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Life Saving Habits: Scan Intersections Before Proceeding

Scan Intersections When the light goes green What are we talking about here? I think we’re talking about that thing about how ‘green means go’ and basically how it’s not actually true. We are talking about the need to scan intersections before driving through them. Scan Intersections When the Light Changes This is especially important… Continue reading Life Saving Habits: Scan Intersections Before Proceeding

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Intersections: Pedestrian-Controlled Traffic Lights Just Confuse Everyone

Question about pedestrian-controlled traffic light intersections Pedestrian-controlled intersections are confusing. Scenario:  North and South have normal intersection traffic lights. East and West (this situation side street) have a stop sign. Does East West traffic not have an obligation to still stop at a stop sign before proceeding or does East West traffic now have the… Continue reading Intersections: Pedestrian-Controlled Traffic Lights Just Confuse Everyone

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When The Traffic Signals Are Out

Question: I was curious about the dark-traffic-light rule. Common advice seems to be to treat the intersection as a 4-way stop, but what should you do when NOBODY is stopping at all. I watched at Quebec and National as nobody slowed or stopped. OK, it’s a three-way intersection (four-way if you add in the Science… Continue reading When The Traffic Signals Are Out

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BC Driving Blog

Don’t worry about the name. BC Driving Blog is not only for British Columbians, and not only about driving. It is written by a driving instructor from British Coumbia who has experience with new drivers (Class 5/7 – regular size cars). Read about the many different skills needed to drive by yourself. Or, look up… Continue reading BC Driving Blog

Should I Pull Into the Intersection?

Entering the Intersection on Green Lights Should I pull into the intersection? We get asked this question a lot. If you’re turning left on a Green Light, then Yes, you should pull into the intersection when you’re yielding to oncoming traffic and/or pedestrians. The only exception would be if there were no available space to turn… Continue reading Should I Pull Into the Intersection?

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Yielding Tips When Driving

What is yielding? What is yielding? To yield simply means to give the right of way. In other words, to let the other road user go first when there’s a potential conflict. The difference between a stop sign and a yield sign is this: At a stop sign, you are always required to stop, even… Continue reading Yielding Tips When Driving

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Start Here

Welcome to BC Driving Blog! Since 2012 it has been the internet’s favorite place to learn how to drive and brush up on driving skills. Okay I made that up, but it sounded good didn’t it! My name is Carmen, and I have been in love with driving since before I was born. As a… Continue reading Start Here

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A whole bunch of New Driver Questions – Answered in Detail

Questions about 4-Way- Stops If 2 vehicles are facing each other and have stopped at the same time, can they go together as they are not bothering anybody? Here’s what the ICBC manual says about 4-way stops: four-way stops — when there are stop signs at all corners: • The first vehicle to arrive at the intersection and come to… Continue reading A whole bunch of New Driver Questions – Answered in Detail

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Learning, Teaching, Driving – Chronicles of Alex [Hours 00-02]

Alex is learning how to drive! Join her as she navigates through the process. The goal: To get the “N” before the end of January, 2016. Goal for driving experience: 3 times per week of practice to a total of at least 60 hours Date: Sunday, October 04, 2015 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Learn/Practice: Basic Stuff Experience: 2 hours Total… Continue reading Learning, Teaching, Driving – Chronicles of Alex [Hours 00-02]

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Q: What is a Through Street?

According to the Act,  “through highway” means a highway or part of a highway at the entrances to which stop signs are erected under this Act; Generally when people say through street it means a street along which the traffic has the right of way over vehicles entering or crossing at intersections. In Context – ICBC Crash Example:  http://www.icbc.com/claims/determine-fault/Documents/collide.pdf : 

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Passing Multiple Vehicles

Question : If I’m in a safe passing zone marked 80km and have 2 cars in front of me, after passing the first vehicle, do I have to then go back to the right lane before overtaking the second vehicle or can I stay in the left lane and continue passing if there are no… Continue reading Passing Multiple Vehicles

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How To Yield

Yield Sign When you are facing a yield sign, you must give the right of way to the traffic on the thru road. (Right of way means “That space at that time”) You can enter without stopping if there are no cyclists, pedestrians, or vehicles already on the road. Slow down, stop if necessary and… Continue reading How To Yield

Q: How long should a new driver drive for before attempting the first road test?

New drivers should drive for at least 60 hours before the road test. (Keep a record log). This is the official recommendation from ICBC, and, from experienced driving instructors as well. After 10 hours of driving.. Most new drivers can control the vehicle in a smooth way, but aren’t sure about right of way or… Continue reading Q: How long should a new driver drive for before attempting the first road test?

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