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Behind the Wheel

Investigating driving complaints made by a member of the public

Investigating driving complaints made by a member of the public

Apr 16, 2024 / 4:00 am

"The officer wasn't even there! How can they issue a ticket to me based only on the word of the other driver?" Police may issue a traffic ticket...

When driving, always check to see if a motorcycle is in your blindspot

When driving, always check to see if a motorcycle is in your blindspot

Apr 9, 2024 / 4:00 am

“I’m a reader of your articles and I wonder if you could remind everyone that there are more motorcycles on the road. We all need to check around...

Pet peeves when it comes to drivers' behaviour

Pet peeves when it comes to drivers' behaviour

Apr 2, 2024 / 4:00 am

Everyone has a pet peeve related to driving, right? I know what mine are, but I was curious about what others might say if I asked, so I did. My faithful weekly...

What to know about trying to back out of an intersection

What to know about trying to back out of an intersection

Mar 26, 2024 / 4:00 am

Twice in the past week, I've watched drivers who were stopped legally in the intersection signalling a left turn back out of the intersection when the...

Rules of the road for electric scooters

Rules of the road for electric scooters

Mar 19, 2024 / 4:00 am

B.C.’s electric kick scooter pilot project has been given a four-year extension. Effective April 5, new rules will come into effect, as the lessons...

Focus is an important skill when driving

Focus is an important skill when driving

Mar 12, 2024 / 4:00 am

We take many of our driving cues from what is happening around us when we are in traffic. If we are paying attention and watching for the correct cues all goes...

Cycling 'crossrides' explained

Cycling 'crossrides' explained

Mar 5, 2024 / 4:00 am

The City of Victoria has rebuilt the intersection of Fernwood Road and Haultain Street to include centre islands, “crossrides,”...

Think about getting home, not just how to get to a party, when you will be drinking

Think about getting home, not just how to get to a party, when you will be drinking

Feb 27, 2024 / 4:00 am

I spoke to a woman this week who was upset at the way the police handled the clearing of an out-of-control party at a residence. Impaired driving was the...

B.C.'s Slow Down Move Over law

B.C.'s Slow Down Move Over law

Feb 20, 2024 / 4:00 am

B.C.'s Slow Down Move Over law came into effect more than two decades ago. When an official vehicle is stopped at the side of the highway and displaying...

Hydrophobic windshield treatments can help you see better while driving at night

Hydrophobic windshield treatments can help you see better while driving at night

Feb 13, 2024 / 4:00 am

If you are like me, the worst time drive is at night in the pouring rain. It's like driving into a wet sack of coal. When another vehicle approaches, the...

Knowing when it's time to give up your driver's licence

Knowing when it's time to give up your driver's licence

Feb 6, 2024 / 4:00 am

Advanced driving directives are to seniors as parent-teen driving contracts are to youth. Both are aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble through an...

Military police have have power over civilians on military bases

Military police have have power over civilians on military bases

Jan 30, 2024 / 4:00 am

What powers do the military police have to enforce traffic laws? Are they able to write traffic tickets to the public like the regular police do? Every once in...

How to choose the right driving school

How to choose the right driving school

Jan 23, 2024 / 4:00 am

Are you a new driver looking for formal training, an older driver facing an Enhanced Road Assessment or simply one of those rare people who wish to improve...

Way's to relieve your stress behind the wheel without road rage

Way's to relieve your stress behind the wheel without road rage

Jan 15, 2024 / 4:00 am

Question: What do we do about driving stress and anger on the roads due to drivers who are endangering the lives of others? What do you recommend to help get...

Parked vehicles and snow removal

Parked vehicles and snow removal

Jan 9, 2024 / 4:00 am

There's nothing like a bit of extreme weather to create problems for snow removal equipment. All that snow has to be pushed somewhere in order clear the...

Keeping roads clear and safe in winter is a challenge

Keeping roads clear and safe in winter is a challenge

Dec 26, 2023 / 4:00 am

I exchanged messages last week with a commercial truck driver who was less than impressed with the winter maintenance of B.C.'s highways. There is no doubt...

Where does a speed zone boundary change?

Where does a speed zone boundary change?

Dec 19, 2023 / 4:00 am

When approaching a speed limit change along the highway, as indicated by appropriate signage, where is the actual speed zone boundary? Am I expected to change...

Data privacy and your driver's licence

Data privacy and your driver's licence

Dec 12, 2023 / 4:00 am

Data privacy is something we all need to be concerned about today. Did you ever think about what might be contained in that magnetic stripe on the back of your...

Dealing with vehicles that should not be on the road

Dealing with vehicles that should not be on the road

Dec 5, 2023 / 4:00 am

As a police officer, sometimes you run across a vehicle on your patrols that has such serious defects it should never have left the driveway. A “Notice...

There are strict rules about replacing the lighting on your vehicle

There are strict rules about replacing the lighting on your vehicle

Nov 28, 2023 / 4:00 am

Could you perhaps comment on poorly focused, high-intensity illegal conversions done to forward lighting on vehicles? This person said he has had many of his...

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