Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

RESEARCH - Seatbelts on the School Bus

School BusI am frequently asked why school buses don't have seatbelts. The Alabama School Bus Seat Belt Pilot Project put seatbelts in school buses and studied their benefits. The study found a wearing rate of just under 62%. This resulted in, on average, saving 0.13 lives and 7.60 injuries per year. The seat belts were 39% effective in reducing fatalities and 13% effective in reducing injuries.

What's Behind Me?

Rearview MirrorWhat's behind me and why should I care? I'm driving down the highway and I'm certainly not going to back into something! There are at least two common hazards that occur regularly behind every driver and looking out for them is just good sense.

Modulating Motorcycle Headlights

MotorcycleConspicuity is an important word in any motorcycle rider's vocabulary. Being seen by other road users is a must to avoid being involved in a collision. One method of increasing a motorcycle's conspicuity is through the use of a modulating headlamp.

NEWS - Toughest Ever Testing Standards for Child Car Seats

Transport Canada LogoCanada's testing standards for child safety seats will be second to none when they are implemented on January 1, 2011. Children today are heavier and require that safety standards keep pace in order to take this into account and provide sufficient protection.

Q&A - Off Road Vehicles

I would like to know of laws and regulations for off road vehicle use on residential roadways. My neighbours frequently use their dirt bikes to race up and down our street (drivers age from about 6 to grown adults) while other children are playing and there is traffic. Some drivers wear the protection, others not.

VIDEO - Embrace Life, Always Wear Your Seatbelt!

videoThis advertisement from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership reminds us why we choose to wear our seatbelts.

VIDEO - How to Install Tire Chains

VideoBuying a set of tire chains and stowing them in the trunk without ever trying to install them might not be a good idea. The first time you will be called to use them will mean installing them in the worst of conditions and taking too long to do the task could even mean being hit by a passing vehicle. A little practice now, as shown in this video, might make life easier somewhere down the road....

Use Winter Tread Tires or Carry Chains

Winter Tire Regulatory SignThe province of British Columbia has not yet mandated that only true winter tread tires be used during the winter months on our highways. If you pass a sign requiring the use of winter tires, currently both all season (marked M+S on the sidewall) or true winter tires (marked with the mountain and snowflake symbol on the sidewall) qualify for compliance.

Breakdown Warning Devices

Breakdown Warning DevicesWhen I am not responding to column suggestions I take my inspiration from watching what is going on around me when I drive. The other day I almost turned around to warn a mother and child sitting on the concrete barrier in front of a broken down van towing a tent trailer.

VIDEO - What Happens When You Don't Wear a Seatbelt

Video This video contains scenes of a graphic nature. A disturbing new ad campaign has started to encourage people to wear their seat belts. The Government commercial shows graphic images of the fatal damage car crashes can cause to internal organs in a bid to persuade people to belt up.

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