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New Legislation

Last fall I wrote about new potential laws on graduated licensing and hand-held devices. It looks like those proposed laws are about to become a reality New Legislation to better protect young drivers. Under the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s announcement yesterday drivers under the age of 21 would require a zero-blood alcohol level. Under […]

Yield to the Bus

I am all for public transit, it usually moves people more efficiently than in individual automobiles, it helps to reduce pollution and it helps move people who may not be able to afford to have their own personal vehicle. But what I am not in favour of is aggressive bus drivers that do forget that […]

Please Stop Clearing Our Rural Highways

This weekend I headed back up again to Southern Ontario ski country, Collingwood, Ontario. And typical for when I drive I got to go through some nasty weather and what I saw out there scared me; between the drivers and the snow plows. Ontario snowplowing – Does it Work? Back in December I wrote an […]

Ontario Snowplows: Do They Help?

Over the holidays I was fortunate to do one of the things I love most, to downhill ski. I worked up at a little resort in Southern Ontario, called Alpine Ski Club. And everyday I had to make the trek from my parents place to the hill. We had a variety of weather, from rain, […]

Happy Holidays

It is Christmas day today and I just wanted to send out a reminder to respect the roads. Environment Canada predicts that the entire country will be blanketed in snow for the first time since 1971, which means we need to respect the roads. Here are some simple driving tips to make sure you arrive […]

Quebec City Knows What They Are Doing

Having recently returned from a ski camp in  Quebec I was just amazed at their snow removal and ice maintenance procedures. Snow Removal… The Quebec plows don’t mess around, if you are in the way you get hit AND it’s your fault! Out in the rural areas on the highways the plows drive at about […]

Are Changes Coming to the Rules of the Road in Ontario?

Over the last 24 hours there has been some exciting announcements on 680 news with respect to accidents and trucks. Drivers Should be Held Accountable in Bad Weather This was the statement from Police Chief Julian Fantino (here). He stated that he believes and the statistics support that 40% of accidents in poor weather conditions […]

Are Changes Coming?

The London Free Press is reporting this morning on an audit currently underway in Ontario. The number 1 concern … SAFETY. The article starts with the devastating propane explosion in Toronto this passed summer; that definitely was a wake up call that perhaps we aren’t that safe! What peaked my interest in the article was […]

New Management Needed

In what seems to be a never-ending series, Toronto had another devastating truck accident last night. A transport truck carrying copper piping tumbled from an overpass on to the highway below crushing 4 cars, injuring  4 people and killing 1. (Versions and pictures of the story can be found here, here and here). Knowing the […]

Are You Distracted While Driving?

Yesterday the official announcement came through in Ontario that legislation would be put forward banning cell phone use in vehicles. Officially it will be voted on as Driver Distraction Legislation such that not only cellphones and smart-phones are included but also portable DVD players, laptops and personal gaming systems. Ontario follows behind Quebec, Nova Scotia, […]