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Yearly Archives: 2013

The eyes have it for safety on the road

December 30, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, December 11th , 2013 The way a driver sees the road, and all hazards in the full space cushion around the vehicle, is a key factor in distinguishing a great driver from the rest. Identifying the… Read More…

Youth, seniors have different driving needs

December 20, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, December 5th , 2013 Younger and older drivers have striking differences when it comes to the most basic of driving behaviours. Younger drivers brake and steer at the same time, while letting the computerized anti-lock braking… Read More…

Help kids learn to drive the right way

December 13, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, November 27, 2013 The first required B.C. driver’s road test does not include a highway component. Nor is there a mandatory high-speed merge. In fact, the first road test does not allow the candidate for a… Read More…

B.C. must toughen its road tests now

December 12, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, November 20, 2013 The first required B.C. driver’s road test does not include a highway component. Nor is there a mandatory high-speed merge. In fact, the first road test does not allow the candidate for a… Read More…

Myriad reasons for getting your licence

November 20, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, November 13, 2013 Whenever I ask why a new driver candidate wants a licence, there is often a predictable response — but there are sometimes unique and unpredictable answers to the question. Freedom and independence are… Read More…

How we can stop distracted driving

November 12, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, October 23rd 2013 While at the regional driving-school meetings in Portland, Ore., I learned that distracted driving has marginally surpassed drunk driving as the leading cause of serious vehicle crashes in the U.S. The statistic… Read More…

The perils of Victoria’s parking ‘police’

November 8, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, November 6th 2013 My first brush with overzealous City of Victoria parking enforcers was odd at best and bizarre at worst. I had pulled over on Yates, a one-way street, just past Cook Street in… Read More…

Is it time you took a refresher driving course?

November 4, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, October 30th 2013 When was the last time you had a practical driving assessment? I had one at a driving-school convention in San Francisco a little more than a year ago. Most drivers will never… Read More…

How fast is too fast? Here’s how to tell

October 21, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, Oct 17th 2013 How fast is too fast? How slow is too slow? Canadian vehicle speed culture is well-entrenched and well-defined by regulators, enforcement agents, licensing authorities and drivers. Canadians, by and large, view speed-limit… Read More…

Readers weigh in on McTavish roundabouts

October 16, 2013

By Steve Wallace, Times Colonist, Oct 4th 2013 There was a strong reaction to last week’s column on roundabouts. The mention of the McTavish traffic circle configuration, in particular, sparked considerable unsolicited suggestions, criticisms and general negative comment. Here are… Read More…

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