Right-of-Way Basics

In General Generally speaking, left turns must yield to right turns, and left turns must yield to conflicting traffic that is travelling straight ahead. Why? When you turn right, frequently you’re just turning across a pedestrian crosswalk or pedestrian/bicycle area. When you turn left, you’re turning across pedestrian/bicycle area plus the oncoming traffic lane(s). Generally right turns are commonly a …

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Boulevard Driving Demo (w/video)

This type of intersection confuses many learner drivers in ways that other intersections just can’t compare to!! Really though it is simply a 2-way stop. It just happens to be a very Large 2-way stop. There happens to be some grass in the middle of the road. But the rest of the rules, in terms of right-of-way, are the same. …

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Fun with Traffic Sensors & Left Turning Lanes

Many left turn lanes in Vancouver are quite long and are equipped with 2 sets of traffic sensors. This means if there’s only 1 car waiting in the left turn lane when the light is red, then the car will not get the advanced left turning arrow; if there are “several” cars in the lane, then the traffic light will …

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Q: Can I use my friend’s car for the road test?

ICBC does not have a fleet of vehicles for people to use on their road test. You must show up with a car to your test and you may use any car that you have permission to drive (be aware some people have company vehicles/policies and insurance only for drivers who have been driving for 10 years or more) that …

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What are Fresh Lights and Stale Lights?

Fresh   A Fresh light is a green light you know for sure is going to stay green. The only way to be 100% certain is to see the pedestrian “Walk” signal advising the pedestrians that they may start walking across the crosswalk.   Stale   A Stale green light is one that you think might change to yellow soon. …

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Dempster Highway (part 3: almost at the end of the road)

When I say “The end of the road” I’m talking Inuvik, NWT, but in the winter, you can keep driving on an ice road, even further! But it was June.         If you keep driving on the Dempster, you’ll have to take 2 ferries. The ferry rides were one of the most memorable experiences!  They are free, …

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Q: What should I do if I encounter a cyclist at a 4-way stop?

Answer: Treat him/her as a car, just like you would treat any other car at a 4-way stop. Cyclists are required to follow the road rules just as cars do. This means they could get a speeding ticket, and are required to stop at stop signs, red lights, etc. If you encounter a cyclist at a crosswalk, then treat him/her …

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