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October 4, 2019

Concrete vs Fibreglass Pools

Concrete Pools or Fibreglass Pools? We are commonly asked, which is better? Honestly that isn’t the right question, as one pool isn’t better than the other? They are […]
October 4, 2019

Canada is home to two of the world’s most overvalued real estate markets

Toronto is the second-most overvalued real estate market in the world, according to a UBS report. The Global Real Estate Bubble Index found only Munich is deeper into […]
September 25, 2019

Patrolling Intersections – This reader is certainly correct on one point

I’ve been asked to comment on why intersections are not patrolled as often as highways. The person making that request observed that there is a significant […]
September 16, 2019

Wet Weather Driving

Welcome to wet weather driving road season in British Columbia! Some areas are blessed with this situation more often than others, but drivers need to be […]
September 12, 2019

Ontario – You can now show your proof of auto insurance electronically

Drivers will be responsible for making sure their phone can display the proof of auto insurance, even with a poor signal, drained battery or damaged screen.  […]
September 5, 2019

First conviction in Canada for driving a canoe while impaired causing death

For the first time in Canada, someone has been convicted of impaired driving charges causing death while paddling a canoe. “This is a unique case in […]
August 29, 2019

ICBC asking drivers & parents to keep kids safe as school returns

Next week, children and adults return to school and work which creates congestion on our roads. ICBC is asking drivers to leave extra travel time, stay […]
August 23, 2019

Understanding life insurance

Submitted BC Local News Life Insurance… Have you ever thought of how much impact smoking has on your finances? Health Canada’s cost calculator finds that smoking […]
August 23, 2019

‘Not humanly possible’: Driving instructor allegedly hacked auto insurance computers

CBC News Insurance investigators raided the home office last month of a Richmond, B.C., driving instructor suspected of hacking the province’s notoriously backlogged wait list for road […]
August 16, 2019

A dashcam can offer an ‘unbiased witness’ in traffic-accident disputes

A dashcam can offer an ‘unbiased witness’ in traffic-accident disputes. In a video taken through the windshield of Dung Le’s 15-year-old Toyota Echo, an oncoming car […]
August 14, 2019

Understanding life insurance – Health

Have you ever thought of how much impact smoking has on your finances? Health Canada’s cost calculator finds that smoking half a pack a day can […]
August 9, 2019

What goes up, must come down — unless it’s car insurance rates, apparently

What goes up, must come down… right? What about car insurance rates…“Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a quote attributed to various famous folk, but the […]
August 5, 2019

Thinking Ahead of Big Trucks

One of the critical concepts I learned as a collision investigator this that fully loaded heavy trucks have 50 to 60% of the braking capability of […]
July 29, 2019

Beefs and Bouquets

Twenty years of traffic law enforcement experience has (mis)shaped what I find entertaining, so every Thursday I find myself reading the beefs in the Nanaimo News […]
July 15, 2019

Electronic Monitoring – change driver behaviour

Our current system of trying to change driver behaviour largely consists of traffic tickets, vehicle impoundment and driver’s licence suspensions. They all rely on traffic policing […]
July 3, 2019

Reflections on Holiday Weekend Traffic

This is a short trip down memory lane with a retired traffic cop: me. I’ve just recently completed a round trip from Vancouver Island to the […]
June 28, 2019

Most Canadians leave their families exposed when it comes to travel insurance

TORONTO, June 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — While 72 per cent of Canadians had some form of travel or medical insurance for recent travels, most leave […]
June 24, 2019

Automated Vehicles And The Future Of Automobile Insurance İn Ontario

Article by David M. Rogers Rogers Partners LLP A few years ago, I listened to two friends have a long discussion about the relevance of automated vehicles. […]
June 13, 2019

Should I signal?

Should I Signal? Paul from CompetentDrivingBC often shares his insights here on DriveSmartBC. I like his explanation of whether to signal or not and decided to […]
June 10, 2019

Fraudulent Compliance Markings

Compliance Markings… I am thinking about upgrading the sealed beams on a vintage car to LED headlights. The LED headlights I’m considering are marked “DOT SAE” […]
June 4, 2019

Ignoring Your Own Safety – Seatbelts

When I learned to drive more than 4 decades ago, seatbelts were becoming standard equipment on all vehicles. Fast forward to today and we have seatbelts, […]
May 31, 2019

Weather Network forecasts summer of flash floods and wildfires

The weather this summer could be starkly different across the country, according to the latest long-range forecast from The Weather Network. Chief meteorologist Chris Scott predicts […]
May 27, 2019

Emergency Vehicles and the Traffic Rules

Emergency Vehicles and the Traffic rules… In my travels this week I was overtaken by a marked police vehicle traveling at 110 km/h in the posted […]
May 24, 2019

Society, individuals pay hefty price for private vehicles

Driving is by far that most expensive way to get around, both for individuals and society as a whole, according to a new travel cost calculator […]
May 22, 2019

Travel insurance now more important than ever

By Bob Boughner,  Postmedia News Travel insurance coverage is about to become more important than ever before. The Ontario government plans to eliminate OHIP’s out-of-country travel […]
May 17, 2019

Road fatalities down significantly on OPP patrolled roads this year

Fatalities are down significantly this year on roads patrolled by Ontario Provincial Police, the force said Wednesday amid a cross-country traffic enforcement blitz. The OPP said […]
May 9, 2019

Is sinkhole damage covered under a standard home insurance policy?

Is damage from a sinkhole covered under a standard homeowner’s policy? No, unless the homeowner purchased an earthquake endorsement. The issue came to light recently following […]
May 7, 2019

Q&A: Do I really have “flood insurance”?

Most standard home insurance policies come with limited coverage for water damage — and with extreme weather events making water damage more and more common (to […]
May 3, 2019

Canada’s spring floods, by the numbers

Flooding has forced thousands of residents from their homes in communities across the country as spring brings severe flooding. Here are some numbers from Ontario, Quebec […]
May 1, 2019

Canada: Suspension Of Insurance Coverage

Canada: Suspension Of Insurance Coverage… On April 1, 2019, Justice Guylène Beaugé of the Superior Court of Québec dismissed a suit brought by two insureds (the […]