Road Safety

BC Day Travel - Tips From ICBC

ICBC LogoLong weekends mean more vehicles – and crashes – on B.C. roads. On average, three people are killed and 560 injured in crashes over the B.C. Day long weekend every year. In a new ICBC survey, 66% of respondents stated they have already taken or will be taking a road trip this summer. Nearly half of those planning a road trip (45%) stated they’ll be driving more than they did last summer. We’re sharing important safety tips for drivers to help keep our roads safe this long weekend.

Never Loan Your Vehicle to Anyone

DriveSmartBC LogoCould you possibly advise us on how best to handle international visitors using our vehicle? We are traveling to Europe this summer and friends from there will be using our car (two different families at two different times). I would like to ensure that we are adequately covered in the event that they should be involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident in our car. I also wonder if they can take our vehicle into the US?

Railroad Crossing Etiquette

DriveSmartBC LogoUsing proper caution at railway crossings is something that all drivers must remember because the train will not stop for you. It is easy to forget to look if you use a crossing regularly but don’t often encounter a train. About 20 crossing collisions occur each year in British Columbia according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Motorized Wheelchairs

DriveSmartBC LogoI have grave concerns about the safety of those driving battery operated wheelchairs and about the dangers involved for car drivers in dealing with their activities on the road. For instance, are those wheelchairs allowed legally on the roadways? I'm all in favour of personal navigation being available for those unable to drive anymore....but isn't that the reason the cities make our sidewalk curbs manageable for wheelchairs?

Turning Left at a Red Light

DriveSmartBC LogoWhen I was relatively new to police work I was patrolling behind a car that had stopped at a red light with the left turn signal blinking. The next thing I knew, this car had turned left against the red light! Well, on went the lights and siren and I chased down this alleged red light runner. This would be an easy ticket, or so I thought.

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