Fifteen New Regulations in the BC Registry of Motor Vehicle’s 2009 Handbook.
- Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident BC driver avoids using them.
- Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, because somebody else will fill in the space, putting you in an even more dangerous situation.
- The faster you drive through a red light, the less of a chance you have of getting hit.
- Warning! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it and it will result in your being rear-ended.
- Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork, especially with Alberta or Saskatchewan plates. With no insurance, the other operator has nothing to lose.
- Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous foot massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it’s a chance to strengthen your leg muscles.
- Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It’s a good way to prepare other drivers entering the highway.
- Speed limits are arbitrary figures; given only as a suggestion and are not enforceable in BC during rush hour, especially in Victoria and Vancouver.
- Just because you’re in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn’t mean that a BC driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn’t think he can go faster in your spot.
- Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire. This is seen as a sign of respect for the victim.
- Learn to swerve abruptly without signalling. BC is the home of high-speed slalom driving; thanks to the Department of Public Works, which puts pot-holes in key locations to test drivers’ reflexes and keep them alert.
- It is tradition in BC to honk your horn at cars in front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the light turns green.
- To avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover, it is important to exit your vehicle through the windshield right away. Wearing your seat belt will only impede your hi-velocity escape from danger.
- Remember that the goal of every BC driver is to get ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary.
- In BC, ‘flipping the bird’ is considered a polite salute. This gesture should always be returned.