Behaviour

Information related to driver behaviour.

Bulldozers!

BulldozerSeveral times I've been on the highway and had someone, usually in a big truck or old car come right up behind me, so close that I can't really see the front of their vehicle. I drive a small Toyota and it scares me! Of course, this is what they mean to do because they are bullies. What do you think I can do next time I come across one of these people?

Don`t Push Me!

push meOne thing that really bugs me is that drivers almost push their way into traffic. Whether it be coming from a side street or backing out from their driveway they don't seem to know that they shouldn't be impeding rolling traffic.

Use Your Headlights!

HeadlightsOne of my pet peeves is drivers who do not have lights on during the day .... particularly when it is foggy, raining very hard, or there is a very dark overcast. On our last trip we saw many vehicles with no tail lights on. It was very dark out because of low, thick clouds and rain and the lack of lights is a recipe for an accidental meeting.

Cellular Phones

Driving Distractions

It is interesting to watch drivers trying to cope with an intersection when they have a cell phone clamped to one ear with one hand and only one left to do the driving with. No signal, failing to turn into the proper lane and erratic steering are just some of the antics that can be seen. It's a good thing we are not in the way of the conversation.

Setting an Example

Speed SignThe past weekend's high speed crash on the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge has us all shaking our heads in dismay. How could a young driver consider operating their vehicle at such speeds? Don't they know that it is dangerous to drive like this?

Driving and Cell Phones

Driving DistractionsI'm a bit surprised that I have never dealt with the subject of cell phone use while driving in this column. There has been ample opportunity, from observing drivers while I am at work, to reading reports about it from safety researchers, your suggestions, and even a comment from the judiciary about clamping down on drivers who use them when they drive.

Can You See?

Frosty Car WindshieldDepending on where you are reading this column in British Columbia, the autumn frosts are either already here, or will be here shortly. This means that it is now time to be aware of the lazy driver who can't or won't scrape their windows and pulls onto the highway before the defrosters have had a chance to clear more than a small patch low on the windshield.

Traffic Calming in Your Neighbourhood

Traffic CalmingWhenever I make a public presentation and then open the floor to questions people always highlight the traffic problems in their neighbourhoods and ask why the police never seem to be doing anything about them. I always feel inadequate when I point out that those same problems exist everywhere in our community and the police can only be there occasionally. If the police response is not what you would wish, are there alternatives?

Perpetuating Mediocrity

New Driver SignsI stopped a vehicle being driven at 96 km/h in a posted 50 km/h construction zone the other day. Approaching the passenger side, I spoke with the woman in the front seat and the young lady driving. When I explained why I stopped them, the woman suggested that she was unable to get the driver to slow down, and maybe I could do something about it.

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