Back out of my driveway? There is no law against it
There’s no law that says you can’t back out of your own driveway.
The law says this about reversing
“Caution in backing vehicle
193 The driver of a vehicle must not cause the vehicle to move backwards into an intersection or over a crosswalk, and must not in any event or at any place cause a vehicle to move backwards unless the movement can be made in safety.” (Motor Vehicle Act)
When most people reverse out of their driveway they are simply reversing onto a street mid-block, which is not considered an intersection
So unless your house is located in the middle of an intersection or ridiculously close to one (anything is possible I guess!) then I can’t see how it would be necessarily illegal to reverse out of your driveway.
So, make sure it is safe and clear, then reverse
Yes please signal for this. Others may be able to see your signal, including people that you are not aware of – legally you must only signal if there’s someone to signal to.
If you can, reverse INTO your driveway so that you don’t have to reverse OUT of it; usually that is a much safer option with much greater visibility.
When you reverse in, you can check out the space you’ll be reversing into and then reverse; when you reverse out, the space you’re reversing into may be constantly changing.
In instances where you must reverse with poor visibility, get a spotter, or at least sound your horn to alert others
Keep in mind, vehicles exiting driveways (whether it may be forwards or backwards) are required to yield to road users already traveling down the road.
Keep in mind basic right of way, though. If a vehicle has already reversed from a driveway onto the roadway and then a vehicle traveling down the road is approaching, the approaching vehicle is now legally required to yield, since the vehicle exiting the driveway was in the space first.
If you see someone trying to reverse out of their driveway and you want to stop and let them out, that is fine – just make sure it is actually safe to stop considering the vehicle(s) behind you, road conditions, etc.
Can I Reverse Out Of Driveway Across Solid Yellow Line?
There is no specific law against this. You are required to make sure it is safe before you reverse and while reversing, and to avoid impeding traffic.
Is it illegal to reverse on a main road?
No, there’s no law in British Columbia against reversing on a main road. If you can do it safely, then it’s legal. As long as you aren’t backing up over a crosswalk or into an intersection, then it’s legal.