DriveSmart BC


DriveSmart BC – Bicycle Lanes

“Don’t design streets for the traffic that you have, design streets for the traffic that you want.” This bit of wisdom from a traffic engineer may strike terror into the hearts of motorists but could be considered as long overdue…


DriveSmart BC – Sharing with Horses

Our Motor Vehicle Act defines traffic as pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to travel. That’s right, a horse being ridden on the highway is considered to be…


DriveSmart BC – Bulldozers!

A reader explains that several times they’ve been on the highway and had someone, usually in a big truck or old car come right up behind, so close that they can’t really see the front of the vehicle. The reader…



DriveSmart BC – Ticket Fallacies

I refused to sign the ticket that I got for speeding last week. Does that mean this ticket is invalid and I don’t have to pay it? Questions like this one are common from readers who were not happy following…


DriveSmart BC – Pedestrians on the Highway

“Don’t pedestrians have to use the sidewalks?” asks a reader. The concern expressed here is that when a safe place is provided for pedestrians away from traffic flow, some people choose not to use it. The reader observes that these…


DriveSmart BC – Police Powers

If you are stopped by the police, just what is it that the officer is entitled to do? This is a simple enough question, and one that I’m not sure that many drivers and their passengers have stopped to consider….


DriveSmart BC – Be Prepared for Trouble!

I remember putting chains on my father’s tow truck and plowing snow with the front bumper at 30 mph to go and drag a hapless motorist back onto the highway. I also remember my time in northern BC where one…


DriveSmart BC – Lack of Mufflers

There sometimes seem to be two types of people when it comes to the sounds emitted by vehicle exhaust systems: those who hate it and those who try to balance calling attention to themselves yet not provoke a response from…