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Elderly Driving Integrity

There are few privileges provided to Canadian citizens that require so little maintenance as a driver’s license.  When your license expires every few years, you simply renew it at an ICBC licensing office.  You are not required to actually prove that your driving skills remain adequate. ICBC and the Canadian government trust you to self-report …

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Opting Out of Vehicle Ownership: Car2Go Edition

Choosing not to own a vehicle has its advantages and disadvantages.  On the one hand, you save a significant amount of money on the purchase of a vehicle.  Then there are the monthly insurance payments that you do not have to partake in.  And, especially lately, you save big money on gas if you only …

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A Crash Course on Car Seats

“The car can’t turn on without your seatbelts clicked in!”  Does that phrase sound familiar?  Perhaps you’ve said something like it to your children.  Or maybe you were tricked by that suggestion as a child yourself. Parents and caregivers often have to find creative ways to make children more agreeable to safety measures.  The intention …

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Autonomous Vehicles: So Far Not So Safe

The push towards vehicle automation and autonomous driving has been growing larger, creating a very competitive market.  Nearly all of the Big-Name car brands are working on some form of autonomous driving, with a few having already achieved this. A significant driving force to this development is monetary.  The more gadgets you put in a …

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Volvo Hopes For Zero Traffic Fatalities

Distant are the days when vehicle safety was a new concept.  It did not take vehicle manufacturers nor legislators long to determine that a great deal of the injuries suffered in car accidents were preventable.  Seatbelts have been a requirement for quite some time now.  And do you remember when there were no drinking-and-driving laws? …

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“Tuning Up for Drivers”

We can expect that teenagers will be influenced by the driving behavior of their parents. And so ICBC has designed a publication, Tuning Up for Drivers, that it encourages beginning drivers to read and discuss with their supervising drivers, for the benefit of both. The book is divided into 20 “sessions”. Each session has two …

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The Two Second Rule

Rear end collisions are one of the major categories of automobile collisions.  They appear to account for around 10% of the total number of collisions in provinces such as Nova Scotia, and up to 30% or more of the total collisions in North America generally.  The higher number almost certainly applies to British Columbia, particularly …

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Decoding Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication

In Driver’s Education we are taught the ins and outs of vehicle-to-vehicle communication.  We learn that your turn-signals indicate the direction you plan to turn to other vehicles.  We learn that your brake lights come on when you’re slowing down, so that other drivers know to follow suit.  Beyond these simple communications, however, there can …

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Surviving A Left Turn

Every day, all over North America, millions of left turns are executed safely.  Statistically, they are still one of the most dangerous maneuvers and the cause of many accidents.  Left turn accidents can be like head-on collisions involving serious injury to drivers and especially front seat passengers.  Left turn accidents can also involve the most …

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Your Dog Needs A Seatbelt Too

In the event of a collision, anything in a vehicle that is not restrained is likely to fly around, possibly injuring passengers.  This risk of serious injury may be low if the item is a box of Kleenex.  Alternatively, the risk is quite high if the unrestrained item is a dog.  Shockingly, only 16% of …

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