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Behind the Wheel

Making a left turn into the correct lane

Making a left turn into the correct lane

Aug 8, 2023 / 4:00 am

A Courtenay resident is upset with drivers that turn left from the Island Highway onto Ryan Road and fail to enter the first available lane. He identifies this...

What to do when traffic signals are not working at an intersection

What to do when traffic signals are not working at an intersection

Aug 1, 2023 / 4:00 am

With all the power outages in the past few weeks, there have been a lot of intersections where traffic lights were out. Would you please remind everyone of the...

You’re not supposed to cross double solid yellow line on the road

You’re not supposed to cross double solid yellow line on the road

Jul 25, 2023 / 4:00 am

Back in 2009, I was asked about not crossing a double solid yellow line when driving. Two friends were talking about it and thought there had been an update...

Police want to see ID to keep people from masquerading as you

Police want to see ID to keep people from masquerading as you

Jul 18, 2023 / 4:00 am

"I've got 24 hours to produce it, don't I?" and "It doesn't matter, I know my licence number" had to be the two most common...

B.C.'s Driver Improvement Program

B.C.'s Driver Improvement Program

Jul 11, 2023 / 4:00 am

The Driver Improvement Program sounds like something designed to increase a driver's skills and make them a safer, more accomplished operator of a motor...

Just how big can a truck or its load be?

Just how big can a truck or its load be?

Jun 27, 2023 / 4:00 am

How wide? How long? How high? These questions, when asked in relation to vehicles and their loads, probably bring large commercial vehicles to mind for most...

Issue with unlicensed drivers and vehicle impounds

Issue with unlicensed drivers and vehicle impounds

Jun 20, 2023 / 4:00 am

Taking your neighbour's request at face value turned out to be an expensive lesson for Jessica. She lent her vehicle to a neighbour and somewhere on the...

Rules for the ‘u-built ‘utility trailer

Rules for the ‘u-built ‘utility trailer

Jun 13, 2023 / 4:00 am

The quality of a home made or “u-built” utility trailer can range from factory perfect to “I’m amazed that it is still following...

Aim to get the alignment of your headlights right

Aim to get the alignment of your headlights right

Jun 6, 2023 / 4:00 am

After 20 years of full-time traffic policing, you accumulate many memories. I was reminded of one on the weekend when a small pickup truck passed me and I could...

Checking brakes on all trucks is important

Checking brakes on all trucks is important

May 30, 2023 / 4:00 am

The sign says "Trucks, Stop Here, Check Brakes, Steep Hill Ahead." Ask almost anyone and they would likely tell you the sign only applies to heavy...

Rules for cyclists when riding on the road with others cyclists

Rules for cyclists when riding on the road with others cyclists

May 23, 2023 / 4:00 am

Bill 23 - 2023 has received first reading in the B.C. Legislative Assembly. The bill is an attempt to bring a bit more order into the interactions between...

The rules for approaching lane closures

The rules for approaching lane closures

May 16, 2023 / 4:00 am

There is probably nowhere that the unofficial rules of the road are "enforced" by other drivers like that of the lane closure line up. You know,...

Be careful and vigilant turning left at an intersection

Be careful and vigilant turning left at an intersection

May 9, 2023 / 4:00 am

A driver from Rutland e-mailed with a concern regarding the intersection of Nickel Road and Highway 33. Highway 33 is five lanes wide with a two-way left-turn...

Not easy ticketing for noisy motorcycle exhausts

Not easy ticketing for noisy motorcycle exhausts

May 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

“I’ve been looking forward to eating a meal on our back deck and enjoying the warm sunshine outdoors for a while now. A recent evening was the first...

Be very careful with add-on parts on your vehicle

Be very careful with add-on parts on your vehicle

Apr 25, 2023 / 4:00 am

"If it is illegal for me to have on my vehicle, how come they are selling it to me at the store?" That question is common in response to corrective...

How police identify a driver who doesn't have their licence on them

How police identify a driver who doesn't have their licence on them

Apr 18, 2023 / 4:00 am

In the majority of traffic stops the officer pulls the driver over, receives a valid driver's licence with photo, completes the stop and carries on. The...

What to know when buying a modified vehicle in B.C.

What to know when buying a modified vehicle in B.C.

Apr 11, 2023 / 4:00 am

I'm in the process of buying a lifted Jeep YJ and don't know much about the restrictions such as the maximum suspension or body lift. Can you give me...

Drivers licence restrictions help new motorcycle riders get up to speed

Drivers licence restrictions help new motorcycle riders get up to speed

Apr 4, 2023 / 4:00 am

Driver's licence restrictions are used to restrict the operation of motor vehicles until the driver gains sufficient experience in their operation to have...

We are not serious about road safety

We are not serious about road safety

Mar 28, 2023 / 4:00 am

I learned this week that Canadians rank 42nd out of residents in 50 countries based on how well they drive. This disappointed me, until I sat back and thought...

'The police did not take my driving complaint seriously'

'The police did not take my driving complaint seriously'

Mar 21, 2023 / 4:00 am

“The police did not take my driving complaint seriously, what is my next step? I know for a fact my wife and I had the offending vehicle’s B.C....

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