Driving: can you turn left across a double solid yellow line?

Self-tutoring about driving: the tutor inquires about turning left across a double solid yellow line.

I’ve always thought it was illegal to cross a double solid yellow line. Therefore, if, along a double solid yellow line, I wanted to turn left into a destination, I would continue past until I could turn off the road, then return and enter the destination from the right.

Yet, my reading today suggests you can turn left across a double solid yellow line, if you are leaving or entering the road. Therefore, turning left across a double solid yellow line is permitted to turn into a driveway, for instance.

While making such a turn, however, the driver is under extra obligation to ensure its safety.

Such is my new understanding. There are source links below whence anyone can make their interpretation:)



www.bclaws.ca in partcular, 155 & 156


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Oil changes: is there a rule of thumb for how often?

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor inquires about oil change frequency.

I suddenly wondered: Is there a “rule of thumb” for mileage between oil changes?

Of course, the manufacturer’s advice for any specific model should be followed.

Moreover, newer cars often have an advisory function so that the onboard computer indicates when the oil needs changing. Obviously that advice would be important to follow.

In the absence of such advice, an oil change every 3000 to 5000 miles (5000 to 8000 km) seems to be the general recommendation. It coincides with the advice I’ve been given for the van my family drives.




Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Driving: another strategy with Google maps

Driving in a different city means self-tutoring. The tutor tells a strategy.

Let’s imagine you need turn left onto a road, but don’t know how busy it will be. You might wish to do so from a light or a four-way stop to be sure of a chance to turn left safely.

I was in such a situation. Having driven the road already, I knew one street, at least, crossed it on a four-way stop. Which street was it?

Having a hunch, I entered the corner into Google search: Street A at Street B, City, Province.

A map appears from which you’re offered a street view. Clicking that and manipulating it, you can see if the corner is indeed a four-way stop.

Best of luck, fellow navigators:)

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Driving: planning a route using Google

For me, driving leads to self-tutoring. The tutor tells how he uses Google to plan a driving route.

Nowadays I’m driving more, which also means looking up directions. Luckily, of course, there’s Google.

To find directions, I do the following:

  1. Find the address of the starting location (let’s call it Location A) and of the destination (let’s call it Location B).
  2. In the Google search bar, key in Location A to Location B.
  3. A map will appear which you can click to enlarge and see the route.

I learned this method from my wife, Diane.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Driving: rain-x and Fog Relief

The tutor brings up two products he finds indispensable.

I’m not a casual driver, but I have to drive sometimes. More often, my wife does the driving.

I try to make the car as easy and safe as possible to drive. Some examples are replacing the tires when they’re wearing out, keeping the tires at proper pressure, and keeping the windows clean.

Around five months of the year, the weather here is very rainy; then, just having the windows clean doesn’t seem to be enough. To maintain visibility during those winter months, I treat the car windows with two products: rain-x and Fog Relief.

rain-x (its name is in lower case) is for external application. I find it makes a dramatic improvement to driving visibility. On a window treated with it, the rain won’t film; it just beads and rolls off. Heading into the winter months, I religiously treat the car windows with rain-x.

Fog Relief is applied to the inside of a window to prevent its fogging up. I find it does help. Sometimes, fog will still form on a treated window; however, the advantage I’ve found is that, once you wipe the fog off with a clean cloth, it doesn’t return.

I highly recommend both rain-x and Fog Relief.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.