Sign Colours and their Meanings

The colours of road signs have very specific meanings: White and black signs are regulation signs.  This means if you disregard what is on the sign, you’re breaking the law. A sign with a Yellow background is a warning, caution, or recommended speed sign.     Freeway & Highway Signs Green Green signs are for distances and direction (exits)   …

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How to navigate a residential traffic circle

Residential traffic circles are designed to increase safety and to slow down traffic in residential areas (where there may be children, dogs, people walking, bikes, skate boarders, cars backing out of driveways, and other hazards) without necessarily forcing traffic to completely stop (as required at 2-way stops and 4-way stops). – It is generally impossible to have a head-on collision in these …

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How to deal with stopped emergency vehicles

Did you know that if you’re driving past a stopped emergency vehicle with lights flashing you are required by BC law to slow down and move over if possible? If you’re driving on a road where the speed limit is 80 km/hr or higher, slow to 70 km/hr. If you’re driving on a road where the speed limit is below …

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Traffic Lights hiding behind Large Vehicles

When there’s a large vehicle in front of you, you can not see your traffic light. Or can you? The typical intersection in the Vancouver area has another signal light on the left (and sometimes right) side of the intersection so that you can still see the light if there’s a larger vehicle blocking your view. This light is often …

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School and Playground Zones

School Zones 30 km/hr School zone signs are in the shape of a house and are 30 km/hr between 8 am and 5 pm on school days unless otherwise posted. These are not in effect during summer holidays, winter break, spring break, etc., unless it is accompanied by an obvious “Summer school” sign attached.     Playground Zones     …

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The fast lane

On highways & freeways the left lane is the fast lane. Do not drive in this lane unless you are going faster than the traffic in the other lanes and/or passing a vehicle. Do not hang out in the left lane for your leisurely Sunday cruise; people behind you will probably freak out.

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How to be a good pedestrian

  If you must walk on the road, walk facing the traffic (not with your back to traffic). This way you can get eye contact and move out of the way if necessary. If you walk with your back to the traffic, you won’t know what is creeping up behind you such as a distracted driver, a car with failed …

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