Equipment

Information on specific vehicle equipment.

Window Tinting Films

tinted side windowsWindow tinting looks cool, keeps your vehicle interior cool, or hides your vehicle contents from potential thieves. The drawback with tinting certain windows is that it limits the driver's ability to see and be seen. It is also illegal and may result in enforcement action in the form of either a ticket or a repair order.

Should I Use Studded Winter Tires?

Tire StudsWhen I was posted to Fort St. John detachment, the decision was easy, our family car had four studded winter tires. Once I was transferred to Penticton, these tires went with the car when we traded it in and we used all season tires throughout the year.

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.

In Car Television

In Car TelevisionIs it legal to install a television set in a vehicle? There are two answers to this question, one simple and the other complicated. Driver distraction and the possibility of a collision resulting from it is a very real concern.

Two or Four Winter Tires?

Winter tire on carI began driving my own car in the mid-fifties and I always used winter tires on the rear only during the winter months. Based on about thirty years of experience, I feel that I am quite capable of managing winter driving with the traction arrangement I had for rear drive in the past. However, I am not interested in contravening any legislated law or regulation.

Proper Display of License Plates

BC Olympic License PlateI was wondering if it was the law in B.C. to display both license plates on a vehicle? I see a lot of vehicles with only the rear license plate.

RESOURCE - Winter Tire Information

TireSmart Tire GraphicThe Rubber Association of Canada has published a brochure titled "Winter Tires Matter." The brochure explains why winter tires are important and suggests that if you can see your breath when you are outside, it is time to put them on your vehicle. It also includes a tire buyers checklist to help you decide which tire is best for you.

The Brake Check

Check Brakes SignThe sign says "Trucks, Stop Here, Check Brakes, Steep Hill Ahead." Ask almost anyone and they would likely tell you that this sign only applies to heavy commercial trucks equipped with air brakes. This is not the case however, the sign applies to all trucks with a licensed Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of more than 5,500 kg. regardless of brake system type.

The Parking Brake

Parking BrakeThinking back over my years of doing mechanical inspections at the roadside, one of the most common deficiencies in older vehicles was a parking brake that was either seriously out of adjustment or didn't function at all.

Trailer Light and Reflector Requirements

Utility TrailerNine lamps and six reflectors are the minimum required by law to be installed and functional on your trailer. If that trailer is not a small one, the number grows rapidly to stay in compliance depending on its length and width. Not just any lamp or reflector will do either, they all must be the right device for the right place and comply with standards.

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