Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

Your Emergency Car Kit

Emergency Car KitWith varying elements, winter driving can be unpredictable.  Based on an ICBC survey, seven out of 10 drivers admit to feeling less safe or more frustrated on the roads in  winter conditions. Over 24,000 crashes occur in January.

An accident can happen to anyone. According to driving.ca, experts recommend keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle no matter where you’re going in case you become stranded.

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Cycling Technology to Keep You Safe

Visijax Commuter Jacket

Visijax Commuter Jacket

During this time of year, staying visible as a cyclist is crucial. These new products focus on connecting drivers and cyclists to keep everyone safe on the road.

Signaling at the tip of your fingers: Zackees has developed turn-signaling gloves to clarify cyclist intentions for drivers. Activated by touching your thumb to your index finger, the gloves display an LED arrow indicating which way you’re turning on your bike.

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Road Rage Leads to Liability

Road Rage Liability Case British Columbia Sometimes other motorists, including cyclists, can say or do things that irritate you. But is it worth stalking and intimidating someone in your vehicle to prove a point? In the case of Davies v. Elston, it wasn’t.

On a sunny October day in 2011, Jim Davies, an active 77-year old and experienced cyclist, rode along his regular route on Railway Avenue in Richmond with his son, Gary. Riding at a relaxed speed in a designated bike lane, Gary notices a truck’s mirror extending into their path. He comments on the mirror loudly enough for his partially-deaf father, and unknowingly for the owner Kevin Elston.

Elston decides to confront the cyclists and begins following them in his Ford F350 pickup. He rides closely to the bike lane and exchanges words with Gary: “Who had a problem with my mirrors?”, “Do you think you own the road?”, and “You cyclists are all the same”. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Snow Sledding Safety Tips

Sledding Safety TipsMany of us are embracing winter by partaking in a cherished Canadian pastime, sledding. While sledding can seem like harmless fun, sledding injuries have sent many to emergency rooms each year.

Research shows over 20,000 emergency room visits per year were a direct result of sledding injuries in patients 19 and younger. Some Canadian cities, such as Hamilton, Ontario, have even continued to ban sledding, placing “No Tobogganing” signs on popular hills and a $105 fine on the winter activity.

Luckily in BC, sledding is still allowed in designated areas to keep everyone active during the cooler months. Michael A. Gleiber, MD offers the following tips in The Huffington Post so that you and your family can enjoy the snow safely: READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Sprinkler Prank No Laughing Matter

Money coming out of fire sprinklerWe’ve all heard the saying “kids will be kids”, but that reasoning was not enough in the case of a young prankster.

In 2012, 14-year-old Carson Dean, a student at Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo, decided to play a prank on his friend during his lunch break. He took his friend’s padlock and first tried to attach it to a hallway door, for which he was reprimanded by a teacher. He then set his sights on the sprinkler head on the ceiling. He began jumping for the sprinkler on the 8 foot high ceiling and eventually set it off along with the fire alarm. The gushing water forced the entire school to evacuate. Carson admitted what he had done to a teacher. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Five Years of Illegal Distracted Driving

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TELUS “Thumbs Up. Phones Down.” campaign

It’s been five years since using a mobile device while driving became illegal. But has the ban stopped drivers from picking up their phones?

The current fine for distracted driving under the BC Motor Vehicle Act is $167 and three demerit points, one of the lowest fines in Canada. According to CBC, more than 209,000 tickets were issued for distracted driving and of the 269 people killed in BC in the last year, distracted driving led to 77 deaths.

“I would say most drivers know intuitively it’s wrong to have a cellphone in your hand, there seems to be a disconnect between that and knowing it’s illegal,” North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard DeJong tells CBC. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Eye Tracking Detects TBIs

brain_damage-464x464Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new and non-invasive eye tracking technology to quickly determine the severity of head impact.

NYU’s study evaluated 169 patients. 157 patients were neurologically normal and 12 had specific  nerve weaknesses in the eyes or brain swelling. An eye tracking device measured the ratio of horizontal to vertical eye movements as participants watched a 220 second music video.The neurologically normal participants displayed 1:1 ratios while those with nerve damage or swelling in the brain demonstrated abnormal eye movement ratios reflecting the affected nerve. In each patient with abnormal eye movement, surgery was able to repair the brain which corrected the eye movements to a normal range. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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New Year’s Resolutions to Keep

Start off the New Year with Resolutions for a safer 2015:

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Happy Holidays

 

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Stay Secure Online and In-Store

online_security-464x464While some brave malls and big box stores this holiday season, many prefer to shop online. Forbes offers the following essential tips to staying secure online and in-store this holiday season:

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  1. Software Updates: Many hackers attempt to gain access to your information through outdated software. Make sure that every piece of software that you use,including apps, are as up to date as possible.
  2. Secured Websites: Secured website addresses begin with “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP”. Another indication is that there is a green padlock in front of the “HTTPS” in the address bar.
  3. Look for Secure Payment Seals: Look for payment seals such as Norton Secured or VeriSign. These verify that the website you are purchasing from is legit and also secure your information. READ FULL ARTICLE +
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