Lanes

Highway lane use information.

Q&A - Solid Yellow vs Broken Yellow Lines

Q&A ImageThe provincial driving guide, Learn to Drive Smart, in the Yellow Lines section,  cites:

Broken line  -- passing is allowed when safe

Single yellow line -- vehicles travelling in either direction may pass when it is safe

Q&A - Smart Cars and the HOV Lane

Q&A ImageI own a smart car and was wondering what the rule is when it comes to using a HOV lane. Technically, it is half the length of a standard car, so I was wondering when the minimum number of passengers is 2, if this would mean one for me.

Q&A - Changing Lanes In an Intersection

Q&A ImageToday I was almost in a traffic collision. I was turning right and people across the intersection were turning left. The street we were turning onto had two lanes either side of the centre. I assumed all of the people turning left would end their turn in the left-most lane because they were turning out of the only left turn lane and I was taught you shouldn't change langes in an interection.

Q&A - Change Lanes Without Signal

Q&A ImageI just received a ticket for 151(c) basically saying that I change lanes without signal. I find it upsetting that I received this ticket because I did turn on my signal. He said it was just not fast enough as I was just completing a right turn then going to the left lane and the blinker was still signalling right.

CASE LAW - Kelly v Yuen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case, Ms. Kelly was attempting a left turn at an intersection on a multiple lane highway. Mr. Yuen was oncoming and had briefly stopped in the lane two away from the curb, the curb lane being a restricted lane for bus and cycle use only at the time. Mr. Yuen decided to use the restricted lane, proceeded and struck Ms.

VIDEO - How to Merge

videoDrivers face the high anxiety situation of merging onto the highway everyday. Nationally recognized driver safety expert Dr. Terry Kline, Professor of the Traffic Safety Institute at Eastern Kentucky University, offers driving tips for safely joining the flow of traffic on the highway. This video describes the risks involved in merging and how to do it correctly and safely.

Limited Speed Motorcycles on the Highway Shoulder

Limited Speed MotorcycleI applaud the green attitude of those people who ride a limited speed motorcycle (LSM) for their trips on BC highways. Surely their carbon footprint is a lot lighter than my own. That and their wallet will be heavier as these motorcycles are economical to buy, license and operate.

Q&A - Slow Vehicle Pullouts

Q&A ImageI have a concern about the road between Port Alberni and the West Coast. When they redid the slow vehicle pullouts, they dressed them up to look exactly like passing lanes. Now everyone travels in those lanes.

A Good Idea for the On Ramp

Broken White LineI've always wondered about the driver in the far left lane as I used the on ramp to enter a freeway. Would they change lanes to the right while I was trying to join the flow of fast moving traffic by moving into the same lane from the left? Not everyone bothers to signal their lane changes and having to move out of the lane before it ends adds to my complications.

Making a Left Turn at an Intersection

Left TurnThis column is dedicated to the middle aged male driver who turned left in the intersection and completed the turn half way into my lane as I approached him and half way into the lane that he was supposed to be using. Was he being inattentive, careless or did he not know any better?

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