Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

NEWS - Amendments to Winter Tire Rules in Effect, September 22, 2015

BC LogoEffective September 22, 2015, the following amendments to BC's winter tire rules have been put into effect:

RESOURCE - My Car Does What?

ExclamationThe US National Safety Council in partnership with Toyota and the University of Iowa has created a web site titled "My Car Does What?" in response to the finding that many drivers do not know how to use the safety features that are found in the modern vehicle. The site is meant to be a simple answer to: how do safety features work? When should they be used? Do I have them in my car? And, how can I find answers to these questions?

VIDEO - ICBC's Gear It or Shear It Series

ICBC LogoICBC has produced two new videos aimed at making sure motorcycle riders use proper safety gear to protect themselves in the event of a crash. The first two videos are on riding pants and riding gloves. Protecting your hands and legs with the right gear as opposed to work gloves and blue jeans are shown. The third compares full face and partial helmets.

Do I Want My Vehicle To Think For Me?

Don't Make Me ThinkI remember what I was a teenager (yes, that was a few years ago) working in my father's service station. The latest safety gadget in new vehicles was a buzzer that warned the driver when seatbelts were not fastened. That's a good idea, right? Apparently not as customers were coming in to see if they could have the buzzer removed or disabled.

VIDEO - Importance of Proper Child Restraint Installation

video iconThe YouTube description of this video says that "Simulated crash tests show the importance of proper child restraint installation. Most parents don't realize they need to use the top tethers for forward-facing child restraints. Attaching the top tether keeps the restraint from pitching too far forward in a crash putting children at risk of head or neck injuries. Tethers are key to getting the most protection from a child restraint."

RESEARCH - CBC Marketplace: Paws for Concern

Crash TestWe buy products that we expect will perform according to the manufacturer's claims for them. In this case the product is a restraint for our canine friends when they ride in our vehicle with us. The claim is that the restraints will protect the animal. CBC Marketplace testing finds the contrary, our expectations may be putting both our pets and ourselves at risk.

READING - Vision Zero International, January 2015

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

VIDEO - TED Talk Featuring Steven Levitt on Child Restraints

video iconSteven Levitt shares data that shows car seats are no more effective than seatbelts in protecting kids aged 2 to 6 years old from dying in cars. However, during the Q&A, he makes one crucial caveat regarding a medical study that shows car seats significantly reduce injury.

Post Crash Seatbelt Use Investigation

SeatbeltPart of the investigation of any serious motor vehicle collision is an examination of the seatbelts to determine if the person in that seating position was restrained or not. The outcome could determine whether a ticket for failing to wear the restraint was issued or not but I suspect that more commonly the information was used to determine liability. If you were not wearing your seatbelt your award for injury could be reduced by the courts.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Seatbelt Self Repair

cameraThis photo taken by RCMP Collision Reconstructionist Cpl. Ken Dagg shows a seatbelt that was repaired by someone who sewed the pieces together. The strength of the repair was not sufficient to properly restrain the occupant during this collision. The repair failed, totally exposing the passenger to the forces of the collision rather than protecting them from it.

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