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Hate Bike Lanes? Confused about How to Drive near Cyclists? Read this.

A photo of a cyclist wearing a reflective vest and helmet as he goes down a bike lane.

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on Calgary streets as you do driving your car or truck. That’s the way it’s always been. Today, the big difference is there are a lot more bicycles on Calgary’s streets and their numbers are rising which can make it frustrating for motorists. What’s more, the city is encouraging them by painting special bike lanes on Calgary’s streets.

So, what to do? There is only one solution: share and share alike.

Okay, so you wish someone would inform the bikers of their obligations; but that job is for someone in the peddling community.

Drivers need to be specially conscious of their rights and obligations because their vehicles are a lot bigger and faster than bicycles and if bang comes to boom they are most likely to be the one standing in front of the judge.

A city spokesman has laid out the following rules: Cars and trucks must stay out of bike lanes when there is a solid line designating the lane. At corners where drivers may make a right hand turn crossing the lane the solid lines become dashes allowing them to cross the lane. However, it’s still the bikers lane and you must first shoulder check to ensure no one is peddling up on your right. If bikes are in the lane you must yield to them before you cross.

Bikes are so much slower than motorized vehicles that this can be very frustrating, particularly if you are behind other cars also waiting for the lane to clear. That’s the way it is, though, so it’s best to be prepared. First suggestion: get a map and find out where the bike lane streets are and avoid them, especially during high traffic times. When you find yourself on such a street try to plan your right hand turns or, better yet, work out a way to get where you’re going using a left hand turn. This is only practicable on one way streets, however.

When there are no designated bike lanes they are supposed to peddle in the regular lanes with the cars and trucks, but nobody really wants them to do this. Drivers hate it when bikers peddle along between lanes and it’s particularly infuriating when traffic is backed up. Designated bike lanes should reduce this especially if police ticket bicycling offenders.
So, there it is. Bicycles are here to stay so get used to them. Remember instructors at Derek Brown’s Driving Academy know all the ins and outs of driving Calgary’s busy streets. Its defensive driving course shows you how to operate you vehicle safely at all times, including how to avoid bicycles.

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How to Drive a Truck

Driving a truck is a lot of work but it can seem more free and fun than an office or other job. Here’s a video from youtube about how to drive a truck.

If this looks like something you might want to do for a career contact Derek Brown’s Driving Academy, a Calgary Truck Driving School.

And just for fun, here’s a funny video about driving a truck.

What to do After a Car Accident.

Most of us have heard the crunch, felt the jolt and had the sinking feeling after being in an accident. Car accidents can be terrible, life changing incidents. Even when they are not, they are still a shock to the system and a nuisance to deal with. What can you do to make your life easier after an accident?

1. First and foremost and under all circumstances, STOP after being in an accident. It is Canadian law and it is a very serious offense to drive away. Leaving the scene of an accident will only make the problem worse in the long run.

2. Call the police. It’s important to report accidents to the police if anyone in the accident sustains injuries or the damages are north of $1000. It’s important to be safe while doing this, so pull over to a safe location before calling the police or exiting the vehicle. Generally, if you aren’t sure whether to call the police or not, it’s best to call. Better safe than sorry.

3. Try to find a calm place. Car accidents aren’t fun and they can cause a lot of emotions. If no one has been injured, try to take a step back and realize it’s just stuff. Yes, very important stuff, but just stuff none the less. Keeping yourself in a good mental place will help you deal with the other driver and probably save you headaches in the long run.

4. Info Exchange. Be sure to exchange insurance information and all other applicable information to the accident down and exchange it with the police officer. If you have trouble exchanging information for whatever reason, wait for or call the police if you haven’t already.

5. Document the accident with pictures. This is important because it creates actual images of what happened rather than just witness accounts. I know this seems obvious, but it’s a very important part of the process.

6. Call your insurance company. The law says you must report it within a reasonable amount of time. Which, with most insurance companies is about a week. But you should probably call them right away if the accident is at all serious.

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The Good Advice Urinal

Michigan is trying a new approach to curbing drunk driving in the State. They are installing 400 talking urinal cakes around the State that will tell men not to drink and drive. The company that developed them is called Wizmark Industries and they are the “leaders in interactive urinal cake technology.” Impressive.

I’m not sure of how effective this new technology will be. First of all, there is very little evidence that urinal cake shaming works. None at all, in fact. Secondly, it’s message won’t be heard by an entire gender.

Here’s the article on it:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/07/urinal-cake-takes-the-piss-out-of-drunk-driving/

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Why Driving Lessons are a Good Idea, Especially if You Own a Lamborghini

Here’s a video gone viral of someone who could have benefitted big time with a beginner’s driving course and some in car lessons. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Call Derek Brown’s Driving Academy today. Save yourself from accidents, higher insurance, and possibly the embarrassment of seeing yourself in an accident on youtube.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pgm8I0B8bY