt, no brain!

NEWS - School Buses Equipped with White Strobe Lamps

School BusWe could soon see white strobe lights mounted on the roof of school buses in B.C. Standards allow for a white strobe to be mounted on the center of the roof on the rear third of the vehicle. It is meant to provide increased visibility and may be operated in fog or when the bus is stationary.

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VIDEO - 3 Technologies You Can't do Without

VideoCourtesy of YouTube and the Discovery Channel, this video highlights ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control and their ability to help you maintain control of your vehicle on ice. They are vehicle options that you should not be without as the two automakers identified in the video estimate that ESC alone can reduce your chances of collision from 30 to 50%.

READING - Seatbelts on the School Bus

school busI am often asked why school buses are manufactured without seatbelts. We are all accustomed to using them in our cars and know that they are a significant factor in reducing injury or death in a collision. If this is the case, shouldn't our children have the same benefit when they are bused to and from school?

NEWS - Driving Without Doors

car without doorsCommercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement has received numerous complaints and enquiries regarding vehicles operating on the highway without the driver and / or passenger door(s) in place. Reports most commonly identify certain makes and models of Jeep as some of these vehicles have side doors that may be easily removed. Any vehicle operating on the highway without doors represents a serious safety concern for the occupants as side intrusion protection and passenger containment would be compromised in the event of a collision.

When Not to Use a Booster Seat

booster seatWhen I was young, we thought nothing of throwing a mattress in the back of the station wagon, loading up my brother and sisters and heading off on holidays. We would sprawl on that mattress reading comic books or playing games. Sometimes we even fought over whose turn it was to be in the back.

Another Look at Airbags

AirbagDo you have any comment on the new trend out there of passengers riding in cars with their feet up on the dash of the car? This may be a comfortable position but it would quickly become life threatening if the car were in a crash and the airbag they are resting their feet on deploys. I know that as the wife of a paramedic that whenever we drive past someone riding in this position it makes him cringe.

Are Your Airbags Missing?

AirbagIs it illegal to fail to replace an airbag in a rebuilt car? My car has dual front airbags, and after a major collision they did not deploy.

Helmets

Motorcycle HelmetIs there a difference between the helmet laws which make it law to wear a helmet on a bicycle,and the wearing of one on a motorcycle? The reason I ask is that I ride both a motorcycle and a bicycle.

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