We Have Added A New 2020 Toyota Prius Prime To Our Training Fleet

In October 2019 we added a new 2020 Toyota Prius Prime to our training fleet. With the 2020 Prius Prime and our 2018 Toyota Corolla, we can now offer driver training on on all current automobile technologies: gas, hybrid and electric.

Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

To book Class 4 Restricted, Class 5 or Class 7 driving lessons with West Coast Driver Training, please Contact Us by phone or text at (250)732-8093 or by email at mark@WestCoastDriverTraining.com.

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1940 Advertisement For Plymouth, By Begg Motor Company, Government Street, Duncan

Historic Automotive Advertisements – 1940-1949

We came across this 1940 advertisement for Plymouth, place by the Begg Motor Company, which had dealerships in Victoria and Duncan.

1940 advertisement for Plymouth, sold by Begg Motor Company, 865 Yates Street, Victoria and on Government Street in Duncan.
1940 advertisement for Plymouth, sold by Begg Motor Company, 865 Yates Street, Victoria and on Government Street in Duncan.

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1940 Advertisement For Dodge, By Begg Motor Company, Government Street, Duncan

Historic Automotive Advertisements – 1940-1949

We came across this 1940 advertisement for Dodge, place by the Begg Motor Company, which had dealerships in Victoria and Duncan.

1940 advertisement for Dodge, sold by Begg Motor Company, 865 Yates Street, Victoria and on Government Street in Duncan.
1940 advertisement for Dodge, sold by Begg Motor Company, 865 Yates Street, Victoria and on Government Street in Duncan.

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1954 Victoria Newspaper Story About A Planned Police Crackdown On Drivers Not Using Hand Signals

Drivers taking ICBC Road Tests are required to demonstrate hand signals and many of our students ask why they have to know this since vehicles are equipped with turn signals and brake lights.

Here is a bit of history on the use of hand signals by drivers: a 1954 Victoria newspaper report about a planned crackdown by the Victoria police against drivers who fail to use hand signals.

Victoria newspaper story about a planned police crackdown on drivers not using hand signals, 1954.
Victoria newspaper story about a planned police crackdown on drivers not using hand signals, 1954.

Note the comments in the right hand column:

“Blinking lights on both sides of car (i.e. turn signals) that have an indicator inside on the dash are allowable if the blink 32 times per minute. Certain mechanical hands on commercial vehicles are allowed [note: some trucks and commercial vehicles of the period had mechanical indicators or pointers that signaled turns or lane changes], but the lighted trafficators on some British cars [note: some British cars of the period had lights which illuminated, but did not flash, to signal turns or lane changes] are against the law.”

West Coast Driver Training & Education Has Just Reached Its First Anniversary In Operation

West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc. has just reached a major milestone: one year of successful business operation.

Our thanks to all our students and clients who have made our first anniversary in operation possible. We look forward to many more anniversaries in future.


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We Are Now Offering Class 3 Driving Lessons

We have recently purchased a Mack Vision day cab tractor for teaching Class 3 Driving Lessons. See our pages on Lesson Prices – Class 3 and Our Policies – Class 3.

Our Mack tractor is equipped with a 13 speed Eaton Fuller manual transmission.

Our Mack Vision day cab which we use for Class 3 training.
Our Mack Vision day cab which we use for Class 3 training.

Class 3 includes:

  • To drive trucks with more than two axles, such as dump trucks and large tow trucks but does not allow driving a bus carrying passengers;
  • To drive a tow car towing a vehicle of any weight;
  • To drive a mobile truck crane;
  • To drive any vehicle in Class 5

We are currently looking for a high quality used trailer for teaching Class 1. We will start offering Class 1 lessons once we have acquired a suitable trailer.

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Video of Driving From Duncan To Parksville, circa 1966

The BC Ministry of Transportation has put this video on YouTube featuring a sped up film (the 1960’s equivalent of dash cam video) of a drive from Duncan to Parksville, circa 1966.

Many of the locations are still readily recognizable despite the many changes over the intervening decades.

 

And for the younger viewers, the background sound is of a movie projector.

We will post more of these videos in future.

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