Equipment

Information on specific vehicle equipment.

Driving Lights

Driving Lights"Are you allowed to drive with both headlights and driving lights on at the same time?" asks a reader. The question was prompted by this person's complaint of being blinded by the lights of many of today's vehicles. These vehicles display two headlights and two of what many people assume to be driving lights.

Being Seen

Daytime Running LightsModel year 1990 is an important date in Canadian traffic safety history. Regardless of what type of vehicle you have, car, bus or truck, if it was produced in this model year or is newer it must have been manufactured with daytime running lights. More importantly still, BC laws require that if the vehicle was produced with daytime running lights those lights must be operating properly in order to drive legally today.

Coloured Lights

Colored LightsThe lights that our vehicle is equipped with serve two important functions. They allow us to see and they allow us to be seen by other road users. The messages conveyed to others by our vehicle's lights must be clear with no opportunity for confusion.

Tire Inflation

Tire GuageWhen was the last time you checked the air in your vehicle's tires? Do you own a tire gauge? Do you know what the proper inflation pressure is for your tires? If you don't, where do you find this information?

White, Yellow & Red Only!

Colored LightsI've got a suggestion: colour of exterior lights and reflectors. Lots of kids replace amber bulbs with blue, red ones with clear, red lenses with clear, amber reflectors with green, bulbs with LEDs, etc. I get a lot of heartbreaking letters from parents, "My kid just got a ticket...are blue parking lights really illegal?!"

Those Blinding Blue Headlights

HID HeadlightsI would love an article in the paper on those purplish headlights that some vehicles are sporting. The colour and glare are horrendous to an oncoming driver. It is hazardous to be driving because they are blinding and one automatically wants to take their eyes off the road or look to the side to avoid them. Are they legal?

Preventative Maintenance

Car RepairWould you do a column on the importance of vehicle maintenance? Not only regarding upkeep of tires, fluids, brakes, or suspension, but also the importance of regularly checking to ensure all the lights on the vehicle are clean and in good working order.

Window Tinting

Tinted 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.

Lamp Aiming

Headlamp Aiming

Long winter nights mean we spend more time driving while using our headlamps. All headlamps are not created equal however, so some vehicles are safer to drive at night than others. The gas-fired lamps and vacuum bulbs used when automobiles were first introduced offered little in the way of illumination.

Use Your Headlights!

HeadlightsOne of my pet peeves is drivers who do not have lights on during the day .... particularly when it is foggy, raining very hard, or there is a very dark overcast. On our last trip we saw many vehicles with no tail lights on. It was very dark out because of low, thick clouds and rain and the lack of lights is a recipe for an accidental meeting.

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