Miscellaneous

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

What I've Learned From Running This Web Site

New Driver SignsThe DriveSmartBC web site has been in existence for just over nine years now. It has been and continues to be a very interesting hobby for me. I thought that this week I would review a few of the things that I have learned from being a road safety webmaster.

What I Learned in Elder College

Wise OwlI'm lucky to be part of Vancouver Island University's Elder College program. It's one of 18 similar programs found throughout British Columbia and is aimed at participants who are aged 50 or older. I present 2 three hour seminars on driving and always seem to learn something myself through interaction with the group.

But I Didn't Know!

Head In SandI often prowl through driving forums on the internet searching for interesting topics of discussion. The following quote came from a site in Kelowna:

Sadly, not everyone knows the rules of the road and/or how to operate their motor vehicle correctly. Pressing the pedals and basic coordination is about as far as some people get.

Q&A - Vehicle Advertising Wraps

Q&A ImageI am wrapping a Tesla x90D with a vinyl wrap to promote our business.

I am trying to understand the laws of where i can or can't apply vehicle wrap. I do no see anything outlined in the Motor Vehicle Act.

The Tesla has a very high windshield reaching almost back to the mid point of the roof.

Know Before You Go

Weather AlertThe beginning of this month was not a good one for many road users in the province with the weather related closure of 3 major east - west highway routes. Road maintenance contractors generally maintain our roads in good condition for safe driving, but when weather overwhelms their resources it should not be a surprise when road closures are the result. If you choose to travel during major weather events your mantra should be Know Before You Go or perhaps even simply Don't Go.

Q&A - Driving Without Due Care & Diabetes Issues

Q&A ImageI'm trying to find the laws relating with driving without due care when someone has a unknown medical issue causing the incident and the fine.

The officer issuing the fine, also asked for a certificate of medical clearance so he had a suspicion that some sort of attack may have initiated the problem.

Q&A - Travel on Remote Roads

Q&A ImageWhat the safest thing is for a woman to do when her car breaks down on a remote road? Often our roads do not have cell coverage.

READING - Vision Zero International - January 2017

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero International is the world’s first and only publication devoted to the development of next-generation active and passive vehicle safety technologies to help reduce the world’s annual 1.3 million road deaths and 50 million serious injuries to zero.

Famous Last Words

Car Stuck in Snow“My tires aren’t the greatest, there’s really no point living in Vancouver to get, you know, snow tires. But yeah, a little slippery, but just drive slow, you’ll be fine.” These words of wisdom came from a young woman standing on an icy city street with a dog under her arm and a small child in tow. Do you think that this is a reasonable outlook for winter driving in the lower mainland, or anywhere else in B.C. for that matter?

What Are My Duties as a Driver?

Road Safety Starts With YouLast week we looked at what you should be entitled to expect as a driver on B.C.’s highways. It only seems fair that we should examine what your duties as a driver are this week. As before, if I miss or misstate any of them, you are welcome to e-mail duties@drivesmartbc.ca and express your opinion.

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