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Small Space Hacks

There’s no shortage of creative ways to eke out extra room in a compact condo or tiny house. Designer Andrew Barker offers some design hacks that maximize a home’s available space while maintaining a sense of openness and flow.

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Karen Williams is one of 44 full-time inspectors who evaluate hotels and restaurants for CAA/AAA. While her description of the room might seem over-meticulous, this level of detail is hard-wired into the Diamond Rating System, which has 81 evaluation categories for hotels, and 59 for restaurants.

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Roads to Innovation

Watch our series Roads to Innovation where we look at the evolution of mobility in BC and Canada. Here we uncover how quickly innovation can creep up on us, becoming so embedded in our daily lives that what’s new becomes the every day.

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Overcome the worry when your child is riding in someone elses car

More and more parents are increasingly relying on others to get their children where they need to go. Carpooling to field trips and camp, rides from relatives, friends and child care providers are just a few of the transport realities that many parents face, particularly in summer when schools are out.

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Coasting South

Rocky formations dashed by crashing waves, glistening forms of sea lions on barren beaches and green fringes of trees reaching impossibly high above it all: on the American west coast, these supernatural elements meet human engineering in the form of curving asphalt, precipitous steel-strut bridges and coastal towns perched on cliffs. It’s a wild land- and seascape hugged by a storied route: the Pacific Coast Highway.

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The Guarding Garden

Gardens and yards add beauty and tranquility to any property. But when designed and installed thoughtfully, they can also help protect and add value to your home. Read on for tips on how to make the most of your great green investment.

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How the zipper merge can help beat bottlenecks—and be the polite thing to do

We’ve all been there. A sign warns of a lane closure ahead and you’re faced with two options: immediately merge into the bottleneck and secure your spot in line, or drive to the end of the closing lane before making your move—in front of drivers who waited their turn.

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Fun Father’s Day ideas to celebrate Dad

Here are some fun ways you can show your appreciation and love for your dad (and all the father figures in your life) while strengthening bonds and making memories. Plus, you can use your BCAA Membership card for some great Member exclusive savings.

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Outsmart BC’s wildfire season with a good defense using the BCAA Wildfire Checklists

If you live in a wildfire-prone area, here’s a series of important checklists to strengthen your defenses around your home and for your family. There’s a lot to think about when a wildfire becomes a threat, so we’ve also included some frequently asked insurance questions to help you stay informed and prepared.

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Show your colours and celebrate Pride Month!

Community spirit is part of our DNA here at BCAA. Across BC, our BCAA Service Locations and Auto Service Centres are excited to celebrate Pride Month with our communities. To help you celebrate as well, here’s a list of some local Pride events happening this June and throughout the summer.

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10 things a good summer party host should never say

Nothing beats bringing family and friends together. Without a doubt, we know BBQs and patio parties will be in full swing at many homes this summer (that’s right, bring out those potato salad recipes!). If you want to be known for having thrown the ultimate outdoor soiree, there are a few things you shouldn’t ignore. Here are tips on how to slay your summer house party.

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Op-Ed Column by Grant Stockwell: More lights, safety needed for BC's emergency roadside workers

Every day, cars speed past emergency roadside workers who are helping stranded motorists, putting everyone at risk. To help drivers know they are coming up to a scene that requires them to slow down and move over, BCAA is calling on the BC Government to allow the use of lights that will be more visible and grab attention. In May 2019, BCAA’s Senior Vice President Mobility, Grant Stockwell, wrote this column for The Province newspaper about this important issue.

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In the Line of Fire

Every year, just before summer, Shannon Bell collects her family’s photos, heirlooms and essentials and packs them into bins in case she and her husband need to evacuate. The duo, who own a log house in the Nazko Valley west of Quesnel, had to leave their home for 40 days in 2017 during the Plateau “monster” wildfire, as Shannon calls it, one of the worst in BC history at more than 500,000 hectares. The blaze came within two kilometres of their community, and several nearby families lost everything.

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