road safety

DriveSmartBC - Trouble After a Vehicle Purchase

DriveSmartBC LogoThis inquiry arrived in the DriveSmartBC inbox last Thursday: "I bought a used newer truck from a dealership and was told prior to signing the final documents that the truck had gone through a full safety inspection. Less than two weeks later I was pulled over and issued a ticket for improperly equipped motor vehicle and issued a box 2 inspection order for my 2017 Dodge Ram 3500."

Pedestrian Injuries Double in Winter

ICBC LogoAlmost double the number of pedestrians are injured in crashes from October to January as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease. On Vancouver Island every year, on average, 390 crashes involve a pedestrian.

That's why today, ICBC is launching a pedestrian safety campaign with police and TransLink to urge pedestrians and drivers to stay safe as crashes with pedestrians spike at this time of year.

RCMP Occupant Restraint Enforcement Campaign

buckle up imageWearing a seatbelt is one of the most important ways for drivers – and passengers – to protect themselves. Your chances of surviving a vehicle crash increase dramatically if you are wearing a seatbelt properly.

Seatbelts reduce the risk of occupants striking the interior of the vehicle, colliding with other passengers, or being ejected.

Every seat used in your vehicle must have a seatbelt.

Leave Your Phone Alone

ICBC LogoDistracted driving now causes more fatal crashes in BC than impaired driving. When you’re behind the wheel, take a break from your phone.

The use of hand-held personal electronic devices has been banned in BC since 2010. The law also applies while you’re stopped at a red light or slowed in traffic.

The penalty for one distracted driving ticket is a $368 fine and four penalty points ($210) for a total of $578.

Retirement from Driving

Retired PosterI got into my car the other day and got to thinking that there will be a time when I will lose my freedom and independence from driving.

How will I know when it is time to retire from driving? I don't want it to be sudden as a result of a crash that may hurt others as well as myself. What can my family do to help with the decision on my abilities? Here are some resources for support with the Retirement Discussion.. Need an update on your current ability to drive? ICBC has a  Practice and Refresher Test to try. Find out what is available as alternative transportation by Planning Ahead.

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