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Welcome to BC Driving Blog, since 2012

Welcome to BC Driving Blog! Since 2012 it has been the internet’s favorite place to:

  • Learn how to drive
  • Get a driving instructor’s point of view
  • With student drivers’ stories from the road test

My name is Carmen, and I have been in love with driving since, like, before I was born. As if my parents knew to give me the name with the Car already in it?! As a kid, I would watch the cars driving down the highway from my window rather than watching Sesame Street.

I thought it was indeed quite majestic when two opposing cars would appear to cross one another at the very point where the two mountains dipped into a valley of sorts. It was art. When my cousin, a few years later, introduced me to a car racing video game, that’s when I truly and deeply understood that I would have a problem with driving.

I started this site in 2012 after deciding to resign as a driving instructor in North Vancouver. This was after nearly ten years of teaching many different types of drivers for class 5/7 passenger vehicles, including using standard and automatic vehicles (yes, it was the good ole Toyota Corolla, don’t knock it till you try it), a huge mini-van, and even a small bus.

Drivers were not only the local teens, but drivers from various countries, experienced drivers needing a refresher or to build confidence, seniors, and everything in between.

I wanted to still share my driving instructor brain with the world, but teaching people how to drive one at a time was so time-consuming. Why not turn my knowledge into a website, from the comfort of my own home, wearing my Santa pajamas all year round? I guess my secret is out now that I’m perhaps almost more of a writer (or a “content creator,” which sounds more hip and modern) than a car-obsessed, driving-obsessed driving instructor.

Top 10 Most Popular Articles [Oct. 2022]

  1. ICBC’s L&N Restrictions – Complete Summary & FAQ
  2. British Columbia School and Playground Zone Guide for Drivers
  3. Road Test: Instructor’s Gargantuan Guide to Success
  4. Turn Signals When Backing Up
  5. Turning Right at Green Lights – Comprehensive Tutorial
  6. Road Signs of Canada
  7. Stop Line vs Stop Sign – Driver’s Stopping Guide
  8. Report Dangerous Drivers in British Columbia
  9. Residential Streets & Speed Limits (British Columbia)
  10. ICBC Road Test: Class 5 vs. Class 7 – Prepare & Conquer
  11. ICBC Driver’s Abstract Online (Get your driving records)

New To British Columbia

If you’re new to beautiful British Columbia, welcome! Don’t worry if you’re confused about ICBC, what it is, why it is, what it does, etc., because this is normal. A lot of folks who are from around here still aren’t sure, either. Check out a few of the articles related to this crown corporation that exists uniquely in BC.

Learning How To Drive / Teaching Someone How To Drive

While this entire site is about learning how to drive and could be helpful for teaching someone else how to drive, the following are highly recommended and recently updated articles.

Follow Me On Socials

I’m not that good at social media, but sometimes I try. Check out any of the following and feel free to follow me, or you can find out more about me on my about page. I have recently rediscovered dash cams and Go Pro cameras and have a renewed sense of excitement to make some new videos. So if that’s your thing, definitely check out my YouTube channel and subscribe!

For any comments, questions or concerns, or special requests for a certain video or intersection, please email me at bcdrivingblog @ gmail.com

Hope you can find this resource helpful. If you love it please share it with your friends on socials or with good ole word of mouth. Thanks you!

Carmen

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

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