Miscellaneous

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

The Ubilt Utility Trailer

Ubilt Utility TrailerThe quality of a home made utility trailer can range from factory perfect to I'm amazed that it is still following you. Licencing, lights and weight are the most common problems encountered by enforcement personnel at the roadside. With a little thought and knowledge you can pull that extra load around safely.

CASE LAW - R v Alexander

BC Courts Coat of ArmsBrian Alexander was stopped for excessive speeding in Kamloops, B.C. He was issued a traffic ticket for excessive speed and police attempted to impound his vehicle for seven days as required by the Motor Vehicle Act. Mr. Alexander responded that he had no intention of giving up his vehicle, sat inside it and refused to get out when required to do so by the officer.

RESOURCE - AAA Digest of Motor Laws

AAA LogoLearn about the common driving laws in the North American states and provinces before you go! This wonderful driving resource used to be available only as a paper book. Now it is available on line through the courtesy of the American Automobile Association for all to use. Planning on travel by vehicle?

RESOURCE - How Busy is the Highway?

Vancouver Highway TrafficHow busy are our highways? Quoting from their web site, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's Traffic Data Program monitors traffic volumes at several locations throughout the province. This information is used by ministry staff to help support planning, design, construction, and operation of the Ministry road network.

RESOURCE - Handbook for Equestrians

Horse Council of BC logoThe following is quoted from the manual's introduction:

As many equestrians take to the roads, keeping themselves and their horses safe while sharing road space with cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles is a key concern for many horseback riders.

Wet Weather Driving

Wet WeatherAre you prepared to drive on wet roads after our dry summer? It's time to shift mental gears and be ready for another season of less than ideal driving conditions. Many drivers try to blame their crashes on the weather, but a more truthful answer might be that the reason for the crash is failing to take the weather into account.

Work in Progress

Wrong Way SignHey, that machine is driving on the wrong side of the road! Can that utility truck park like that while they fix the overhead wires? These are just two of similar questions that the public often ask. The answer is yes, as long as it is done safely.

READING - Driving Like a Pro

Hosted by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the Educational Comics Collection contains a 1958 title, Driving Like a Pro. Originally offered by the Greyhound Corporation "in the interest of safety on our highways. It describes some of the methods that have made Greyhound the safest transportation of all - by far!"

Dealing With the Boom Boxes

Boom Box CarA very annoying problem we hear on the local roads are the numerous Boom Boxes playing at all hours of day or night. I think our noise by-law should be enforced, as we have enough noise pollution as it is without these ridiculous noise boxes waking us from our sleep. Can you enlighten me on the subject please?

Funeral Processions

Funeral ProcessionThis is a column on etiquette and consideration for others that has little to do with safety, and everything to do with respect. I was asked to write on the subject of funeral processions by the friend of a family whose members were upset at the lack of thought shown by other drivers entering and leaving the procession to the cemetery.

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