Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

CASE LAW - Holt v Rother

BC Courts Coat of ArmsTheodor Rother was driving home southbound along 350th Avenue in Oliver, B.C. John Holt was walking northbound along 350th, returning to his home after picking up his mail from the nearby community mailboxes. Mr. Rother suddenly crossed over the highway and struck Mr. Holt, a utiliy pole, overturned and slid to a stop. Mr. Holt was seriously injured in the event.

How Far Can You See When Driving at Night?

Low Beam PatternFreeways in British Columbia are governed by posted speed limits of up to 120 km/h and for the most part are only lit by a driver's headlights at night. The opposing lanes are fairly close together and require the use of low beam headlamps when other traffic approaches. When the highway is busy drivers are often forced to travel long distances on low beam. How safe is this at 120 km/h?

Q&A - Using Four Way Flashers

Q&A ImageWhen should you use 4-way flashers while driving on the highway?

Q&A - What to do About Noisy Vehicles?

Q&A ImageI live in Burnaby in a high-rise condo apartment near MetroTown and am very upset by the excessive noise from both motorcycles and cars that have obviously altered the vehicle from the manufacturer's specifications resulting in noise that can be heard for a kilometer or more away from my place. Motorcycles are the worst offenders.

Q&A - Dumpsters on the Road

Q&A ImageJust wonder if you know if there is a minimum distance dumpsters can be from the side of the road?

Transporting Propane and Other Flammable Gasses

Propane TankToday's explosion in West Vancouver left a car barely recognizable, injured passers by and did damage to many nearby buildings. The owner of the car left a leaking cylinder of acetylene gas inside and the windows and doors closed. The tiny spark generated by the electric door locks was enough to trigger what amounted to a bomb.

Q&A - Driving a US Resident's Vehicle in BC

Q&A ImageIf a US resident comes to BC with his/her US licensed and insured vehicle to visit friends or family, is there a restriction about who can drive the vehicle?  Can a BC licensed driver operate the vehicle, and if so, does the owner of the vehicle have to be in the vehicle while it is being driven by the BC driver.

RESOURCE - 15 Passenger Van Operation

ReThink LogoThis 17 page document from the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators examines safety in three key areas of the operation of 15 passenger vans: personal use, commercial use and the transportation of students. Much of the information that it contains should already be common practice for all drivers. Review is critically important because these vehicles are not as forgiving of negligence or mistakes as normal passenger vehicles may be.

If You Were Responsible for Traffic Safety

SoapboxThe aim of traffic enforcement is not to raise revenue for the government. Too often I hear the words "cash grab" in relation to traffic tickets. Like it or not, this is our current system for attempting to dissuade drivers from practicing behaviours that put themselves or others at risk on our highways.

Nuisance Lights

LED SignLights, without a doubt the subject that generates the greatest number of requests for DriveSmartBC articles. We've looked at almost every kind of light connected with the operation of a vehicle or cycle on a highway in British Columbia, so it's time to widen our view to the roadside. Have you been blinded by the light emitted by newer LED advertising signs?

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