How to Pass Your ICBC (Class 7) Road Test

No clever headline… I just wanted to make this as visible and easy for people to find. Let me introduce you to Carmen Cohoe, another driving instructor, based in Vancouver, and the wonderful mind behind the BC Driving Blog, which is also home to The Ultimate Guide to ICBC Road Test/Driving Test Success. Click HERE…

BMW

My students all know that I love to rag on BMW owners… Yeah, I know. There are plenty of good, responsible safe beemer-owners out there and just as many unsafe drivers of other makes. But it seems there’s never a shortage of examples to reinforce the stereotype, especially during my lessons. (One of my old…

PSA: Hill Parking and You. Yes, you!

While my goal is to make this Blog mainly about the lighter side of driving (because there are LOTS of “how to” sites and didactic driving instructors already on the Internet), there are the occasional times when something crosses my desk that I feel is worthwhile to post, even if it’s of a more serious…

Who Needs Traffic Lights?

Apparently, the Ethiopians don’t. A friend on Facebook recently shared this video clip of Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But I have to say, that in spite of how insane and anarchic it looks, there seems to be an odd sense of order. Notice how people tend to yield to one another, and even…

Killing Kittens

I hesitated in posting this. As a driving instructor I’m always concerned that I teach my students the right thing and don’t encourage them to do things that will endanger them or others. And yet, it’s easy to get callous and even robotic in applying certain principles… Like not braking to avoid a small animal…

You Build Me Up, Buttercup!

What happens when you’re stuck in LA traffic and start singing to the people in cars around you? Take a look! (Minor spoiler: only one middle finger). Lol!

Pedestrian Struck By Car in Comox

The Times Columnist reported that this was the third time in less than a month that a pedestrian was hit by a car in Comox. Why Comox? I have no idea. But what I DO know, is that this is exactly the type of collision that I try to help my students avoid during our…

Crocs blamed for Quiznos crash

This was the headline from a CTV News article from August 4, 2016. Interestingly, the crash happened only three blocks from my house. This driver’s shoe wedged the gas pedal down and she crashed through the front window of a fast food joint. Please, everyone… Whenever you sit down behind the wheel of a car,…

Drive Smart BC

If you’re looking for a great resource about driving and driving safety in BC, I highly recommend drivesmartbc.ca. It’s a great Blog site, updated regularly, and run by an ex-cop. There’s an active comments section, but my favourite parts are the case law articles. Each one presents a unique and interesting example of a traffic…

Distracted Driving (no cellphone required)

Nowadays, when we talk about distracted driving, the first thing that comes to mind is texting or using a phone. But this vid from a little while back just goes to show that there are many other ways to be stupid behind the wheel. Yes, this is illegal, and in BC, as of June 2016,…

How to Park Your Porsche in Vancouver

This vid went viral in the summer of 2016. It shows a teen driver (who did not have his license) hopelessly try to park the family car in a garage. I think this is what started it all — my interest in setting up this Blog… I’ve shared this with many of my students already…

School Zones: Do You Know Your Signs?

September marks the start of a new school year, and ICBC, local police departments, and DriveBC are rolling out a new campaign aimed at stopping and fining those who break the law. A helpful Tweet from DriveBC reminds us what each of these signs means, in case you’ve forgotten from when you did your written…