How to Choose from 4 Types of Tires for Winter Driving in BC

Winter is Coming Shift into Winter 3 peak mountain for winter tiresThere’s been a lot of tire talk lately, which is great. Winter is coming, and you obviously want to be prepared.
We want you to be prepared, too. So, we thought we’d go over the four types of tires you are permitted to use when driving high mountain passes and other signed BC highways requiring winter tires for passenger vehicles.

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By Kantor.JH via Wikimedia Commons

1. Studded Winter Tires
How to identify? 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol on sidewall and metal studs on tread
Perform best in? Wet, rough ice, and heavy snow; temperatures below 7C
What else should you know? Studded tires with studs up to 2 mm are allowed on BC highways from October 1 to April 30. Vehicles weighing less than 4,600 kg can have up to 130 studs per tire, and vehicles weighing more can have up to 175 studs per tire.
It’s also important to note that you should use studded tires on all four wheels for optimal control. Legally, you cannot have studded tires only on the front wheels.

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by A7N8X via Wikimedia Commons

2. Non-Studded Winter Tires
How to identify? 3-peaked mountain and snowflake on sidewall
Perform best in? Rough ice and soft to hard-packed snow; temperatures below 7C
What else should you know? Full winter tires with the mountain/snowflake emblem maintain good traction in winter conditions because they are composed of a rubber compound that stays soft in cold temperatures. They also have an aggressive tread design for added traction on snow and ice.

3. All-Weather Tires
How to identify? 3-peaked mountain and snowflake on sidewall (ask tire dealer about the differences between winter and all-weather tires)
Perform best in? Milder winter conditions with rain and fast-melting snow; temperatures above and below 7C
What else should you know? All-weather tires are the newest type of tire designed to counter winter conditions. What makes them different from standard winter tires is they maintain good handling in both cold and warm temperatures, but can be kept on the vehicle year-round. However, they are made of a compound that is not as soft as standard winter tires, so they do not perform quite as well in cold temperatures. Still, the compound is softer than all-season tires.

Winter Tire4. All-Season Tires
How to identify? M+S (Mud and Snow) on the sidewall
Perform best in? Milder, dry or slightly wet conditions
What else should you know? All-season tires will not perform as well as standard winter tires in severe conditions; however, all-season tires have a shape and tread design that gives better traction than summer tires in snow and ice. The tire industry indicates M+S tires are made of a hard compound that offers reduced traction when temperatures dip below 7C, compared to winter tires with the 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol.

All of these tires are legal on highways with winter tire requirements between October 1 and March 31 or April 30, as long as they have a minimum 3.5 mm tread depth. Tip: pick up a tire depth gauge – they are inexpensive and available at most stores that sell auto supplies.

For maximum stability in cold weather and on ice, snow and slush, we recommend using standard winter tires with the mountain/snowflake emblem. On the other hand, if you only drive in a milder area (ie. Lower Mainland) that gets rain rather than snow, you may choose all-weather or all-season tires.

BC’s diverse range of weather can make tire shopping confusing – we know. That’s why we created a website to help guide your decision. No matter what type of tire you use, your driving performance is one of your best defences against cold, snow and ice. Give lots of space in poor conditions. And remember, speed limits are for ideal driving conditions – think dry asphalt, warm weather, windows down, wind in hair – so, please slow down when necessary.

Reference: https://www.tranbc.ca/2014/10/24/how-to-choose-from-4-types-of-winter-tires-for-winter-driving-in-bc/?utm_content=1631729972&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Survey: Canada’s the fifth-easiest country in the world to get a driver’s licence

According to an online driver’s-ed provider, Mexico’s the easiest, and Croatia’s the toughest

Canada is the fifth-easiest country in the world to get your driver’s licence, behind Mexico, Qatar, Latvia and the United States, while it’s toughest and priciest in Croatia.
Reference: https://driving.ca/auto-news/awards-surveys/survey-canadas-the-fifth-easiest-country-in-the-world-to-get-a-drivers-licence?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=driving_promo_AO#Echobox=1632403393-3
 

City launches trial of first ‘slow zone’ in Vancouver with lower speed limit

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The City of Vancouver launched a trial of its first slow zone for local streets in East Vancouver today. Photo via City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver launched a trial of its first slow zone for local streets in East Vancouver today. 

A slow zone is a specifically designated area with slower speeds than other streets. The trial kicked off in the Grandview-Woodland area Wednesday (March 3) and will test an official speed-limit reduction on local streets from 50 km/h (the default speed in the city), explains a news release.

The first slow zone boundaries are Clark Drive, First Avenue, Commercial Drive and Grandview Highway North. Gateway signs, speed limit signs and paint markings will be posted to alert drivers the speed limit is 30 km/h on local streets.

Access and parking in the neighbourhood will not be affected.

Slow zone pilot in Vancouver 

The City launched the slow zone pilot in an effort to advance its “Moving Towards Zero” efforts to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries.

Slower speeds dramatically improve safety for people walking and cycling. According to studies completed by the World Health Organization, higher speeds equal higher probability of fatality. For example, when a vehicle hits a pedestrian at 30 km/h the probability of fatality is 15 per cent. The probability of a fatality increases to 50 per cent when the speed is 50 km/h.

In the fall, staff will report to Council with data results and public feedback received through 311, VanConnect and the towardszero@vancouver.ca email. This pilot will provide information to design other slow zones in the City. 

Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood

In July 2020, Council approved the creation of the slow zone pilot within the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood. The area was identified by staff as the top-ranked neighbourhood based on:

  • Speeds
  • Collisions
  • Vulnerable populations (seniors/children/low income)
  • Community amenities

Walking is the top priority in the City’s Transportation 2040 Plan, and the City is working to improve the safety and comfort of our streets and sidewalks for all road users.

Recently, Former NPA Vancouver councillor, now-independent Rebecca Bligh came under fire for her comments that called for the City to increase the speed limits, rather than decrease them. In response to public outcry on social media, Bligh issued an apology and expanded on her thoughts in a blog post.

Reference: https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/amp/vancouver-news/city-launches-trial-of-first-slow-zone-in-vancouver-with-lower-speed-limit-3512362
 
 

B.C. man takes electric bike ticket to province’s highest court and loses

B.C. man takes electric bike ticket to province's highest court and loses

A Motorino XMr is pictured in this image from Motorino.ca. Look closely and you can just see the pedals. Image Credit: motorino.ca

 A Vancouver man has lost his appeal at the province’s highest court after a panel of judges decided his electric bicycle was more of a vehicle than it was a bicycle so his conviction for driving without a licence was valid.

The majority of a three-judge panel at the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed Ali Moussa Ghadban claim that he should not have been charged with driving without a driver’s licence and with driving without insurance because he was riding a pedal-equipped electric scooter and therefore didn’t need a licence.

According to a Feb. 9, B.C. Court of Appeal decision, Ghadban argued his electric scooter known as a Motorino XMr, qualified as a motor-assisted cycle under the Motor Vehicle Act. Ghadban said he’d done extensive research before buying the scooter and was also told by ICBC that it didn’t offer insurance for his type of electric scooter.

However, two of the panel of three judges didn’t agree.

The Justices ruled that motor-assisted cycles must be designed to be “primarily human-powered” and as Ghadban’s Motorino XMr weighted 300 lbs. it was not designed to be operated primarily by human power.

Ghadban admitted he had never used the pedals.

According to the decision, Ghadban was convicted in B.C. Provincial Court for driving without a licence and without insurance after he was stopped by the RCMP while riding the scooter on a public road in Surrey with his young son in 2018. The RCMP officer asked for his driving licence and proof of insurance but as Ghadban doesn’t drive he doesn’t have a licence. He was then issued the tickets and later convicted in the B.C. Provincial Court.

He appealed his conviction in the B.C. Supreme but lost, and then took the issue to the Court of Appeal.

Much of the decision is given over to the legal definition of a “motor-assisted cycle” which are legal to drive without a licence or insurance in the province.

“The question, in this case, is whether… Ghadban was operating a motor vehicle as that term is defined in the Motor Vehicle Act, or was, instead, operating a motor-assisted cycle,” Justice Harvey Groberman says in the decision.

The decision then goes into length about whether the scooter can be “primarily propelled by human power” and whether the electric motor is a secondary source of power.

“As I see it, a device cannot be a motor-assisted cycle unless it is designed so that the motor is capable of being used to supplement human propulsion,” the decision says.

And the Justice found that it didn’t.

“The scooter is too heavy to be practical as a human-powered device. It is designed to be used as a motor-scooter, not a pedal-powered cycle,” he said.

The decision also mentions that the scooter looks like a motorcycle and reminds parties on both sides that the scooter’s looks have no relevance in the case.

“It is not that the scooter looks like a motorcycle, but rather that it functions as one,” the Justice said.

Ultimately, Ghadban loses the appeal and no doubt retires his wheels to his garage as ICBC won’t insure the Motorino XMr.

Reference: https://infotel.ca/newsitem/bc-man-takes-electric-bike-ticket-to-provinces-highest-court-and-loses/it80972

99 years ago, British Columbians started driving on the right-hand side of the road

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99 years ago, British Columbians started driving on the right-hand side of the road
 
 

Before traffic lights, police constables with white gloves and white batons directed traffic.

In this 1921 photograph, Constable Duncan C. McKinnon keeps order on the busy corner of Hastings and Granville Streets in front of the Canadian Bank of Commerce.

Order may have been a bit more challenging to keep several months later on January 1, 1922, as drivers of automobiles, street cars, and wagons had to adjust to driving on the right side of the road when the rule of the road changed at 6 a.m. that Sunday morning. Up until that point, drivers in B.C. drove British-style, as can be seen in this photograph.

The switch harkened both challenges and opportunities. Besides the obvious potential for serious accidents, the valuation of some property came into question. Property on corners where street cars stopped could generally command higher rental rates from businesses.

When street car stops had to be relocated to opposite sides of the road, some landlords were set to lose, and others benefit. There was also the question of how horses would behave, and a slightly tongue-in-cheek article ran in the December 29, 1921 Vancouver Daily World detailing a horse’s views of the change.

The main benefit, however, was bringing B.C.’s rule of the road in line with most other Canadian provinces, as well as the United States. This was important given that motoring trips taken by tourists were growing in popularity. Out-of-province visitors would no longer have to constantly remind themselves to “keep to the left”.

Reference: https://www.burnabynow.com/local-news/british-columbia-right-side-driving-change-1922-3227966

Keep Right, Let Others Pass

 

Overview

Effective June 2015, motorists are required to keep right and let others pass. This applies to B.C. highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater.

Driving in the left lane is not permitted unless a motorist is:

  • overtaking and passing another vehicle
  • moving left to allow traffic to merge
  • preparing for a left hand turn
  • passing a stopped official vehicle displaying red, blue or yellow flashing lights (for example, police cars, ambulances, tow trucks, maintenance or construction vehicles). Remember to Slow Down and Move Over.

Slower-moving vehicles reduce the efficiency of the highway system. This frustrates many motorists and can result in aggressive and erratic driving behaviour.

High Traffic Conditions

When the speed of traffic is 50 km/h or slower on a highway with a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater, a driver may remain in the left hand lane. However, when traffic speed rises above 50 km/h, the driver should move into the right hand lane.

Rules and Penalties

Signs and line markings direct traffic to keep right and let others pass. The Motor Vehicle Act – Part 3, sections 150 – Driver on Right and 151.1 – When Drivers Must Not Use Leftmost Lane specifically address the requirements. Drivers failing to keep right may receive a fine of $167 traffic violation ticket that also carries 3 penalty points. Offences and infractions that include penalty points can lead to a driving prohibition.

Reference: https://vancouver.ca/police/organization/operations/traffic/faqs-traffic.html

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Be Truck Aware

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Leave space. Be safe. Be truck aware.

Be Truck Aware is a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at raising awareness of the hazards of passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks not sharing the road safely – and how to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash with a large truck.

Slow Down, Move Over

Overview

In British Columbia, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes maintenance workers, utility workers, police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers.

Motorists must slow their speed to:

  • 70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone
  • 40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone

If travelling on a multi-lane road, drivers must move into another lane to pass when passing stopped vehicles with a flashing light, where safe to do so. This provides roadside workers and emergency personnel with greater protection from accident and injury.

Rules and Penalties

Drivers failing to adjust their speed or failing to move over may receive a $173 traffic violation ticket that also carries 3 penalty points. Offences and infractions that include penalty points can lead to a driving prohibition.

Reference: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/road-safety-rules-and-consequences/slow-down-move-over

TRAFFIC FAQS

Please note that the information below may only relate to Vancouver bylaws. Check with your local jurisdiction for similar or different by-law issues.

Q. Is it legal to use an electronic device while stopped in traffic or at a traffic signal?

A. No. Under section 214.2, a person must not use an electronic device while driving or operating a motor vehicle, which includes talking, texting and emailing. Drivers stopped in traffic or at a traffic light are still considered to be operating a motor vehicle and included in the definition of “driving.” Your first ticket will cost you $368.00 and four points, for a total of $543.00. Your second offence within 12 months will cost you $368.00 and eight points, for a total of $888.00. Subsequent tickets in the same year will continue to increase and could go as high as $24,000.

More information from ICBC

Q. Is it legal for a pedestrian to enter a crosswalk at an intersection when the pedestrian traffic signal is displaying a flashing raised hand? What if the hand signal is not flashing?

A. A pedestrian must not enter the roadway at an intersection when the pedestrian traffic signal is displaying the outline of a raised hand, or the words “Wait” or “Don’t Walk,” whether it is flashing or not.

Q. Who has the right of way in traffic circles?

A. You yield to traffic coming from your immediate left already in the roundabout before you enter.

Q. What is the speed limit in the city of Vancouver?

A. The speed limit in any municipality in B.C. is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted.

Q. Can you make a left hand turn at an intersection with a red light, from a two-way street onto a one-way street?

A. Yes, you are permitted to turn left from a two-way street onto a one-way street at an intersection when you are facing a RED traffic light; providing the intersection is clear of vehicles, cyclists and / or pedestrians and that you are intending on travelling in the direction of the one-way street and it is safe to do so. You have to come to a complete stop immediately before entering the intersection or entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of that intersection.

Q. Is it okay to change or alter my “L” or “N” sign?

A. No, if you have a restriction on your driver’s licence requiring you to display an official “L” or “N” sign, you are not permitted to alter that sign in any way. That means you may not cut it or trim it, and the entire sign must be in clear view, either in the back window or attached to the back of the vehicle you are operating.

Q. To what degree can my car windows be tinted?

A. Front window shields can not be tinted more than 75 mm below the top of window. Front side windows can not be tinted. Rear window shields may be tinted provided the vehicle has outside mirrors on both the driver’s and passenger’s side. Windows behind the driver may be tinted.

Q. What is the fine for driving without insurance?

A. The fine for driving without insurance is $598.

Q. What is the fine for driving with an obstructed license plate?

A. The fine for driving with an obstructed license plate is $230.

Q. What is considered a nuisance car alarm?

A. Car alarms may not sound longer than one (1) minute or more than 3 times in a 24-hour period. If it does, the vehicle can be towed and all costs will be incurred by the registered owner.

Q. Is it legal to leave my car running when I’m not in it?

A. It is illegal to leave your vehicle engine running or leave the keys in the ignition while you are not in the vehicle. This includes parking lots or any lot where the public has access.

Reference: https://vancouver.ca/police/organization/operations/traffic/faqs-traffic.html

Vancouverites called 911 during power outage to ask how 4-way stops work

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While the lights were out for thousands of people during Wednesday morning’s power outage in Vancouver, it appears others were in the dark when it came to what should be relatively simple procedures during the ordeal.

On Twitter, E-Comm said that during the outage, dispatchers experienced a “surge” in calls about everything from information on the outage to those trying to navigate four-way stops without the help of traffic lights.

For reference, DriveSmart BC states that when it comes to four-way stop situations, “it is meant to be first to stop, first to go.”

If two vehicles arrive at the same time, “you yield to the vehicle on your right.”

If two vehicles facing each other stop at the same time “the rule for the same situation in the two-way stop applies.”

Finally, “if there is any doubt who has the right of way or if there is the chance of a crash, it is better to yield the right of way to the other driver, even if you don’t have to.”

And as for the higher call volume on Wednesday morning, E-Comm reminded people to “keep 911 lines free for emergencies only.”

BC Hydro announced the outage shortly after 9:30 am, saying that 50,000 customers were affected, and the outage spanned north of King Edward Avenue, south of 6th Avenue, west of Cambie Street, and East of Arbutus Street.

They added the cause was likely a “transmission circuit failure.”

Shortly after 10 am, BC Hydro announced that crews restored power to customers affected by the outage.

Reference:  https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-911-power-outage

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Dooring

The act of dooring is when a driver or passenger opens a car door unsafely into the path of oncoming traffic, resulting in a collision or swerving. Dooring can lead to serious injuries or even death, particularly for cyclists.

To help reduce dooring collisions and keep all road users safe, the B.C. government has significantly increased the fine for dooring.

Penalty 

Effective September 21, 2020 anyone opening the door of a parked car when it is not safe will face a fine of $368.

Behaviour Changes

There are simple behaviour changes that can reduce the risk of dooring.

Drivers and passengers should open their door with the far hand by reaching across their body. This forces them to swivel and look in the rear-view mirror, out to the side, and then over their shoulder to see any oncoming traffic. 

Cyclists and other active transportation users should stay at least one metre away from parked cars to avoid collisions. It is useful to remember the saying, “door and a bit more.”

 

Lorraine Complains: Turn on your car’s lights — yes, all of them

Automakers and governments have been slacking off for years on this issue, but if we all agree to follow some simple guidelines, we can fix it ourselves

by LORRAINE SOMMERFELD  

The fabulous Willie Nelson gives this advice for living your best life: 

  1. Don’t be an a-hole;
  2. Don’t be an a-hole;
  3. Don’t be a goddamned a-hole.

The less-fabulous Lorraine Sommerfeld would like to add to that:

  1. Put on your lights;
  2. Put on your lights;
  3. Put on your goddamned lights.

Throughout my years rambling through this industry, this is the second biggest pet peeve that drivers bring to me. People who plug along in the passing lane are the first. I believe the unlighted steeds on our roadways are a bigger threat.

 

It’s more noticeable as the days get shorter and the season gets rainier. Well, it’s less noticeable. Most of you reading this are aware, but let’s pull apart the equation.

Daytime running lights (DRLs) were made mandatory on new cars in Canada as of December 1, 1989. When you start your car, smaller secondary lights – DRLs – come on in the front, and your dashboard is lit up. Study after study shows safety advantages and marked collision reductions when cars have these added lights.

Some argue the largest advantage is in countries in the northern hemisphere — like Canada. Some hate them and disconnect them via an aftermarket workaround. (Some provinces, like Alberta, state that if your car has them, you have to keep them maintained. Before you go yanking them out, check the law.)

The problem with DRLs and the error made when they were ushered into law is the rear lights on many vehicles (Honda and Toyota are big culprits, here) are not tied to the front lights nor the dash. Because studies showed that additional illumination on the front was an advantage, but not the rear, too many manufacturers tossed them on the front only. Wouldn’t be a problem, but the ensuing dog’s breakfast of confusion surrounding lighting systems has resulted in some very dangerous driving conditions.

Back in olden times, if you didn’t have your lights on, your dash was dark. It was an instant reminder that you hadn’t put your headlights on. An always-backlit dash removes that reminder. Many drivers are driving on highly lit roadways and those little DRLs are just enough to allow them to forget they don’t have their proper lights on. Drive down a dark rural road and you’ll know in a heartbeat your lights aren’t on.

Most cars have a setting on their lighting system that says “Auto.” This means when dusk or rain sets in, the car will automatically engage its full lighting harness, which includes the rear lights. If your car is not set in Auto, you are driving with only your DRLs on. Your rear may be black.

Of course, it makes no sense. Of course, it’s been a problem since its inception. It will finally be addressed in September 2021, when all cars made or sold in Canada will be required to have the front and rear harnesses connected. This means only another ten or fifteen years until most cars will be properly lit. Sigh.

I would love to post a full list of cars that have this problem. I started one a decade ago, then realized how futile it was to try. Some brands (Mercedes-Benz and Porsche spring to mind) have their lighting systems done properly across their lineup. But for everyone else? It’s hit and miss.

Various makes, some models within those makes, some years of those models — there is no consistency unless a manufacturer has established the very wise rule that everything they put out will have their DRLs tied to both the front and rear lights.

The law and the manufacturers are late to the table—we can fix this ourselves


“Why don’t they ticket them?” yell many, including myself. According to Sergeant Jason Kraft with Toronto Police Services, in Ontario, they can, and do. “The HTA states ‘every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle shall carry three lighted lamps in a conspicuous position, one on each side of the front of the vehicle which shall display a white or amber light only, and one on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red light only,’” he explains.Most people don’t intentionally forget to put on their headlights. In a perfect world, drivers would automatically put on their full lighting system whenever they drive, day or night. It’s a good habit. When you get out of your car, it will do one of two things: squawk at you to turn the lights off, or shut them down itself. This is the best format; you can just leave your car lights turned on all the time and forget about it. “Auto” is OK; full system is better.

“By driving with daytime running lights only [one-half hour before sunset until one-half hour after sunrise], your rear red lights are not activated at all, thus the charge of ‘Drive without proper rear light’ HTA62(1) would be laid,” he says, adding most people are unaware they’ve failed to pull on their full system. So an officer might tell them so, the driver puts it on, and they’re on their way.

There is an additional charge for only having your DRLs on; the front bulbs are not strong enough to meet the law requiring your vehicle to be seen from 110 metres away. You might get a warning, but you’re risking two $110 fines.

Best practices? Pull on your full lighting harness every time you drive. If you set your system to “Auto,” double-check it periodically, and each time someone else has driven your car, whether they be family, mechanic, valet, or detailer. In a rental, check.

Instead of saying people who mess up are too stupid to drive, talk to everyone you care about and make sure they’re aware of this. New drivers, or those who seldom drive, can use some direction, not snark.

The law and the manufacturers are late to the table. We can fix this ourselves. And, no, I know of no signal to let people know only their DRLs are on. Come up with one, and I’ll publish it.

Reference: 

https://driving.ca/column/lorraine/lorraine-complains-put-on-your-cars-lights-yes-all-of-them

These are the Safest—and Most Dangerous—Days to Drive in Canada

A recent Allstate Canada Safe Driving Study sheds some fascinating light on the driving habits of Canadians—including the most dangerous day of the week to drive. For 10 years running, the survey—which involved an in-depth analysis of Allstate Canada’s collision claims from 2008 to 2018—found that there were more collisions reported on Fridays than any other day of the week. Conversely, the safest day of the week to drive tends to be Sunday.

The single most dangerous days to drive in the entire calendar year, however, are the days leading up to Christmas, with Ontarians making the most collision claims on December 21, and Alberta and New Brunswick following suit on December 23. (Don’t miss these essential tips for a safe winter road trip.)

Across the board, Christmas Day itself is the safest day to be on the road, with the least number of collisions reported.

The study also revealed the following, based on claims reported in the last decade:

The safest community to drive in Canada: Hanmer, Ontario
The most dangerous community to drive in Canada: North York, Ontario
The community with the greatest increase in claims over 10 years: TIE — Kitchener, Ontario, and Brantford, Ontario (both +67%)
The community with the greatest decrease in claims over 10 years: Spruce Grove, Alberta (-27%)
The top five types of collision reported across Canada in 2018:
1. Rear ended (Here’s why you should never follow a friend while driving.)
2. Turning & intersections
3. Parked vehicle
4. Lane change
5. Stationary object or ditch

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British Columbians divulge worst driving habits in survey

British Columbians divulge worst driving habits in survey

Finder.com looks into dangerous and reckless driving habits across the country

While a new report has found that a majority of Canadians are prone to some bad behaviour behind the wheel, it’s British Columbians and Albertans that are most likely to speed.

On Wednesday (Sept. 30), Finder.com released results from its latest survey looking at dangerous driving, which revealed that 19 million, or 63 per cent, of Canadians admit to engaging in reckless driving behaviour at one point or another.

According to responses from 1,027 drivers across the country, eating tops the list of dangerous driving habits with 49 per cent admitting to snacking behind the wheel.

Other common offenses include speeding (33 per cent), forgetting to signal (21 per cent), and driving while sleepy (21 per cent).

Broken down by province, Alberta drivers are the speediest behind the wheel, followed by British Columbians.

BC drivers’ top three reckless driving habits are eating (47 per cent), speeding (39 per cent) and failing to signal (24 per cent).

Scott Birke, publisher for Finder.com, said it’s shocking to see just how many drivers are putting their lives at risk.

“It only takes a split second to make a serious life changing mistake, yet a huge number of Canadians are snacking and speeding behind the wheel,” he said.

“Whether you’re replying to a text message, or reaching into the backseat, taking your eyes off the road for a second can be the difference between life and death.”

Male drivers are more likely than female drivers to engage in risky driving behaviour, or 76 per cent compared to 71 per cent, with men significantly more likely to speed and drive with their knees.

Eight-one per cent of millennials admit to dangerous driving – the most of any age group. Millennial drivers are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, run a red light, or reach back to deal with a child than other demographics.

Birke said drivers face having insurance claims rejected if they are deemed to have been driving recklessly or having their premiums increased for at-fault accidents.

“You also put the lives of others at risk– not to mention your own. When it comes to driving, you’re better off safe than sorry.”

Reference: 

https://www.thefreepress.ca/trending-now/british-columbians-divulge-worst-driving-habits-in-survey/

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