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Winter Driving

Winter Emergency Kit

Winter conditions can be challenging for even the most experienced driver. A driver’s chances of being injured or killed in a crash dramatically increase during BC’s winter driving season, which runs from Oct. 1 to March 31. Here on the island casualty crashes nearly double from approximately 19 in September to 37 in December. At times our driving skills are pushed to the limit when winter weather – fog, rain, snow and ice make roads more hazardous.

Spending some time now to prepare for winter can lead to a safer travel with these tire tips.

Foggy Windows

Drive BC LogoJust the other day the early morning dew fogged up many windshields. The reason for foggy windows has to do with temperature and the air's moisture content. On a cold day, any moisture turns to condensation when it hits air next to the windows that's below a certain temperature, called the dew point. When the temperature inside the car heats up a vapour barrier builds up and tries to escape and hits the windshield causing it to fog. A dirty windshield will fog up faster because there are dirt particles for the condensate to cling onto.

Many people don't take the time to defrost their vehicle. Crank down the window, turn on the defrost and air conditioner and on the road they go looking through a peek hole of clear windshield. 

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Advisory Bike Lanes

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There is current discussion about an Advisory Bike Lane on Richardson Street in Victoria in order to encourage more cycling than vehicle transportation. An ABL was constructed in a student dominated low volume neighbourhood  Somerset Street East in Ottawa, ON. It was built as an affordable option until the road was rebuilt. The design- two way vehicle traffic using one lane with a bike lane on each side.  How does traffic flow with an ABL?

 

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Retirement from Driving

Retired PosterI got into my car the other day and got to thinking that there will be a time when I will lose my freedom and independence from driving.

How will I know when it is time to retire from driving? I don't want it to be sudden as a result of a crash that may hurt others as well as myself. What can my family do to help with the decision on my abilities? Here are some resources for support with the Retirement Discussion.. Need an update on your current ability to drive? ICBC has a  Practice and Refresher Test to try. Find out what is available as alternative transportation by Planning Ahead.

Fraudulent Compliance Markings

DriveSmartBC LogoI am thinking about upgrading the sealed beams on a vintage car to LED headlights. The LED headlights I'm considering are marked "DOT SAE" on the front. Does that mean that they are legal on roadways in B.C.? The gentleman that posed this question also supplied a web site URL with more information that promised DOT approval and explained that these lights were used by international Baja racing teams. Sounds good, doesn't it?

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Turning Right in Sechelt

DriveSmartBC LogoThis all started with a simple question from my e-mail: "Are right turn lanes allowed at 4 way stop intersections?" The story evolved as I asked questions to try and understand the situation before answering here. It turns out to involve the intersection of Trail Avenue and Cowrie Street in Sechelt.

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