All posts tagged: Road Safety, Iain Shankland

Invisible Police Cruisers – Toronto’s Are Getting A Makeover

Toronto police cruisers are getting a dramatic makeover, and although a final decision on the design has not been made, the entire fleet will be dark grey going forward. The new police cruisers will be in stark contrast to the bright white with blue and red stripes along the side of present cruisers that will be phased out. Some of the new-look stealth cars are already on active duty around the city.

Speeding Tickets – Are They For Our Safety Or Just A Tax?

The police, insurance companies and the media are all selling the myth that “Speed Kills.” It doesn’t. The use of actual facts and logic in this film eliminates the lies that lower speed limits are saving lives and an arbitrary number on a posted sign is the difference between life and death. Take the time to watch this video – it’s the best debunking of the “Speed Kills” myth I’ve ever seen…. Source: @Six7films Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) Copyright © 2016 by Iain Shankland. All rights reserved.


DISTRACTED DRIVING – Responsible For 8 Out Of 10 Collisions

DISTRACTED DRIVING While numbers may vary, the evidence to date clearly shows that driver distraction is an important issue for road safety. CAA believes that the rise of habits that constitute distracted driving, and particularly texting while driving, over the past decade, is a serious cause for concern. THE ISSUE WITH DISTRACTION… Even a moment’s distraction can be dangerous for you as a driver and to everyone around you on the road. Based on a recent CAA time trial, replying to a text message takes an average of 33.6 seconds. If you’re driving on a residential road, this means you may have missed 85 parked cars, 36 houses or 5 intersections. Maybe you didn’t see the vehicle that was backing down a driveway or maybe it was the young cyclists who may have suddenly turned into your path. Just imagine what else you may have missed, and the consequences that could follow.

Volvo Cars makes driving at night safer and more comfortable with innovative, permanent high beam

The new Volvo S60 and XC60 – shown to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show – can be fitted with an innovation that makes driving in the dark safer and more comfortable. The renewed Active High Beam Control makes it possible to use high beam continuously thanks to an ingenious mechanism that prevents dazzling of oncoming drivers.

Road Test Special: Does Your Vehicle Have A Winter Emergency Kit?

Imagine this… You’re driving home from a relative’s or a friend’s house one winter evening. When you left home it was a clear, bright sunny day – but an unexpected snowstorm has quickly moved through the area and you’re trying to get home quickly and safely. The road you’re driving on could be a major highway or a country back road, but either way, it’s deserted and you see very few vehicles. Rounding a bend you start to slide off the road, and before you can do anything about it you’re well and truly stuck in the snow. You may be right beside the road, so someone passing by will see you (and hopefully won’t slide right into your car), or you may be off the road just far enough that a passing motorist wouldn’t see your vehicle as they passed by. (I came upon one motorist a couple of years ago that went into the centre median ditch and the only visible signs of his car were the taillights.) You know you have to …

Is Your Car Ready For Winter? Winter Tires Vs. Summer/All-Season Tires

Has winter arrived in your part of the world yet? In my area we usually get our first big snowstorm on or around the 15th of November, but so far this year we’re still having well-above freezing temperatures with no snow in sight!  The inevitable is going to happen sooner or later, but my usual concern when the snow starts to fly is: when do I change from my summer tires to my winter tires? I keep a record of all the work done on my car, from oil changes to brake jobs to tire changes. That’s why I know that the middle of November is my signal to change to winter tires.

Auto Eyes – Product Review

Have you ever been driving at night when you see a car coming towards you with only one headlight on? Is it a car? Or is it a motorbike, or even a truck? It can be pretty hard to tell until you get quite close … and it’s a pretty uneasy feeling you get – especially when it’s the left light that is working … because from a distance you’re not quite sure if it’s on your side of the road or on the other side.