Ramping Back on New Car Mileage Requirements

On Thursday August 2nd, 2018, the American Administration revealed its long-anticipated plan to roll back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy [CAFE] standards – originally established in the 1970s in response to the Middle East Oil Embargo.  CAFE was intended to cut fuel consumption for environmental betterment and bolster US energy security. The CAFE rules required …

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Mercedes Builds-In a Whole Lot of Artificial Intelligence

Although there are still plenty of car shows and well publicized car collections, it may be that we don’t love our cars like we used to.  Spewing tailpipes, exploding airbags, gridlock, and road taxes dominate a lot of the current media narrative. Things do come round, though, and if the latest new automotive infotainment system …

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Drugs and Driving: Different Studies, Different Conclusions?

With the recreational use of cannabis becoming legal in Canada, many unknowns about the potential impact on road safety remain.  First are the absolute unknowns: whether more people will become recreational users, resulting in more drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians being drug-impaired; whether, as designed, it will reduce teenage usage and, if not, whether this already …

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Drug Impaired Driving

As of October 17, 2018 cannabis is legal in Canada.  This means that a set of laws will come into effect nationally controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis.  This law is said to be intended to protect public health and safety by allowing adults (persons 18 years or older) access to cannabis, …

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Changes in the Colour of Cars

For five weeks in the late summer of 1985, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Freeway of Love’ topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it her highest charting single in twelve years.  Even then it hearkened back to times when cars and romance – glamour and fun all went together. The romance is obvious: —“We goin’ ridin’ on …

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The Rights and Wrongs of Trail Use

On Vancouver’s ‘North Shore’ an extensive recreational trail system has been blazed these past few years.  The North Shore municipalities, together with the federal and provincial governments, First Nations, and other agencies have been working together to create this “unique, waterfront-oriented, multi-use and fully accessible greenway [that] will provide pedestrians, cyclists, inline skaters and people …

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Road Rage on the Hood

Over a year ago, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) released a national study on the extent of Canada’s roadway ‘bottleneck’ problem.  It said that “bottlenecks are the single biggest contributor to road delays, far outpacing traffic collisions, weather and construction,… affecting Canadians in every major urban market, increasing commute times by as much as 50 …

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Don’t Touch the Phone

Although March is technically “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in BC, August is also a good month for a comment on these rules and the penalties for not following them.  This is because August, despite its good weather, long days with lots of daylight driving hours, and usually minimal visibility issues, tends towards having amongst the …

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Burning Cars for Fun

A year ago, Road Rules wrote about the new French problem of burning cars.  The topic was unusual, perhaps more a matter of cultural and sociological import than road safety. But the high number of vehicles burned, the effects on French car insurance, the reasons for such wide-spread destructive behavior, and the question of suppressing …

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Scooters Galore

The assertion that the humble scooter was invented in Germany in 1817 is plausible, but invention dates and details of often controversial.  It just makes for a too-neat history: 200 years from a simple toy-like vehicle of small wheels on a piece of wood with a handlebar to the founding of ‘Bird’, the Santa Monica-based …

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