Tips and How Tos

Some suggestions and best practices when travelling BC highways to get you to your destination safely.

Keep Right, Let Others Pass Law is Now Official on BC Highways

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck behind a slow moving vehicle travelling in the left lane of a BC highway, we have some good news for you. What’s happening? British Columbia has a new law requiring motorists to keep right and let others pass. Why are we doing this? From November 2013 to January 2014, we undertook a province-wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review. During the review, complaints about drivers “hogging” the left lane – despite direction in...

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Ask Drive BC: Your Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions

If you drive BC, we want you to “know before you go” by making DriveBC a regular part of pre-trip planning. Whatever we can do to make using the traveller information system easier, we’re all for. That includes answering your questions. We noticed some common questions, so we thought it would be a good idea to put them together as a helpful resource. Got a question about DriveBC? Good chance you’ll find the answer here: Q: How do you...

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Why You Should Bike to Work

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  “It’s cold out.” “I’m tired.” “I don’t want to get to work all sweaty.” It’s easy to come up with excuses NOT to bike to work. Until you’ve tried it, that is. That’s part of what Bike to Work Week, which runs annually the last week of May, is about — encouraging newbies to try commuting from a saddle while celebrating the benefits that can only be understood with experience. This year (2015), Bike to Work Week runs...

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How to Do a Pre-Trip Inspection on Your Recreational Vehicle

The all-important pre-trip inspection was one of the hot topics when Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers hosted a “Know Your Recreational Vehicle” safety education event in Kamloops on May 2, 2015. Big thanks to CFJC TV for coming out to cover the event at the Kamloops Westbound scale. WATCH VIDEO There’s a lot to know about your RV. Once you’ve mastered your RV’s specifications – incuding everything from towing requirements to load capacity – it’s essential to...

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Learn How to Make Your RV Safe and Legal with CVSE

Everyone’s recreational vehicle setup is different. From licencing to load and towing capacities, drivers can be left scratching their heads about their personal specifications… and how to travel safely (and legally) on BC highways. Our Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) branch wants to clear up any questions you may have about your RV to help gear you up for the adventures ahead this spring and summer. So, our trusty CVSE officers are shutting down the Kamloops Westbound Scale to...

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B.C. Driver Alert: When the School Bus Stops, You Stop

Do not pass when lights flashing

From September to June, parents in rural areas send their children off to school on the big yellow school bus, trusting that their child will get to class and back home safely each day. They are counting on motorists to do the right thing (the law-abiding thing) by coming to a complete stop when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing. Sadly, not everyone does stop when the school bus lights are flashing and kids could be...

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What NOT to wear on the Coquihalla

It may be the 21st century, where almost anything goes as far as fashion is concerned…but don’t tell that to the Coquihalla. As far as this mountain pass is concerned, if you don’t show up for class in proper winter attire, you can prepare to get schooled. You see, mountain passes in B.C. subscribe to the “be prepared” school of fashion and they like to see their guests arrive properly dressed, to say the least. If not, you will...

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How to Drive Around Snow Plows in BC

Pop quiz! You’re driving a two-lane highway after a fresh dumping of snow. You spot the flashing lights of a snow plow up ahead in the left lane. You… a) Speed up to get ready to pass in the right lane; b) Maintain speed until you settle in close behind the plow; c) Flash your high beams until the plow truck pulls over to let you pass; d) Keep your distance until the plow truck pulls over to allow...

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