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Left Turn Surprise!

A signal light does not provide you with any protection when you make a left turn. This simple fact was discovered by a lady who slowed as she approached her driveway, signalled for a left turn, saw a truck approaching in her rearview mirror and s ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/11/03 - 21:52 - 31 comments

Official Vehicles: The Tow Truck

The tow truck is a bit of an orphan when it comes to being an "official vehicle" as defined in our slow down, move over laws. Drivers happening across a tow truck working at the side of the highway must slow down and move over if possible just as they ...

DriveSmartBC - 2020/06/11 - 15:36 - 2 comments

Q&A - Slow Down, Move Over Education

I’m a professional driver on the Island,I have been driving since the mid 60s and have logged many accident free kms. My interest in writing is the “slow down, move over law." I have done it for decades. Not enough drivers seem to be aware of it. ...

Anonymous - 2019/09/05 - 17:46 - 6 comments

Space Cadets

More space equals more time. Think about that carefully for a moment as it should be a constant consideration for all drivers. Driving should be an action, not a reaction and the best way to make it an action is to give yourself time to think, pla ...

DriveSmartBC - 2020/05/08 - 11:46 - 9 comments

Slow Down, Move Over, Unintended Consequences

With the amendment last month of B.C.'s Slow Down, Move Over law comes the unintended consequences of the misuse of flashing lights. Since yesterday afternoon I've driven past two situations that the law required me to slow down and move o ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/08/15 - 10:20 - 8 comments

Flag Person: A High Risk Occupation

If I were to ask you what a flag person's job was, what would you reply? Assure orderly movement of traffic through a highway obstruction of some sort? Help everyone involved to be safe as they work on the highway? Why then do some drivers treat flagp ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/11/08 - 10:43 - 7 comments

Settling a Debate About Impeding Traffic

I've probably said this before, but when I applied the same tolerance under the speed limit as I did for those driving over the speed limit and factored in the advisory signs for speed I seldom found a driver going slower. Having sat and consi ...

DriveSmartBC - 2020/03/27 - 19:35 - 9 comments

BC's Slow Down Move Over Law

Emergency workers are very happy with BC's new slow down, move over law that came into effect June 1, 2009. When they are stopped at the side of the highway and displaying flashing lights, red, blue or yellow, approaching traffic is required to slow d ...

DriveSmartBC - 2019/10/31 - 21:38 - 1 comment

The 70/40 Rule - Slow Down, Move Over

A reader reports that she was driving to Nanaimo and somewhere around Cook Creek there was a black vehicle with several flashing lights stationary at the side of the road. The road was not particularly busy and she was in the curbside lane.  ...

DriveSmartBC - 2018/08/15 - 10:44 - 0 comments

Q&A - Slow Down, Move Over Ticket

I was caught by surprise, and although I realize ignorance of a law is no defence, I wonder how I might have known about this change in BC traffic law.  I had moved away from BC in 2001, not returning until 2012.  When I returned to BC in 20 ...

Anonymous - 2019/10/29 - 13:00 - 5 comments

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